ARTELL: GIVE ME POINTS, NOT PINTS!
IT’S the business end of the season, the stakes are high, tension is mounting – and managerial outbursts are on the increase.
The midweek programme certainly seemed to ruffle a few feathers and, arguably, no-one was angrier than Crewe boss David Artell after his side were thrashed 4-0 at fellow League Two strugglers Hartlepool.
“Relegation means oblivion for everyone,” he told BBC Radio Stoke. “I’ve told the players they have a choice: either work hard and improve, or it’s oblivion.
“That’s for their careers, this football club and every one of us.
“They’ll end up in the Conference North on £200 a week with a job as a milkman.” Cambridge United boss Shaun Derry was scathing after his side were beaten 3-2 at home
by League Two leaders Doncaster Rovers.
“Against the top teams I bang the drum about taking your chances,” he said. “In one box we weren’t ruthless enough, and in the other we weren’t good enough.
“I see chances that have gone begging and on the defensive side it’s three goals we have conceded that are bargain
basement.” Charlton manager Karl Robinson was another boss seeing red after his side lost 4-3 at Shrewsbury Town in League One, despite Ricky Holmes hitting a hattrick. “Some of these people don’t deserve to wear a Charlton Athletic shirt,” fumed the Addicks boss. “I’d say 40 per cent of the squad don’t care enough. Too many people have dodged bullets for too long, and the manager has always been the one who gets it in the neck. At some stage players have to stand up and be counted.” Yeovil boss Darren Way was fuming at the officials after his side’s 0-0 draw against Mansfield in League Two. Stags keeper Scott Shearer escaped with a booking when he handled the ball outside the box just five minutes into the League Two clash. “It was a clear sending off,” groaned Way. “The ball was heading towards goal.” Carlisle boss Keith Curle was left bemoaning the state of the Whaddon Road pitch after his side were edged out 1-0 at lowly Cheltenham. “They are more equipped to play on a dump than we are. It’s that simple,” he argued.
FEELING BLUE: Crewe boss David Artell