ALTRINCHAM manager Jim Harvey has had his contract terminated with immediate effect, just three months after taking over at the club.

Harvey, who has previously managed Morecambe, Forest Green Rovers, Stalybridge Celtic and FC Halifax, was told the decision by Club Chairman Grahame Rowley in a board meeting earlier today.

Assistant – manager Matt Doughty, a firm favourite with the fans from his time spent playing in defence, will take the reins for tonight’s FA Trophy tie against Blyth Spartans at The J.Davidson Stadium.

Altrincham, who currently sit at the bottom of the National League North table, have said they won’t rush into finding a long – term replacement.

Speaking about Harvey’s departure, Rowley said: ‘In common with most people, we felt we had the right person with the right pedigree to take us forward when we appointed Jim as manager at the beginning of September.

“From coaching at international level with Northern Ireland, as number two to Sammy McIlroy, to managing in non-League, he had a reputation for getting the best out of teams and players.

“I accept he took on a very difficult task, but the plain fact is, three months down the line, there is no sign of progress, no sign we are at least heading in the right direction.

“Jim was very disappointed when I told him the news but, when action is needed, it has to be taken. We have been waiting for things to improve, and desperately hoping they might, but there is nothing to suggest our fortunes are about to take a turn for the better.”

Doughty’s first game in charge sees Altrincham in with a chance of progressing to the first – round proper of the FA Trophy against a strong Blyth Spartans outfit.

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