Derby suspend manager Gregory

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  • Sunday, 23 Mar 2003

DERBY: Derby County suspended manager John Gregory on Friday following what the English First Division club described as “serious allegations which have had a major adverse effect on the club. 

“In the light of these and in order to expedite a thorough, fair and objective investigation, the club have decided to suspend John Gregory while the investigation is undertaken,” the club said in a statement. 

The Football Association are investigating some of Gregory’s transfer dealings while he was in charge at Aston Villa. 

He took over at Derby in January 2002 following his dismissal from Villa, but was unable to prevent his new club’s relegation from the Premier League. 

Derby, who have been forced to sell many of their leading players because of financial problems, have struggled again this season and are 20th in the 24-team First Division. 

There has been widespread recent media speculation that Gregory would lose his job before the end of the season. 

Reserve team coach Mark Lillis will take over first-team duties. 

Earlier this week, Gregory was given a five-match touchline ban and fined £7,500 for abusing an official. – Reuters 

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