The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Sam El­liott

IN AN age of me­dia-trained foot­ballers and so­cial net­work-wary clubs, bru­tal hon­esty from Pre­mier League play­ers is pretty much a thing of the past.

So thank good­ness that Foot­ball League play­ers – and man­agers – aren’t afraid to tell it how it is – even if it does risk up­set­ting peo­ple.

Af­ter Carlisle manager Keith Curle gave his play­ers a rol­lick­ing last Mon­day, Bris­tol City de­fender Aden Flint let his tongue tell the truth on Tues­day night as well.

Say­ing be­fore their game that he hoped for­mer club Swin­don could win pro­mo­tion along­side the Robins from League One, he had a sud­den change of heart.


Af­ter a tetchy en­counter in front of the Sky cam­eras, his old em­ploy­ers clearly got un­der his skin.

The League One player of the month for March was asked by the pitch­side re­porter if he still wanted his for­mer team-mates to join City in the Cham­pi­onship – with a shake of the head he sim­ply replied: “No…… no!”

Steve Cot­ter­ill’s City won the game 3-0 – it’s a good job the clubs prob­a­bly won’t be meet­ing in the play-offs next month!

An­other de­fender who pulled no punches this week, but this time to­wards his OWN fans, is Birm­ing­ham City skip­per Paul


The 36-year-old bore the brunt of fans’ frus­tra­tion as the Blues sur­ren­dered a two-goal lead at Bournemouth to lose 4-2, with Robin­son sent off on 77 min­utes.

His con­tract is set to ex­pire in the sum­mer, but the for­mer Bolton de­fender has hinted he is set to re­main at St An­drew’s – whether the Birm­ing­ham fans like it or not.

“I don’t be­lieve I am at the end of my play­ing days,” said Robin­son, capped three times at Eng­land Un­der-21 level.


“I am go­ing to be at this club for an­other year, so they bet­ter deal with it. I will lead this club in whichever way the gaffer wants me to lead it, off the pitch or on the pitch.

“Th­ese peo­ple don’t re­alise what I do be­hind the scenes and if they are not in­ter­ested in what goes on at the club, then they are ob­vi­ously not fans any­way.

“I be­lieve in this club, I came to this club for a rea­son and that was to take it for­ward. If peo­ple don’t see that, they are not fans then, are they?

“Neg­a­tive peo­ple have neg­a­tive lives. I am a pos­i­tive per­son, I ac­cept my re­spon­si­bil­i­ties as cap­tain. They are wel­come to their opin­ions. It doesn’t bother me. I have got broad shoul­ders.”

Mean­while, Hartle­pool manager Ron­nie Moore has also got in on the act, ex­press­ing his dis­ap­point­ment at be­ing over­looked for the Manager of the Month award for March.

Pools were nine points adrift at the bot­tom of League Two be­fore Moore guided them to four straight vic­to­ries over More­cambe, Ox­ford, Mans­field and Cam­bridge. But he was over­looked in favour of Wy­combe’s Gareth Ainsworth.

“Peo­ple say you don’t want to win be­cause of this and that, but that is non­sense,” said the 62year-old.

“I want to win it and there is noth­ing bet­ter – not just for me but for the staff and the play­ers.

“I said if we were go­ing to be safe, then at some point I’d have to get manager of the month some­where down the line.

“Any recog­ni­tion as a manager is nice and if any­body says they don’t want it, then they are ly­ing.”

PIC­TURE: Ac­tion Images

BLUNT: Bris­tol City’s Aden Flint and Birm­ing­ham’s Paul Robin­son

SNUBBED: Ron­nie Moore

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