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Stockport's Leo Roget
"Personally I'm not happy to see him go, he brought me to the club"
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Monday, 29 October, 2001, 19:35 GMT
Kilner leaves Stockport
Andy Kilner led Stockport to just win in 15  league matches this season
Kilner had received public backing from his chairman
Stockport have confirmed manager Andy Kilner has left the club by mutual consent.

Kilner becomes the 19th manager to leave his club this season.

Stockport have won only one of their opening 15 league games and are rooted to the bottom of the table, four points adrift of Walsall.

After Saturday's 4-0 defeat by Millwall at Edgeley Park, chairman Brendan Elwood publicly backed the under-pressure manager.

He said: "Chairmen are too quick to make changes these days and I won't be sacking Andy.

  Kilner fact file
1966: Born in Bolton
1984: Signs professional forms with Burnley
1985/6: Joins Halmstad in Sweden
1991: Wins promotion to Division Three with Stockport
1994: Forced to retire by injury
1999: Becomes manager at Edgeley Park
2000: Stockport finish 17th in Division One
2001: County escape relegation by three points
2001: Leaves Edgeley Park on 29 October
"But the buck stops with me and I am not panicking, even though we are bottom of the league."

However, two days later the club confirmed they had parted company with Kilner, who collected 29 victories in 125 matches after taking over from Gary Megson in June 1999.

A club statement read: "Following discussions between chairman Brendan Elwood and the manager at the weekend, the contracts of Andy Kilner and assistant Des Bulpin have been terminated by mutual consent.

"The chairman and board of directors would like to place on record their gratitude for the hard work done by Andy and Des during their time at Edgeley Park.

"Reserve team manager Craig Madden will be in charge for the home game against Walsall and we hope the supporters will turn out in force to give their backing to the team.

"The club expect to make an announcement on the vacant managerial position later this week."

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