Marvin Bartley leaves Queen of the South after Montrose collapse and League One flop

Queen of the South have parted company with manager Marvin Bartley after a poor season in League One.

The Doonhamers collapsed during their clash with Montrose this afternoon in the final game of the season after holding a 2-0 lead in the first-half before capitulating in the second to lose 3-2 at Links Park. It's a result which sees Queen's finish the campaign eighth in the division and the club confirmed in a statement that they'd agreed to part ways with the 37-year-old former Hibs midfielder.

Bartley spoke to the club's website and explained his decision to mutually agree on his departure as he admitted it allows for the club to "move forward". He said: "We obviously wanted a successful season but it wasn’t meant to be for one reason or another including injuries. A young group will have improved and learned a lot this year and be better for it.

"This will allow the club a full summer to move forward. I would like to thank the coaching staff players, the Board, the fans and everyone at the club especially the volunteers for all their efforts during my time at the club."

Club chairman Billy Hewitson added: "We had all hoped for a successful season competing at the top end of the league but unfortunately this was not meant to be so the decision has been made to part company with Marvin. We thank him and wish him well going forward."

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