‘We’re not afraid of relegation’
Boss says United have the strength to stay up
Haylock was hired by the club in October last year when they found themselves in a relegation battle under director of football Tristan Lewis.
He brought defensive stability and results improved accordingly, but a disrupted fixture list over Christmas led to some poor performances against Sutton and Basingstoke.
As a result, United find themselves in a perilous position, just one place and one point above the division’s drop zone after a solitary win in their last six matches.
They played only their second game of 2016 on Saturday due to the recent poor weather but the trend continued as Margate ran out 2-0 winners at York Road.
However, the club has gone through a few changes in the past month and experienced players like Darren Purse have been brought in by Haylock.
Two loanees have also been recruited from Barnet this week – midfielder Charlie Kennedy and striker Nwogu – who went into the squad to face the Gate.
Despite being so close to the bottom three, Haylock is remaining positive of survival this season.
He said: “I am not particularly worried because I personally think we are strong enough and good enough to get ourselves away from this position.
“If I didn’t think we were strong enough then I would be extremely worried, frantically trying to sign players, but what we need to do now is organise a team that can deliver.
“Every game is crucial now. The target is always to win half and draw the rest.
“It’s very tight and d anyone that goes on a run now will have no o issues.”
This is Haylock’s s second spell in charge e of Hayes and Yeading, , having left in 2011 too join Farnborough.
His first spell at the club was largely successful as he oversaw promotion to the nonleague top flight via the play-offs, spending two years in the Conference Premier.
But it was not all plain sailing and the United boss admits that his previous skirmishes with relegation help him to relax in such stressful situations.
He said: “I remember the first year I was here when we looked like we were going down and I was panicking for months prior to that.
“But you soon get used to it. We didn’t get safe until the last week of the season then, so I am very calm about it now.”
n RELEGATION BATTLE: Boss Garry Haylock and (inset) new signing Charlie Kennedy