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Ex-Premier League man Troy Deeney loses manager job after 29 days, called players ‘inmates running the jail’

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Troy Deeney’s first managerial spell ended just as quickly as it began as the former Premier League striker was fired by Forest Green Rovers on Thursday, just 29 days into the job. 

The League Two side fired Deeney the day he received a four-match ban for “improper behavior and language.” He was sent off in the 85th minute of Forest Green’s 2-1 loss to Swindon Town on Dec. 29 and was punished by the FA for inappropriate conduct, including abuse towards a match official.

Deeney’s short spell in charge of the team was a turbulent one. Forest Green picked up just three points during a six-match stretch and sit dead last in League Two with just 18 points after 26 games. He also criticized his squad frequently, saying he would “rather watch ‘Antiques Roadshow'” than his team, described them as “inmates running the jail” and added that there were “too many babies, top to bottom.” He also singled out players for their individual performances.

He offered a semblance of an apology on Tuesday, but it was not a particularly remorseful one. 

“I apologized to the group afterwards because some things should be kept in the changing room,” he said, per the BBC. “I don’t apologize for what I said, I just apologized as it was said in public.”

Deeney coupled his role with the manager with one as a current player and will not be allowed to play for Forest Green while he serves the four-match ban. He has four goals in 18 games this season.

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