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Cowes Sports have sacked boss Vic Sanders following the side’s poor run of form.

*Updated 

The 50-year-old took over the reins back in September after former Aston Villa player Steve Hunt stepped down from the role.

But a series of poor results – culminating in a 3-1 league defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday (12) – have left Cowes one place from bottom in 19th.

As a result, Sanders has been relieved of his duties with immediate effect.

Forward John Mckie has been placed in interim charge of the Sydenhams Wessex Premier Division side until the end of the season.

A statement from Cowes Sports read:

“Cowes Sports FC wishes to announce that Vic Sanders and his assistant Steve Mumford have been relieved of their duties with immediate effect.

“John Mckie will take charge until the end of the season with Ian Potts as assistant manager.

“We thank Vic and Steve for their hard work since taking over in difficult circumstances and wish them well for the future.”

McKie’s first game in charge will be an away trip to Alresford Town on Saturday (19).

Kick off is at 3pm.

*Updated 12.44pm 

* Cowes Sports have confirmed that Steve Mumford will stay on with the club after all. 

“WE HAVE BEEN ASKED TO CLARIFY THE SITUATION REGARDING STEVE MUMFORD, WHO HAS STATED THAT HE WISHES TO STAY WITH THE CLUB AND ASSIST IN ANY WAY THAT HE CAN. APOLOGIES FOR ANY CONFUSION, IT WAS NOT INTENDED TO SUGGEST OTHERWISE.”