Harry Fay last night became the first managerial casualty of the new Irish League season after parting company with Dungannon Swifts.
Fay and his assistant Terry McCrory paid the price for a disastrous start to the campaign when they were sacked after an emergency board meeting.
Youth team coach Gary McCullough and fitness coach James Slater will take charge of the team for tomorrow’s crucial clash away to Institute.
Fay (pictured) was appointed as manager back in 2006 but had come under intense pressure in recent weeks, culminating in a dreadful 2-0 home defeat by Bangor on Tuesday night.
Speaking last night, Fay said he was upset that his time at the club had come to an end.
“It’s disappointing and I would be lying if I said otherwise,” he said. “We had a board meeting, things were said and I got a chance to air a few things that I wasn’t happy about.
“I’ve spoken to the players and they are disappointed but that is football. There is life after Harry Fay and Dungannon Swifts will still go on.
“The important thing now is for the players to focus on getting a couple of wins and getting back up the table. There is quality there and once the confidence returns they can go on and push for a top six finish this season. We had some really good seasons but then clubs come in and cherry-pick your best players. We recruited well in the summer and I was very optimistic about the season ahead.”
A statement on the club’s official website last night read: “It is with deep regret that the management committee of Dungannon Swifts FC have to announce that the club has parted company with manager Harry Fay and assistant manager Terry McCrory with immediate effect.”
A club spokesman said the manager’s job would be advertised in due course and they would be making no further comment.