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DARRELL CLARKE - THE AIM IS PROMOTION IN THE FIRST YEAR

7 May 2014

Manager on planning for next season.

Darrell Clarke believes he is the man to lead Bristol Rovers back in to the Football League.

Although the manager is still hurting following Rovers’ relegation at the weekend, he believes the club should be aiming to bounce back at the first attempt. 

He said: “We want to be getting promotion in the first year, it’s as simple as that.

“It is not going to be easy, I know what that league is all about and it is going to be difficult, but that is our aim.

“I have sat down with the Board, I have let them know where I want to go with it. I believe I am the right man for the job. I know what this league is about.

“I will be judged on results when I have got my own squad together, and I believe the fans will give me a fair crack of the whip.

“I am distraught for everyone at the football club, and all the supporters.

“I am very angry inside and very frustrated, but I also have a determination to want to put it right next season and build a squad that I want, that will represent the shirt in a positive manner.

“We are going in to a league that is a very difficult league, but I am determined for the new challenge and I will be ready for the 30th of June when we come back for pre season.”

The manager admits some difficult decisions had to be made yesterday when informing players who would be leaving the club.

He said: “I had individual meetings with the players yesterday, on my own, and it is part of the job I never like doing, as it is never nice.

“Whatever you may think of a player it is still not nice to tell them you are releasing them.

“Difficult decisions were made on certain players, for example Seanan Clucas who I think is a very good ball stopping central midfielder, but we have Ollie Clarke and Tom Lockyer.

“It is up to me to build a squad with the right balance and the right players, and sometimes decisions are tough.

“We don’t want to lose our best players. Michael Smith is under contract, and he deserves his offer of an extended contract.

“You have to try and keep your best players to give yourself a real fighting chance.

“I only want players here that want to wear the shirt, and want to represent the club in the right light.”

For the full interview visit Gas Player.


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