I won’t tolerate poor run like end of last campaign
SOUTHPORT manager Liam Watson has warned his new squad that he will not accept the end-of-season form which resulted in Kevin Davies’ sacking.
The Sandgrounders lost eight of their final nine games, forcing the club to part ways with Davies at the culmination of the campaign despite only appointing the former Bolton and England man in October.
“I think it’s that last period of the season which gets you in trouble,” Watson reflected. “Once you’ve gone on a good run, which they did, you’ve got to turn round and think about the phenomenal level of investment into the playing staff and football club.
“There was always going to be that upturn but it was about keeping that upturn going. Those eight losses out of nine at the end of the season is probably what ends up forcing a change.
“That’s nothing to do with me but I’m fully aware that if there are players around who can be part of an eight or nine game losing streak it needs to be massively reinforced.”
Watson has already brought in Andy Parry, Zac Corbett, Ryan Astles and goalkeeper Dan Hanford this summer, with the manager having worked alongside Parry during his second spell at Haig Avenue.
“Above all, you need one or two of your own in the dressing room,” the former Telford United chief said. “That’s something I’ve already tried to do.”
Southport also announced a busy pre-season schedule this week that will see the club turn out seven times in July, facing opposition such as Accrington Stanley - newly promoted to League One - and Bury.
“I’m delighted that we have secured the friendlies for this forthcoming season,” Watson said.
“We have an exciting season ahead and these games will give us a real indication as to the squad. Support from our fans is critical and I hope that you will enjoy the journey with us.”