Scunthorpe United have parted company with first team manager Stuart McCall following a disappointing 3-1 defeat at Rochdale.
McCall becomes the third manager in twelve months to lose their job following Graham Alexander and Nick Daws out of the exit door at Glanford Park.
He took charge at the Iron in August after Nick Daws was dismissed just four matches into the campaign.
A run of five victories in six had Scunthorpe in mid-table at the end of January as McCall won the coveted ‘Manager of the Month’ award, but just two wins since have seen them drop to 18th in the table.
Fans favourite Andy Dawson will take caretaker charge until the end of the season.
Following that poor run of form, Scunthorpe are now amongst the favourites for relegation and their odds have tumbled to 3/1 with most bookmakers after recent defeats to struggling rivals Rochdale and Bristol Rovers.
With as many as thirteen sides still in danger of relegation, there is a lot of value in the market and you can take advantage of all the latest free bets online as we head into the crucial last few weeks of the campaign.
Scunthorpe fans who took advantage of the generous 16/1 odds on a top half finish when they were 23rd in the table in December, will be hoping that temporary boss Andy Dawson can have a positive effect on the squad with the final top half spot still very much up for grabs for a team that can put a good run together in the final weeks of the season.
The odds, which had tumbled to 5/1 after the Iron’s good January form are back out to 12/1, but could be seen as great value if Dawson makes the same impact as he did when placed in caretaker charge following the dismissal of Russ Wilcox in October 2014. He guided a struggling side to a surprising and impressive 3-0 win at Gillingham that day, sparking a revival that saw the Iron secure a respectable 16th place finish and fans will be hoping for more of the same between now and May.
Iron chairman Peter Swann admitted he made the decision to axe McCall as he was not confident the ex Scotland international could guide his side to safety in League One, despite backing him in the January window.
“The results haven’t been good enough,” Swann said in an interview on Radio Humberside.
“I supported him through the period when we lost eight in a row. It came to January and players were brought in to improve the side.
“But there were key games against Oxford, Bristol Rovers and Gillingham. If you look at those we needed to do better.
“The results don’t lie. I stuck by him during those losses but I feel we should have done better since January.
“We should be safe by now. If we had won those four or five games that we should have done then we could be fighting for a play-off place.
“I think Stuart had done a job but relapsed from improving in January.
“We need results. A 30 per cent win rate is not good enough and I thought it was the right time.
Swann said that there will be no appointment between now and the end of the season and said he sees Dawson as a future manager of the club.
“I like to think Andy Dawson will be the future manager of Scunthorpe United,” Swann said.
“I have worked with Andy for the five or six years I have been at the club. He is a quality coach and someone who could be a quality manager.
“We are in a good position to keep ourselves up and I believe Andy and the team can come forward, play their hearts out and make sure we stay in League One.”
Dawson has also moved quickly to appoint ex England international Nick Barmby as first team coach, in an attempt to bring some fresh ideas to the table for the run in.
The Iron welcome relegation threatened AFC Wimbledon to North Lincolnshire on Saturday, which is seen by fans as a must win if they are to pull away from the League One relegation zone.