Walsall have sacked their head coach Sean O’Driscoll.

O’Driscoll had only been appointed as the new manager back in December following previous boss Dean Smith leaving to become the new manager of Brentford.

However while there were some decent performances, recent weeks have seen the Saddlers stutter in form and drop to 4th in the table with there being a danger that the club could end up dropping out of the race for automatic promotion.

With that worry being real in the mind of the board, they decided to make a change in management and decided that it would be for the best if O’Driscoll left the club after just three and a half months in charge.

O’Driscoll’s management reputation has taken a knock after this spell with Walsall. He had become renowned lower league manager thanks to spells with Doncaster Rovers and Nottingham Forest, but most recently had been the assistant manager to Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool.

Following his sacking, O’Driscoll told the club website: “I am extremely disappointed for the players, their performances over the past month have not gained the points they deserved.”

“This is a different phase of the season, and as we have repeatedly seen, teams have recognised the team’s strengths from the first half of the campaign and prepared to counter that when facing us.”

“But the players deserve enormous credit for adapting, finding different ways to play and maintaining their performance levels even, at times, in the face of frustration and disappointment.”

“They are a close group whose success so far has been built on the trust, understanding and respect among them. I wish them the best for the rest of the season.”