Non-league club appoint convicted rapist as manager then sack him two days later


Northern Premier League outfit Warrington Rylands have cut ties with their new manager after barely 48 hours.

The seventh-tier club recently announced Sam Wilson as their new boss. However, the Blues have since deleted any posts acknowledging his appointment and confirmed Wilson’s contract was terminated “by mutual consent” on Tuesday evening.

Wilson reacted to his move online and said he was “grateful for the opportunity.” His post remained online as of Wednesday morning and clearly shows Rylands deleted their original post welcoming him to the club.

“Thank you all so much for your good wishes,” he wrote on X (formerly Twitter) on Sunday. “I am completely overwhelmed by all the messages I have received. Your kindness and support means a lot. Enormously grateful for this opportunity, I will give it my best.”

Wilson was jailed in 2015 for five years after he was found guilty of raping a woman who had returned to a Manchester city centre apartment with one of his friends in May 2013. The Manchester Evening News reported how the woman fled the property before calling the police, which led to Wilson’s conviction more than two years later.

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