Dave Frecklington has admitted his sacking as Gainsborough Trinity manager came as a complete shock, but is proud of his achievements at the Northolme.

Frecklington was dismissed last week following the 5-0 defeat at Bradford Park Avenue. However, that loss came following impressive back-to-back wins against Chorley and Alfreton Town, which lifted the Blues out of the National League North relegation zone.

He has been replaced at the helm by Lee Sinnott, who took charge of his first training session last night. Frecklington admitted he was bemused at the timing of his dismissal, so soon after Trinity had climbed out of the drop zone.

“It was a shock, if I’m being totally honest,” said Frecklington, who was dismissed along with his assistant Terry Fleming. “We thought if they were going to do it, then it would be after the Leamington defeat [Trinity lost 3-0] as we had Alfreton and Chorley to come at home.

“We were told that they [the board] were fully behind us and that I was the right man in charge. Then we won back-to-back home games against two really good sides.

“We went up to 17 and the spirit in the camp was brilliant. We were supposed to play Curzon at home on the Saturday.

“That was called off, then we went to play-off chasing Bradford. It was a poor performance and we were sacked the next day.

“I was very surprised with the way it came about, having had two wins from three games. We were out of the relegation zone, we’d reached the first round of the FA Cup, we’d won the Lincs Senior Cup, we’d kept the club up last year – we’d hit every target that we were set.

“So to be dismissed six days after the Chorley game came as a bit of shock.”

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