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3 May 2014

Manager on today's relegation

An emotional Darrell Clarke came to speak to the press following Bristol Rovers’ relegation to the Conference this afternoon.

The manager wanted to apologise to the supporters, and accepted responsibility for what happened.

He said: “Words cannot describe how I feel, I am devastated and I apologise to the supporters.

“I take responsibility; I picked the team for the last eight games, and didn’t get the points required. 

“I am not going to look for excuses, it is a 46 game season, and we have not done enough. We had a lot of chances today, but we did not take any of them.

“The supporters are devastated and I can only apologise, my heart goes out to them.”

Darrell has asked the players to have a look at themselves and ask if they have done enough.

He said: “The players have to look at themselves as individuals and ask if they have done enough. 

“Have they lived their lives right, have they given everything in every match they have played this season.

“I think there are some lads in the changing room who have done that, but you get relegated because there are quite a lot of lads in there who haven’t as well.”

And the manager believes it will be next week before the dust settles and things start to sink in.

He said: “It hasn’t sunk it yet that Rovers will be in the Conference next season.

“We will see what the future holds for myself, no doubt we will have talks next week when the dust settles, and the inquest will start then.

“I eat, sleep and dream football, and I have tried my best for this football club since I have been here, but it hasn’t been good enough obviously, as we are in the situation we are in.”

The full interview will be on Gas Player shortly.

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