Mansfield fire boss David Flitcroft following failure to earn promotion
Last Updated: 14/05/19 2:09pm
Mansfield manager David Flitcroft has been sacked following their loss to Newport in the League Two play-off semi-finals.
Flitcroft took charge at Field Mill in March 2018 but has lost his job, having been unable to seal promotion to the third tier.
The club announced the decision on Tuesday, while also confirming academy manager John Dempster has been appointed as his immediate replacement.
Mansfield finished fourth in League Two - failing to earn automatic promotion when they were beaten 1-0 at MK Dons, who leapfrogged them into third, on the final day.
The Stags then lost to Newport on penalties in the play-off semi-final after the tie finished 1-1 on aggregate.
Chairman John Radford said: "It is with a heavy heart that we part company with David and his staff.
"However, the decision has been made with the best interests of Mansfield Town Football Club in mind.
"Despite a season of progress, we were unable to fulfil our primary objective of earning promotion to League One, despite having a number of games to achieve this ambition.
"We thank David and his staff for their tireless endeavours and part ways amicably.
"David and his staff have been highly professional throughout their tenures and we wish them genuine success in the future."
Regarding Dempster's promotion, Radford added: "In John, we have a man who is considered to be one of the brightest and most innovative young coaches in football.
"His success with the youth team over the past few seasons has been remarkable and he now deserves the opportunity to manage the first team.
"John will have our full backing. He is appointed as manager of a club which is widely considered as one of the best operations in football."