Oxford have sacked manager Darren Patterson after a poor start to the season. Patterson won just 24 of 59 games in charge missing the play-offs by ten points last season, and are 11 points short of them this term. Veteran Jim Smith, the man he replaced, is back in charge on a temporary basis. Morecambe have backed down over admission fees for their abandoned FA Cup match with Cheltenham. They had originally announced no discounts or refunds on the replayed match but have now halved prices after Chesterfield announced they would charge only £1 admission for their game.
Bournemouth chairman Paul Baker has denied speculation linking him with a takeover of Chester. In a Q&A with their Supporters Trust he admitted the club were losing significant sums and that they hoped a cup run would help to cover mounting losses. Cammell Laird, a Unibond Premier side have announced that they will revert to amateur status with immediate effect due to the credit crunch.
Gillingham have reported a loss of £1.6million last season after restructuring the debts of the club. A third party now holds the stadium and a large amount of the club's debt, with the club recording a £400,000 operating profit on £4.9million turnover. Wages were £2.3million for a total of 96 employees, excluding matchday staff, and the club paid £440,000 in bank interest on their debts.