Boss issues rallying cry to supporters ahead of game with Plymouth Argyle.Manager Paul Cox wants supporters to get behind the team from start to finish when we entertain Plymouth Argyle at One Call Stadium on Saturday.
The Pilgrims make the trip north unbeaten in seven league games and boast the tightest defence in the Football League, having shipped just nine goals so far this term.
It promises to be a tough game and at this morning’s press conference, our boss said: “There were instances on Tuesday night where there was a player who had tears in his eyes after the game [with Concord Rangers] – a young player who has got massive potential and you wonder where it’s all going to end."
“We’ve got some good Under 14s, 15s and 16s coming through, but I’m not going to put them in the first team if they keep getting booed. I’d rather leave them out and save the lads the embarrassment.
“The majority of fans I know are 100% behind us – I know that. I’m accessible and I speak to everybody as I go out the club and anybody who wants to speak to me can do. I’ll never it turn down when somebody has a problem or they want to pat me on the back.”
He continued: “We’ve had three years of success and we want to take the club forward, but realistically, and I’ve said this from pre-season when people were losing their heads and claiming this group of players can reach the promised land, we need the fans behind us from day one.
“I foresaw what was going to happen, not with the injuries, but with a fully-fit squad this season was always going to be a challenge – for the players, because of aspects I’ve previously spoke about.
“This is a supporters’ football club and I think they just need to get behind the players now. There are some young players who are new to League Two that we’ve had to bring in; players that we’re not paying much money to – and they need 100% support from supporters of this football club.”
Our manager will be in the Kevin Bird Suite this evening to take part in a question and answer session with supporters. The event gets underway at 7.30pm. More details can be found here.
To watch Paul Cox’s full interview from today’s press meeting, click here.