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Ex-Stockport manager refused to do Sky Sports interviews because they never fixed his Sky box

Ryan Smart

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Ex-Stockport manager refused to do Sky Sports interviews because they never fixed his Sky box

Former Stockport manager Jim Gannon refused to do interviews with Sky Sports - because they never fixed his Sky box.

Gannon had three spells in charge of County between 2005 and 2023, and it was during his first stint in charge that he turned down several interviews with Sky, who held and still hold the rights to Football League matches.

The London-born boss guided Stockport to promotion to League One via the play-offs in the 2007/08 season, defeating Rochdale in the final at Wembley.

Speaking on the 'I Had Trials Once' podcast, former County forward Liam Dickinson - who played under Gannon during that season - revealed how the hilarious standoff between Gannon and Sky even cost the club TV money.

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He explained: "The season we got promoted, we could've been on Sky a couple of times.

"But he [Gannon] refused to do an interview for Sky because his Skybox broke and nobody came round to fix it.

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"He refused to do interviews with Sky because they wouldn't fix his box, nobody would come out to fix it. It probably lost the club a good few grand!

"The first interview he did was the play-off semi-final. He kind of had to because we were on Sky and it was in the contract. Think they gave him a new box as well!"

Gannon was left looking for another job in the summer of 2009 as, despite keeping County in League One, the club were deducted 10 points for entering administration and parted company with their manager.

He was back at Edgeley Park in 2011, replacing none other than Liverpool icon Dietmar Hamann, before resigning in January 2013.

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A third spell was much more successful, with Gannon guiding County to the National League North title in 2018. The club parted company again with him in 2021, however, despite them sitting in the play-off places of the National League, citing 'cultural reasons'.

Gannon has been out of football for a year since his departure from NPL Premier Division side Hyde United.

County are now in League Two, where they sit on top of the division under current boss Dave Challinor. We're not sure if Sky have come out to fix his TV box or not.

Featured Image Credit: TNT Sports

Topics: Football, League Two

Ryan Smart
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