I wrote last week that it looked life Terry Brown's time as AFC Wimbledon manager had come to an end after the team's defeat against Torquay United and sadly, the day after, the club confirmed Terry had been sacked.

Terry won three promotions with the Dons in five years and although I'm sure he'll be bitterly disappointed with the way things have come to an end, he can look back at the job he has done with immense pride. Whatever happens to Wimbledon going forward, no-one is going to forget him.

What did it for Terry was the number of goals the Dons have been conceding this season, especially away from home, and whoever replaces him on a full-time basis will need to shore up the defence. Simon Bassey has stepped up as caretaker boss but the search for the new man has already begun.

I've read that Dave Bassett is helping the club draw up a shortlist of candidates and is going to be part of the interview process and it's a smart move by the club. Dave's been out of a job since he left Leeds a few years ago but his managerial track record speaks for itself. He is part of the history of the club and his involvement can only improve Wimbledon's chances of getting the right man.

Another club looking for a new manager is Wycombe Wanderers and in another of football's cruel turns of fate, it was the Chairboys' loss to Wimbledon on Saturday that cost Gary Waddock his job. It was obviously a great start for Simon Bassey as caretaker but also the final nail in Gary's coffin.

I think you already know my views on sacking managers at this stage of the season. Clubs are getting increasingly trigger happy but Gary already had his back against the wall because of last season's relegation and after a poor start this season, the pressure was mounting. He won promotion in 2010/11 but chairmen have short memories and four points from seven games obviously wasn't enough to stop the axe falling.

Gareth Ainsworth has been appointed caretaker and he will definitely get a response from the squad. I had Gareth as a player at Northwich many years ago and he's a big character with a tremendous work ethic. As player, he's always been about commitment and effort and is a good man to steady the ship.

Gareth has filled the caretaker role twice before, stepping up at QPR when Iain Dowie and later Paulo Sousa left the club and he'll need to draw on all of that experience now.

His biggest challenge is distancing himself from the players, the training ground banter and the friendships he has built up within the squad. When he finishes training he's got to head to the office rather than the dressing room and it's important he realises he can no longer be one of the boys.

His relationship with his assistant Richard Dobson will also be critical. Gareth might be 39 but he's still got an important role to play on the pitch this season, which places a big emphasis on his deputies. You get a completely different prspective of a game from the touchline than you do if you're in the thick of the action and Gareth continues playing, he is going to have to rely on others to give him a more tactical overview and tell him when things need changing.

It's a hell of a lot easier to alter the course of a match from the touchline. You've got the bigger picture stood there and if you're on the pitch it's harder to get your message across, especially when it comes to substitutions. It's not impossible but you need people in the dugout on the same wavelength.

The big game of the weekend saw Gillingham win 2-0 at Port Vale to go six points clear at the top of the table. Martin Allen has made a huge impact at the Priestfield Stadium since coming in over the summer and he'll know that the Gills are now the team everyone else in npower League 2 will be shooting at.

The trick now is to try and keep everything the same at the club. Believe me, all managers are superstitious to a lesser or greater extent and when things are going so well, you're desperate to maintain the status quo. When you're playing badly, you're happy to try new things in the hope your luck will change but when the results are good, you almost want time to stand still.

Gillingham's record of seven wins and a draw from eight is a superb statement of intent but greater challenges lie ahead. It's great to have points in the bag but setting the early pace does have dangers and there's so much time for other teams to make their move.

I certainly don't think the Gills are going to buckle any time soon but it'll be a test of their character when one of the other teams applies real pressure on them.