Notts County have today clarified the situation regarding the departure of former manager John Sheridan.
Chairman Alan Hardy has revealed that Sheridan was dismissed from his post for gross misconduct following his verbal assaults and threat towards officials during the club's 2-0 home defeat by Wycombe in December, leading to a five-game touchline ban.
Last week a report detailing the foul and abusive comments made by Sheridan to the match officials was made public for the first time.
Following this disclosure of the content of Sheridan's language, Hardy said: "I wish to make it clear that this sort of behaviour by any employee of this club will not be tolerated.
"It was our decision to terminate the contract based on what I read in the referee's report regarding the incident. This is a family-friendly club which aims to be a pillar of the local community.
"Comments of the type made by Mr Sheridan were utterly appalling and wholly unacceptable, completely undermining the community spirit and focus we are striving to develop here.
"In light of the recent disclosure of the referee's report, I thought it appropriate to communicate the exact reasons behind the course of action we took."