Forest Green Rovers have parted company with manager Ady Pennock just one week before their Vanarama National League play-off semi-final first leg

The club released a statement on their website on Wednesday afternoon, describing the decision to part company with the former Bournemouth and Gillingham defender as “difficult”.

The statement also confirmed that academy manager Scott Bartlett will take over on a caretaker basis.

The statement in full read:

“Despite finishing the regular season in second place, Rovers missed out on automatic promotion after recording just one win during the final two months of the season leading up to Saturday’s remaining fixture against Dover Athletic.fgr

“Forest Green Rovers chairman Dale Vince said: “it was a difficult decision just a week out from the play-offs after Ady had taken us to our highest placed finish in the National League.

“However, as a club we felt we needed to make this change, in order to give us the best chance of succeeding in the play offs.

“We thank Ady for his efforts while at the club and wish him well in the future.”

“Forest Green Rovers Academy manager and former 1st team captain Scott Bartlett will take over as caretaker manager.

“Pennock joined Forest Green in November 2013, replacing previous manager David Hockaday who had been at The New Lawn for over four years.

“He guided FGR to a 5th placed finish last season, before losing 1-0 and 2-0 in the play off semi finals against eventual promotion winners Bristol Rovers”

Forest Green round off their National League season with an away game at Dover Athletic on Saturday and, depending on results, the two clubs could meet just days later in the National League play-offs. 

Article: Mark Carruthers (@marknldaily)



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