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Wednesday, December 03, 2008

Ex-QPR John Hollins Axed...Cochrane Trialing

Weymouth Official Site Terras sack Hollins - MANAGER John Hollins has been sacked by Weymouth Football Club. further details to follow - Weymouth

BBC - Weymouth dismiss manager Hollins

Hollins spent less than a year in charge of Weymouth
Weymouth have confirmed that their manager John Hollins has been sacked.

Hollins was suspended in November while the club investigated alleged breaches of his contract.

Weymouth chairman Malcolm Curtis said: "John has the option of appealing but I am confident our case is watertight and in the best interests of Weymouth."

The former Chelsea midfielder and Swansea boss was appointed in January and saved the club from relegation to Blue Square South last season.

His departure follows a disciplinary hearing, attended by Hollins, a Professional Footballers Association representative and Terras officials.

Curtis added: "After appointing John Hollins last January, things went superbly. He installed respect and discipline into the camp and kept us in the Blue Square Premier which had been his brief.

"However we hardly saw him during the close season and it was left to his assistant Alan Lewer to do all the work and sign all the players.

"I began to worry when John eventually turned up at the end of pre-season and had to be introduced to the players. That was embarrassing and unfortunately was a sign of things to come.

It was embarrassing for me and for the Woking chairman and I'm sure our supporters will feel let down by John's actions

Terras chairman Malcolm Curtis
"Since then he has failed to turn up for training on a number of occasions and has not kept within the strict playing budget that was set for him."

Curtis said the most serious breach of contract came when Hollins is alleged to have approached Woking about their vacant managers' position earlier this season.

"We got wind that John had spoken to Woking," explained Curtis, "but he denied it and I was tempted to dismiss it as just another rumour".

"But I rang Woking's chairman who said he'd look into it and he came back to say that yes, John had spoken to a couple of club's directors about the job.

"To me, that's not the behaviour of someone committed to Weymouth or who even cares about Weymouth Football Club.

"It was embarrassing for me and for the Woking chairman and I'm sure our supporters will feel let down by John's actions, the same way that both Alan Lewer and the players felt let down."

This was always on the cards. The players will be next and I am sure the club, if it is as skint as it says will be trying to cut back even further

With Hollins departed, Alan Lewer will now get the opportunity to prove his worth in charge of the Terras in a caretaker capacity.

"Alan Lewer has been a real credit throughout this difficult time and he will now assume the responsibility of first team manager on a caretaker basis", added Curtis.

"Hopefully we can now move on and put this business behind us." BBC

Romford Recorder - Cochrane Trialing at Orient
Ling runs rule over midfielder

ORIENT boss Martin Ling has been running the rule over midfielder Justin Cochrane

The 26-year-old played for Orient's reserves in the 2-1 defeat at Southend on Tuesday.

Hackney-born Cochrane started his career at QPR and went on to make 60 league starts for Crewe and also had spells at Gillingham, Rotherham, Yeovil and Millwall.

Ling explained: "He's with us for 10 days and it's a case of checking his fitness and assessing the situation and we will make a decision at the end of next week."

There was no winning start for Cochrane, as Ryan Jarvis put O's 1-0 up in the first half of the reserve clash, but Southend hit back and levelled before snatching a last-minute winner. Romford Recorder

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