AFC Wimbledon have confirmed that they have parted company with manager Glyn Hodges and his assistant Nick Dawes.
The news comes shortly after they were defeated 2-0 at home against rivals Milton Keynes Dons in the first meeting between the two clubs at Plough Lane.
Hodges leaves the club sat in the League One relegation places and with the worst form across the last ten matches.
Glyn Hodges Sacked By AFC Wimbledon
AFC Wimbledon has today parted company with first team manager Glyn Hodges and assistant manager Nick Daws by mutual consent. We thank Glyn and Nick for their contributions to the club. Full statement: https://t.co/7rs1bJVsKV #AFCW pic.twitter.com/yXjWNtWtcS
— AFC Wimbledon (@AFCWimbledon) January 30, 2021
In a statement, AFC Wimbledon CEO Joe Palmer said: “It is with a genuinely heavy heart that I have to announce that we have parted company with Glyn.
“After a strong start to the season when the team was arguably over-performing, the recent run of results left us in a difficult position. We need to do everything to ensure our survival in League One and after a brief chat Glyn and I have agreed that a parting of the ways today is in the best interests of Wimbledon.
Hodges’ Time at the Club
Hodges, who played over 200 games for Wimbledon FC in the 1980s, was the assistant manager to previous boss Wally Downes but was promoted to the role of manager when Downes left the club in 2019.
Their excellent form under Hodges saw them miraculously stay up in League One last season having looked certainties for relegation under Downes, but form this season has dwindled after a positive start.
The club have the worst form in the league and are without a win in the division since beating Peterborough United 2-1 on December 2.
Today’s match against MK Dons has been the final straw for Hodges, with games against their rivals always carrying extra pressure.
Second-half goals from Matt O’Riley and Matthew Sorinola did the business for the away side, who extended the gap between themselves and AFC Wimbledon to nine points courtesy of the win.
The club have confirmed that Mark Robinson has been placed in interim charge of first-team duties while the search goes on for a new manager.
Robinson’s first task in the role will be a trip to Oxford United this Tuesday in the quarter-final of the Papa John’s Trophy, while his first league game will be the visit to fellow strugglers Wigan Athletic in a week’s time.