Dietmar Hamann has left his job as manager of Stockport County after just four months in charge. The former German international has officially cited a failed takeover bid as the main reason behind his departure, although with the club languishing in seventeenth position in the Conference Premier, one could be forgiven for thinking the reasons given are just a smokescreen.
Hamann took over at Edgeley Park in July, with a return to the Football League earmarked as his priority for the season. However, his side managed jut three league wins from their opening nineteen games this season, and as a result find themselves just two points above the relegation zone. In his statement, Hamann said that he had been “made promises that were not fulfilled,” and that because of this his position had become untenable.
An early favourite to replace Hamann is ex-County boss Jim Gannon, who was in charge of the club from December 2005 until he was made redundant in May 2009 by the club’s administrators. Since then, he has had spells in charge of Motherwell, Peterborough United and Port Vale, although he never lasted more than a few months in any of these posts.