Maurice Ross has left Notts County (image: Notts County)
Maurice Ross has left Notts County (image: Notts County)

Notts County have sacked assistant manager Maurice Ross over making an inappropriate comment to an unnamed player.

Ross has apologised for his actions following his five-week stint at the club.

The former Rangers and Scotland international was shown the door from English side Notts County after making an “ill-judged comment” following a bust up with a player.

The 40-year-old was brought to the club just over a month ago in a bid to boost their promotion hopes.

The Magpies were relegated from the English Football League for the first time at the end of the 2018-19 season and will spend a third season out of it as they drop to 10th place in the Vanarama National League.

The club posted a short statement on their website confirming Ross’s departure:

“Assistant head coach Maurice Ross has this afternoon left the club with immediate effect.

“We will be making no further comment.”

Ross left Meadow Lane following a dispute with an unnamed player during a draw at Altrincham during the weekend.

In a statement, Ross came forward apologising for the comment. He said: “During Saturday’s match at Altrincham, I made an ill-judged comment to a member of our playing staff which has led to my departure from the club.

“I deeply regret the comment, which is not a reflection of the type of person I am, and would like to place on record my apologies to the player in question for the upset I have caused. While it was said in the heat of the moment with no malice intended, it was nevertheless unacceptable and I’m devastated by the impact it’s caused.

“I would also like to apologise to the club’s board of directors, supporters & Ian Burchnall, all of whom I have enjoyed working with immensely. The club have handled today’s events impeccably and everyone at Meadow Lane has my full support for the rest of the season and beyond.

“I will be taking some time to reflect on my actions and learn from this experience before continuing my coaching journey.”

Ross left the club just five weeks into his four-and-a-half-year contract, which he signed in March with the aim of helping the club step back up to England’s top divisions.