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Wolves Fire Saunders After Demotion; Jackett Quits Millwall

Wolverhampton Wanderers fired manager Dean Saunders after the club was relegated to League One, the third level of English soccer. Kenny Jackett resigned at Millwall.

It was a second straight demotion for Wolves, who dropped out of the Premier League a year ago. The team lost five of its last six games to finish next-to-last in the Championship.

Saunders, 48, took over the role in January. He’s the fourth man to be dismissed from the job in the past 15 months, following Mick McCarthy, Terry Connor and Stale Solbakken.

“The club will now take as long as is necessary to make this crucial appointment and there will be no publicly communicated time scales,” Wolves said on its website.

Saunders, who previously managed Wrexham and Doncaster Rovers, played for clubs including Derby, Liverpool and Aston Villa. Wolves were relegated along with Bristol City and Peterborough.

Jackett, 51, quit London team Millwall after almost six years in charge, one of the longest tenures among current managers in England.

He took the team to this year’s F.A. Cup semifinals but the club finished only two points above the Championship relegation zone after four losses in the last five games.

“After almost six seasons I personally feel the time is right for a new challenge, and also for a new manager to come into Millwall with fresh ideas, to take the club forward towards its long-term goal of reaching the Premier League,” Jackett told the club website.

‘Fantastic Service’

Chairman John Berylson said Jackett had given “fantastic service” to the club.

“On a personal level, whilst respecting Kenny’s decision, I wish I could have persuaded him to change his mind,” he said. “He was my first acquisition as chairman of the club and has proved himself to be one of the best.”

Former Watford player Jackett later managed the club before switching to Swansea in 2004 and Millwall in 2007. Both he and Saunders played for the Welsh national team.

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