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COLERAINE last night sacked manager Davy Platt following a poor run of results which saw the club slip to tenth place in the Carling Premiership.

A short statement confirmed the decision on Thursday evening, "Following a meeting of the Coleraine FC Board of Directors this evening, David Platt has been relieved of his duties as Coleraine manager with immediate effect."

Club chairman, Hugh Wade, paid tribute to the efforts of Platt but insisted that something had to be done to halt their slide down the table.

"The Board met last night and had a difficult decision to make. We have a lot of respect for David and, as a Coleraine man, we would have liked nothing better than if David could have proved to be a success at Coleraine FC. We are very appreciative of the hard work which David put into Coleraine FC during his time here and naturally we wish him well in the future," he told the official club website.

"However, with only 9 wins out of 24 matches, we felt a decision had to be made to turn around the fortunes of the club. Hence, the Board unanimously decided that a managerial change was the correct decision and informed David last night.Aidy McLaughlin and Jody Tolan will be in charge for this evening's match against Lisburn Distillery. There has obviously already been a lot of speculation and indeed expressions of interest as far as who will take over the position of manager.

"The Board will meet over the course of the weekend to consider the next course of action, with a view to making an appointment sooner rather than later. We are mindful of the busy and important schedule of matches coming up, but it goes without saying that the making the correct appointment for Coleraine FC manager will be upmost in our thoughts."

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