Barrow AFC caretaker manager Neill Hornby was upset to see Micky Moore axed this week.

He labelled Sunday’s FA Cup exit at Shaw Lane as disappointing, embarrassing and unacceptable after it led to Moore’s dismissal.

Hornby only arrived at the Bluebirds on Friday to take up a contract until the end of the season as Moore’s assistant.

However, four days after being appointed, he was thrust into a new position as interim boss, and has been taking training this week in preparations for Saturday’s National League match at Ebbsfleet.

Hornby said he was positive he and Moore could have turned Barrow’s fortunes around, after a run of just one win in 11 games since the resignation of Paul Cox in August.

The duo were not given that chance, however, and Hornby said of this week’s events: “I was very shocked, disappointed, sad. Micky’s a very good guy, I’ve known him for years and he’s a very good man.

“I know he has worked tirelessly to get Barrow moved up the table, and it’s just purely – in my opinion – been down to the spate of bad injuries we’ve had. We’ve got several key players who would be in the starting 11 missing through injury – you get those back in and it makes one hell of a difference.”

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