Parkgate make the daunting trip to Kirklington Road on Saturday to face seventh placed Rainworth Miners Welfare in the Toolstation NCEL Premier Division, just under three weeks after the Wrens won a League Cup tie in South Yorkshire . Manager Billy Fox knows that Premier League survival is still in his club’s own hands-but he’s not expecting any beneficial fall-out from the Wrens eventful week, where they announced their decsion to resign from the NCEL and that their Manager Craig Denton would be moving on as well, writes Colin Muncie for the Bootiful Game and the Parkgate FC Website.
Foxy told the Club Website “I think Craig will try and finish as high as he can in the League but the vultures will be out for his players at the start of next season and I will be one of them. I expect them to play the same style -and they may even play better than they did the other week in the Cup.”
Reflecting on Rainworth’s decision to leave the League, Foxy saw many similarities to his own situation at Clipstone a couple of years ago. he told us “Each club has to do what’s best for its financial future and it’s not just about the Managers ego and how much he can spend of the club’s money to make himself look good. The “My Players” tag-they’re actually the clubs players with no financial input from the Manager- makes me laugh”.
“Clipstone went down the same route when I was Manager and similar to Craig, it wasn’t for me. I don’t know players that will play for free- I only know players that are worth a tenner but want £200. Obviously, at some clubs, if you can pay eleven players from two Leagues above, you are going to be around the top of the league, but you still need to be a better Manager than the clubs in a similar situation- or you can be deemed an expensive failure. In our situation it does not matter how much you have -the Committee and Supporters want to see a winning team, irrespective of money”.
The season extension has-at this stage- raised the prospect of Parkgate’s two final games being played on consecutive evenings in early May , and as you’d expect, Foxy is less than impressed “The situation where we have to play our last two games on consecutive days (Worksop home, Bottesford away) seems very odd and has not had any foresight whatsoever” he said.
Whilst Denton commented: