plymouth_raiders_568Plymouth Raiders have sacked head coach Gavin Love, just three weeks before the new season begins.

In a short statement from the BBL outfit, it was confirmed the decision to axe the 35-year-old after three years in charge was taken by the board in a difference over the way forward for its long-term development, with team chiefs eager for more emphasis on bringing through more players through their academy system.

“The Board has carried out a pre season review of all roles, and as a result, have passed a vote of no confidence in Gavin Love taking the club forward. We therefore had no alternative but to terminate his contract,” it said.

Love had one year left on his existing contract in Devon. Although it is understood his future was reviewed at the end of last season, he was retained initially and had already signed the bulk of the Raiders’ roster for the forthcoming campaign.

However in a further statement on the club’s website, he was accused of having a lack of ambition.

“Plymouth University Raiders are well known and respected as the bench mark for junior development and match night presentation. We also believe it is time that we were considered the bench mark for performance, and rewarding our loyal and fantastic supporters, and many many volunteers with some truly entertaining basketball and winning performances.

“Newcastle held that mantle for nearly a decade. Last year it was Leicester. Why not Plymouth this year?”

A further statement will be released by the club on Monday but it is expected that youth coach Jay Marriott will take over, with the Raiders due to play their opening pre-season game next weekend.

Love was not immediately available for comment.

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