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As The Axe Falls

By Bescotbanter
After twenty one League games and only five wins Walsall Football Club have parted ways with manager Chris Hutchings and assistant Martin O'Connor; this comes on the back of several poor performances which include the New Years Day defeat by Notts County and, the Bank Holiday Monday drubbing against Peterborough United which leaves The Saddlers eight points from safety with very little hope of staying in N Power League  One.
As for a replacement, several names are being banded about by fans and pundits alike, names which include, former Saddlers David Kelly and Mark Kinsella, and even ex-Aston Villa, Celtic and Leicester City manager Martin O'Neil. The current bookies favourite is the caretaker manager and Head of Youth at the club Dean Smith, although the odds for Mark Kinsella taking over have been slashed after he and manager Phil Parkinson were relieved of their duties by Charlton Athletic, but whoever the board selects to take charge will have a mammoth task to simply steady the ship, and restore the confidence the whole club desperately needs, this itself may require an experienced man at the helm rather than a rookie simply looking for managerial experience.
Until the club announce their intentions regarding a time-scale for applications, it is impossible to predict who the new manager will be, but as the transfer window is open, and Walsall have just received a small financial boost from Leicester for their sale of former Saddlers prospect Matty Fryatt to Hull City, time is of the essence to install a manager and allow them time to bring in the players the team desperately needs to improve their already slim chance of achieving League One survival.

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