I won’t tol­er­ate poor run like end of last cam­paign

Ormskirk Advertiser - - Martin Mere - BY SAM CAR­ROLL sam.car­roll@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @SamCar­roll0

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.”

South­port man­ager Liam Wat­son James Cave

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