FORMER Rangers and Wolves defender Maurice Ross has been SACKED by Notts County for an ‘ill-judged comment’ aimed at one of his own players.
The assistant-manager was axed during Saturday’s draw with Altrincham, after just five weeks at the club.
It’s understood the exchange has led to him being sacked for gross misconduct.
Ross said in a statement tonight: “During Saturday’s match at Altrincham, I made an ill-judged comment to a member of our playing staff which has led to my departure from the club.
“I deeply regret the comment, which is not a reflection of the type of person I am.
“And would like to place on record my apologies to the player in question for the upset I have caused.
“While it was said in the heat of the moment with no malice intended, it was nevertheless unacceptable and I’m devastated by the impact it’s caused.
“I would also like to apologise to the club’s board of directors, supporters and Ian Burchnall, all of whom I have enjoyed working with immensely.
“The club have handled today’s events impeccably and everyone at Meadow Lane has my full support for the rest of the season and beyond.
“I will be taking some time to reflect on my actions and learn from this experience before continuing my coaching journey.”
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County had said earlier: “Assistant head coach Maurice Ross has this afternoon left the club with immediate effect.
“We will be making no further comment.”
Former Motherwell coach Ross signed a 4 1/2 year deal at the National League outfit in March, working alongside boss Burchnall, who had previously tried to sign Ross as a player for Norwegians Viking Stavanger.
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