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Bottom-of-the-table Rushall Olympic sack Wayne Thomas after Non-League Day thrashing

By Harry Leather | Rushall Olympic | Published:

Rushall Olympic have sacked manager Wayne Thomas after the Walsall club won just three of their first 14 league fixtures this season.

Former Southampton defender Wayne Thomas has been sacked as Rushall Olympic manager

Both Thomas, a former Stoke, Burnley and Southampton defender, and his assistant Will Ryder left the club with immediate effect on Saturday after the Pics lost 4-0 to Altrincham on Non-League Day 2017.

The result means Rushall are bottom of the Evo-Stik Premier Division with 11 points after conceding 11 goals in two matches this week.

In a statement released after Saturday's home game, the club thanked Thomas and Ryder for their hard work and wished the pair well.

"It is not a decision that the club has taken lightly and we are saddened that things have not worked out," the statement added.

"Sitting at the foot of the Evo-Stik Premier table approaching a third of the way through the season and the manner of recent results has brought this difficult decision into focus and it is one that we feel has been made in the best interests of the club."

Thomas, who took over at Moss Lane in May after coaching the under-19s at Kidderminster Harriers, said he was disappointed but wished the club "the very best of luck in the future".

  • Read Wayne Thomas's full statement:

John Allen and Trevor Burroughs will prepare the Pics squad for Tuesday's visit of seventh-placed Barwell.

Harry Leather

By Harry Leather
Digital Journalist - @hleather_star

Digital journalist covering breaking news across the region from the Express & Star's head office in Wolverhampton.

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