Sheffield Wednesday: Iron sack former Owls No 2 Wilcox

Former Scunthorpe boss Russ Wilcox.
Former Scunthorpe boss Russ Wilcox.
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Scunthorpe United sacked manager Russ Wilcox following a poor run of results.

Wilcox, who took over last December following ex-Sheffield Wednesday manager Brian Laws’ departure, led the Iron to promotion last season having finished runners-up to Chesterfield in League Two.

The 50-year-old, who worked as Laws’ assistant at Hillsborough, also enjoyed a record-breaking 28-game unbeaten run for a manager’s first spell in charge, surpassing a feat set 125 years ago. For Wilcox’s achievements, he was awarded the League Two Manager of the Year accolade.

However, Wilcox, a former Doncaster Rovers player, has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks with the club winning just two of their 11 league games to sit second-from-bottom in League One. The Iron have lost six of their last seven matches in all competitions, culminating in a 2-1 home defeat to Notts County in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy in midweek.

A statement on Scunthorpe’s read: “The club would like to place on record their thanks to Russ and John [Schofield] for their efforts,

Andy Dawson and coach Tony Daws have been placed in temporary charge for the trip to Gillingham this weekend.