Forest Green and Mark Cooper parted ways this week.  One of the EFL’s longest serving managers has lost his job after the team’s poor run of form.

Chairman Dale Vince said: “This decision we’ve made today is about giving ourselves the best chance of securing promotion with six games left.  Despite our collective efforts we’ve been unable to halt our slide in form, which has the potential to take us out of contention this season.  I’ve enjoyed working with Mark these last five years, he’s made a big contribution to the club and will always be a friend.  In football sometimes you just need to make a change – and with Mark’s contract ending next month, and us needing a change in the next six games – this feels like the right decision.”

Mark will always be appreciated by Rovers fans for masterminding FGR’s escape from the National League into the EFL and for building a side capable of challenging in League 2.  We wish Mark all the best for the future.

Under 18’s coach Jimmy Ball will be in interim charge of the team until the end of the season.

Jimmy Ball takes charge.