Blyth Spartans' old heads need to earn their corn

WITH funds tight at Croft Park, caretaker manager Paddy Atkinson has called on his experienced Blyth Spartans players to provide value for money.

WITH funds tight at Croft Park, caretaker manager Paddy Atkinson has called on his experienced Blyth Spartans players to provide value for money.

While Atkinson argues Wednesday’s 8-1 defeat at Worksop Town was a bit of a freak result, he did demand more of his old heads afterwards.

He said: “The result didn’t reflect the performance.

“We missed a penalty (through Joe Kendrick) after three minutes and that deflated us. If you look at the tweets, it could have been 5-4 at half-time. Every team goes through it – Manchester United and Arsenal had it last season. We just have to bounce back.

“I mentioned in the dressing room afterwards the performance from some people wasn’t good enough.

“You look to your experienced players to be the cream who rise to the top and help the other lads on.

“That’s what I was trying to insinuate.

“When you’re getting decent money and not performing to your best it’s up to the individual to do something about it.

“What they are getting paid and who stays and who goes is a club decision.

“If someone is not giving you value for money the question has to be asked by the bosses.

“It’s difficult when you’re only a temporary manager.

“Tom Wade and I have inherited these players from the Steve Cuggy and Tommy Cassidy era.” Atkinson (pictured left) – who is at pains to stress that, despite their job titles, he and Wade are in joint control – does not sense any negativity on the terraces and he is keen to keep it that way.

He added: “Fans are disappointed but it’s going to take time to change things round.

“It’s a bit of a transitional period.

“Financially we’re not in a position to bring the top players to the club.

“The chairman and the rest of the committee are devoted fans doing the best they can to make sure the club can play in this division, if not higher.

“I would ask the supporters to get behind us.

“That lifts the club.

“If people are negative it just has the opposite effect.”

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