Last updated : 10 January 2006 By United Mad

Eddie Thompson, quoted from the Official Site says:

“It is with considerable regret – and I do not use this term lightly - that I have to announce the departure of Gordon Chisholm. It is hugely disappointing that it has come to this but it is clear that performance standards and results are not as expected by our supporters or indeed, myself.

“I do not consider that I have unreasonable expectations for the performance of the Club and we are obviously failing to meet these at present.

“Rightly or wrongly, football managers are judged on results and, as a business, we cannot afford to under perform.

“I would like to thank Gordon for all of his efforts on behalf of the Club. He has behaved with great dignity during the unrelenting speculation that, as ever, surrounds all clubs in a similar position.

“Billy Dodds has agreed to take charge of first team affairs on an interim basis in the meantime.

“We will now start the formal process of determining a permanent managerial arrangement.”

I liked GC, and I’m very sad to see him go. However, the results, and three cup exits, at the first hurdle, speak for themselves.

Gordon leaves with United Mad’s best wishes. He has brought in some very good players to DUFC, and, at times, had us playing some wonderful football.

However, by his own admission, we have had a ‘soft centre’, and our mental toughness is non-existent – we lose a goal, we lose our heads, we lose the game.

It’s the manager’s job to ensure that the team are right both mentally and physically, and this has quite simply not been the case.

Dodds takes temporary charge, and no doubt he also will have half an eye on landing himself the position for keeps.