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WARD - WE WANT TO FINISH ON A HIGH

25 April 2013

Manager on the final game of the season

John Ward believes his team owe it to other sides in the division and the travelling Rovers supporters to go out with a good performance on Saturday.

Rovers head to Torquay for the final game of the season this weekend, knowing that the home side need at least a point to guarantee safety.

John said: “There are five or six that could still be relegated and Torquay are one of them. We have been through all that and fortunately for us we got ours sorted out early.

“We expect a tough game, with a big following from the home crowd, but also a big following from us, it is a proper game and we have to be right.

“Hopefully my players can free up and play and enjoy it, but we have to give a good account of ourselves.”

The manager believes that one or two of his younger players have run out of a little bit of steam as the season draws to a close.

John said: “Judging from the performance last Saturday against Accrington, perhaps one or two of the younger boys have found the last little bit hard going

“I am in a mixed position; do you whip them and keep them going or do you sympathise and understand?

“We have got to do as best as we can at Torquay – there are a lot of other football clubs relying on us.

“We did the best could against Accrington but I think it was a stage two far for one or two of the younger guys.

“Hopefully we can pick up the energy this weekend and give a good account of ourselves; one because we have to it is our job, and the other things is we have sold 1,500 away tickets and they do not want to waste the money on a journey.

“I will be rallying the troops for one last big effort and hope we can finish on a high.”

John will be looking for an experienced assistant manager, after letting Shaun North go earlier this week.

He said: “Shaun was extremely supportive, but we feel we need to move in a slightly different direction

“ I have got nothing but praise for him and will give him a good reference. We are looking for someone with some managerial experience, not a young one, someone who knows what this league is about.

“I haven’t approached anyone or spoken to anyone about it yet. I have had a number of enquiries, but it is a pretty open book at this stage.”

Lee Brown could miss out this weekend after coming down with a stomach bug, but the manager should have three players back for pre season training in a few months.

John said: “Lee Brown is dropping out of training this morning, he has been unwell with a sickness bug. We will have a look at him later, but he was particularly unwell yesterday.

“Matt Gill is about six week ahead of schedule, so he is working hard to try and be there for the start of pre season.

“Matt Harrold is knocking my door and has been for the last three weeks, so he will be ready for pre season, and David Clarkson will also be ready.”

And although the manager would like to get all contract business sorted as soon as possible, he knows that something you have to be patient.

John said: “Sometimes it is not down to me, we have made offers to some of the players here who are out of contract, and we have checked on one or two who are out of contract at other clubs. 

“Players want to know your offers yesterday, and they will tell you in six weeks. If we can get things tidied up with the offers we have made here that will be great.

“We will be announcing the retained list and talking to the guys at the start of next week.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player.

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