In fairness to us as fans, we’re pretty upbeat considering we’re about to be relegated in about 16 hours time.
But who can blame us as Jim Melrose finally strolls off into the sunset and steps aside for the 2015 Group to do their thing – and how they’ve gone about it. Quickly and with minimal fuss, Dave Schofield, Sean Connelly, The Gibbons and erm, allegedly a certain ex-manager of ours have made a mockery of Melrose and his useless aides Kevin Tatam and Mick Horton, and a bid has been now accepted by the administrators from the 2015 lot.
Dave Schofield said the following:
We’ll put out a statement tomorrow, but just to confirm the reports are correct, and whilst there is a huge amount of work yet to be done, but we will get it done.
Thanks for all the support.
Oh and get to the match tomorrow!
Superb stuff. You can’t help but get a little happy about it, even if we’ve learnt from experience that a deal with the administrators is not the be all and end all.
Anyway, we play host to Yeovil Town tomorrow knowing that anything less than three points and results going in our favour will confirm relegation to League Two next year. Yes, thanks to the 2015 Group it will be League Two. Not the Unibond.
Gary Ablett: ‘Our attitude to pass it and move them around and get the ball in the box is top class.’
‘That is how I would like us to play all the time. It would be quite easy for us to get it at the back and lump it forward but we try to do the right things.’
‘There were a couple of comments behind me in the Norwich game of ‘smash it in the box’ but that’s not what we do.
Rest assured, if we’re going down, we’re going down fighting, with pride.’
Terry Skiverton: ‘They’re not a bad side. I think they’ve had to cut their budget massively. I spoke to Gary Ablett a few times when he was at Liverpool and then when he first took over and he’s been a really nice guy and it’s been a really difficult situation for him to come into.’
‘I wouldn’t have said I’m in a similar position, but we’re not far off at Yeovil with finances. It’s just about how you get through it and that little bit of luck can help you as well.’
County Team News:
Paul Huntington looks set to keep his place in the side after the narrow Carrow defeat at Norwich last weekend in which the ex-Leeds man was forced off at half-time after picking up an ankle knock.
Danny Pilkington will return to full training next week after his leg break, while Matty Mainwaring may not be risked until the penultimate game of the season after HIS leg-break.
Player to watch: 12th Man
Will be interesting to see the turnout tomorrow for relegation to be confirmed. Also, depending on the sort of statement we get from the 2015 Group, there could be a renewed sense of hope and belief amongst the ranks.
Yeovil Team News:
Striker Sam Williams had been diagnosed with a medial knee ligament injury that was expected to keep him out for around three to four weeks, leading to hope that he might return for the trip to EP.
That has now been firmly ruled out, as a scan revealed more serious damage and it would appear that Williams will be absent indefinitely with manager Terry Skiverton unwilling to put a timeframe on the recovery.
Player to watch: Gavin Williams
The Welshman made 93 appearances for The Glovers between 2002 and 2004, and is now back at Huish Park on loan from Bristol City – having struck his first goal back at the club with a wonderful free-kick in the 4-0 win against Hartlepool, Williams’ loan-spell has now been extended to the end of the season.
County – 6/4
Draw – 23/10
Yeovil – 11/8
5-0 County. I’m, just full of optimism tonight.
Hartlepool v COUNTY
Tuesday 13th April ’10, 7:45pm