Ilkeston Town FC said goodbye to their manager last night only a few weeks into the football season.
Gary Hayward was appointed following the sudden departure of Jamie Ward just before the start of the 2023/24 campaign. Ilkeston won their first three games under Hayward but have since lost four in a row.
The football club released the following statement:
Following discussions this evening between the club and Gary Hayward, we can confirm that Ilkeston Town Football Club and Gary Hayward have mutually agreed to part ways.
We would like to place on record our sincere thanks to Gary for his work, passion, and commitment since joining the Club.
We wish Gary every success for the future.
James Jepson takes interim control of all first team matters whilst the process of appointing a new manager takes place.
Hayward’s departure has led to mixed views from supporters, some saying he was not given long enough, others saying he was the wrong appointment in the first place.
Interestingly, a supporter of Mickleover FC, who beat Ilkeston yesterday in the Cup, wrote on social media: “That’s a mad decision. You’re the best side we’ve played all season, could of gone either way. First goal was always gonna be crucial. Good luck rest of season guys.”