Football: McDonough under fire
Friday 08 November 1996
Since being dismissed by Colchester in 1994 McDonough concentrated on playing rather than managing for a couple of seasons, turning out for Bishop's Stortford, Dagenham & Redbridge, Heybridge, Braintree and Canvey Island. At the end of last season, though, he returned to management when he took over at Chelmsford.
McDonough has rebuilt the team but results have been poor: Chelmsford are one off the bottom of the Dr Martens League Premier Division and suffered a humiliating home defeat to Wisbech of the Jewson Eastern League in the FA Cup. It was reported last week that McDonough had left the club, but it has since emerged that he has been "rested" for two weeks. Gary Bellamy, a former Wolves defender who is also the club's commercial manager, has taken temporary charge of team affairs, and dropped most of McDonough's signings for last weekend's 2-0 defeat at Merthyr Tydfil.
McDonough is due to meet the club chairman, Trevor Parker, on Monday to discuss his future. "I won't quit - they'll have to back me or sack me," McDonough said this week.
It is believed that Chelmsford may turn to the management team at another Jewson League team, Harwich & Parkeston: Colin Hill, a wealthy businessman, and Danny O'Leary. However, all is far from settled in the boardroom at New Writtle Street: Wright, has offered his resignation, which has been rejected by the other directors. The future remains uncertain - especially for the charismatic but controversial McDonough.
Latest in Sport
Didier Drogba went absolutely mental in the Chelsea dressing room after Blues were given the Premier League trophy
Jack Wilshere's final-day strike wins Match of the Day's Goal of the Season award after Arsenal fans hijack vote
Liverpool's 2005 Champions League-winning side: From Jerzy Dudek to Vladimir Smicer - where are they now?
Jurgen Klopp favourite to replace Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool if he's sacked
Premier League 2015/16 kits: Confirmed and rumoured strips from Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and others
- 1 A politically correct lefty goes to see Top Gear live – you'll probably believe what happened next
- 2 Woman accidentally shoots herself in the head while posing for a selfie
- 3 Isis burns woman alive for refusing to engage in 'extreme' sex act, UN says
- 5 David Starkey 'tells Amal Clooney to shut up and stop over-promoting human rights'
As a white man, I'm surprised more women aren't tweeting the hashtag #KillAllWhiteMen
Scotland may have to leave the EU even if it votes to stay in, David Cameron confirms
The day that Britain resigned as a global power
Almost a third of school pupils believe 'Muslims are taking over our country', study claims
SNP fury as HS2 finds 'no business case' for taking fast train service to Scotland
Gay marriage 'Bert and Ernie' cake bakery found guilty of discrimination in Northern Ireland
£40-50K: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Software / C# Developer w...
£35 - 40k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Software Developer (JavaS...
£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: As a Trainee Recruitment Consu...