Walsall sack manager Dean Keates after defeat to Oxford United


Walsall sack manager Dean Keates after defeat to Oxford United

Walsall have sacked their manager Dean Keates following their fifth consecutive defeat.

The Saddlers are currently third from bottom of League One, a point from safety with five matches left to play.

Dean Keates has lost his job

The decision came after a 3-1 defeat to ten-man Oxford United on Saturday.

Rob Dickie’s opener was quickly cancelled out by Andy Cook, and it looked like advantage Walsall when Marcus Browne was sent off eight minutes into first half injury-time.

But Luke Garbutt put United ahead in the 63rd minute and Jerome Sinclair made sure of the points five minutes into stoppage time.

There was still time for Oxford’s Ahmed Kashi, who had been substituted, to be shown a second yellow card for running on the pitch to celebrate.