Manager on the transfer market and Saturday's game
John Ward has been working hard to bring some new faces in to the Memorial Stadium this week.
The manager is keen to strengthen his side as he believes that games are running out, but he admits it is tough to convince players to come to a team in Rovers’ position.
He said: “This week we have drawn a blank. I have had something like 77 phone calls in and out over the last couple of days trying to improve the squad and I have not been able to do it.
“I am always hopeful that my next call is the one that says yes you can do it, I just had one back this morning about someone I made an offer for, but they said no they cannot do it.
“That is the game, and it is tough getting players to come into a team in our predicament. I want people to know I am trying very hard to do that, but at the moment we are not able to produce a new face for you.
“I am getting down to X Y and Z at the moment with some of my plans, but that is par for the course.
“At this time of year there are players who think they can do better, and it is sifting out the needs for us, what is going to be right for our football club.
“I have been very pleased with our acquisitions we have got so far, they have bought into the cause, trying to get us out of the bottom two, and that has got to be the case with the other players I try and get.
“Things may get easier before the end of January, but then I need to decide if people are coming because they have nowhere else to go. I am trying hard now because time is at a premium.
“I am checking very carefully on player’s characters and what they can bring to the football club. If I could get one today I will bring them in. I am running out of games and football matches to try and get points from.”
Although the manager is very keen to bring in new faces, he has been pleased with the attitude of the players currently in his side.
He said: “I am happy with the attitude of the group I have got.
“There is not enough of us, we have been struggling to fill the bench, but the attitude in training and the approach I have had from the players has been very positive.
“If that is the case on Saturday we will go with them and I know they will give their all.
The manager confirmed that David Clarkson will not be fit in time for Saturday’s game, but Joe Anyinsah is currently 50-50.
He said: “David Clarkson is not going to make it for Saturday. We pushed him a little bit yesterday to try and get him in to training today and on the coach on Friday, but he is still pretty sore.
“Joe Anyinsah is 50-50 at the moment. Again we pushed him on Wednesday and he felt his hamstring a little bit, and it is a cautious situation.
“The last thing he, and I, and the team need is a six week absence from Jo, so we have to make sure we are right, and if there is any doubt we won’t risk it.”
And the manager knows it will be another tough test for this team as they travel up to Fleetwood this weekend.
John said: “Everyone seems to be in the top six of seven that we are playing at the moment.
“We played the league leaders last week, and although they were too strong for us we gave them a decent game.
“This team are looking for at least play offs and they have a wealth of strikers – something I could do with a bit of! They have got some strength in depth and they will be a tough game for us.”
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