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Coach Ian Sharps leaves Walsall

By Joseph Masi | Walsall FC | Published:

Walsall have parted ways with first-team coach Ian Sharps, the club has confirmed.

Ian Sharps (left) pictures with Dean Keates and Portsmouth boss Kenny Jackett

The former Rotherham, Shrewsbury and Burton defender was appointed to the Saddlers coaching staff by former manager Jon Whitney back in November 2016.

Sharps filled the void following Dean Holden's departure to Bristol City. He had previously been assistant manager at non-league Chester.

But he has now left the club as boss Dean Keates works to build his own team both on and off the field.

A statement released by Walsall said: "Walsall Football Club can confirm that First-Team Coach Ian Sharps has left the Club.

"The 37-year-old former Rotherham, Shrewsbury and Burton defender joined the Saddlers in November 2016 after leaving Chester, where he served as assistant manager.

"He took caretaker charge following Jon Whitney’s departure in March and worked alongside manager Dean Keates, playing an important role, as we retained our League One status.

"We would like to thank Ian for all his hard work and dedication during his time with the club and wish him well for the future."

Sharps departure could see Walsall make a move for Wrexham coach Andy Davies, who was assistant to Keates in his time at the Racecourse Ground.

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Davies was placed in temporary charge of the Dragons following Keates' departure in March.

But he may now be open to a move following the Welsh side's recent appointment of Sam Ricketts as manager.

Meanwhile, youngster Will Shorrock has become the first player to announce he is leaving Walsall this summer.

The 19-year-old made his League One debut at Fleetwood on Saturday but won't have his contract renewed for the 2018/19 campaign.

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In a post of social media website Instagram, Shorrock said: "Just shows the harsh reality of football.

"To make my League One debut and three days later be released.

"By far one of the most ruthless jobs there is, however the hard work continues."

Boss Keates is currently holding end-of-season meetings with his players in order to inform them who features in his future plans.

Those discussions started yesterday and are due to continue this week with the Saddlers then publishing their released and retained list.

Joseph Masi

By Joseph Masi
Football MMPJ - @josephmasi_star

Football journalist for the Express & Star covering Walsall FC.

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