Clitheroe boss urges fans to get behind team

Carl Garner
Carl Garner

BLUES boss Carl Garner is urging supporters to get behind his team as they bid to survive a relegation dogfight.

The club has sunk in to the depths of the First Division North table, seven points from the drop zone, following three defeats on the bounce and an accumulation of two points in seven games.

But Garner can assure followers and officials of Clitheroe Football Club that nobody is feeling the pain more than him. Garner dedicated six years of his life to the Ribble Valley club as chairman. His hard work and commitment to the cause saw the Blues improve on their First Division North placement year on year and now, with two Manager of the Month awards under his belt, Garner is determined to continue that success as manager.

“There’s nobody hurting more then me, I can assure you of that,” he said. “I’ve put seven years of my life in to Clitheroe Football Club and made plenty of sacrifices. I found this club in a far darker place than it’s currently in. I’ve rescued it before and I maintain that belief that we can recover again.”

With seven points separating the Blues from the drop zone there’s no denying that they will have to fight to maintain their status in this division. Garner admits that performances are improving but accepts that results and the league table suggest that they are not good enough at the moment.

He said: “I didn’t feel there was anything between the teams (against Durham City). We should’ve taken something from the match. It’s disappointing, frustrating and hard to take. We’re not getting anything out of games even when we’re playing well.

“We don’t like scoring at the moment either. The shining light has been Duncan Watmore who has had two very good games. Curzon Ashton was probably the best performance of the season; we’re all working hard but the results aren’t coming. We are obviously not good enough at the moment. The table doesn’t lie - we are where we deserve to be.”

The challenge now is to stay afloat and build for the future and Garner has already confirmed verbal agreements with three experienced players for next season. He is also confident of tying up a deal for a striker before the weekend fixture away at Radcliffe Borough.

“If we all stick together and get behind these young lads I’m convinced that relegation won’t be an issue,” stated Garner. “I’ve put in seven days notice on a big target man who we are hopeful will join us before the weekend and there may be a new arrival on the coaching/management front to enhance the setup which we are excited about.

“I’ve also got verbal agreements with three senior top quality non-league players to join our ranks next season. The message is clear, we’ve got to stick together, stay in this division and add some real quality. We will be a different animal next season, that I can assure all Blues supporters.”