Caretaker Manager Peter Shirtliff on the weekends Capital One Cup clash
‘It’s been a surprising week, but whilst it has been a surprise, you sort of expect things like this in football. I can understand Richie’s reasons for going and as it turns out, it’s now a good opportunity for me and one I am looking forward to. I’d like the job full time but at the moment, the chairman has asked me to steady the ship for a period – which I am quite happy to do and hopefully we can get some results from it, but let’s just see what develops.
I have a meeting with the Chairman at some point on Friday and if and when we want that discussion, then we will have it. Nothing has changed; it’s just the same as if Richie was still here. We are getting on with the preparation for the game on Saturday.
There’s no sign of any uncertainty in the dressing room, they are Bury FC players and they play for Bury FC. They were obviously as surprised any anybody when the manager left, but it’s probably happened to one or two of them before and it will happen again. They are professionals and they just get on with their work, to be fair they have been terrific as a group with the preparations for Saturday. We can’t go getting ahead of ourselves, we have to see what develops over the next few games and weeks.
Ben Futcher is working with me and obviously he knows the lads very well and he knows the club very well. He’s been here a long time and he’s got a good judgment on the game. I quite like is methods and his ways. He has views and I am taking note on what he has to say.
We’ve signed Craig Jones from TNS in the middle of all this and he will be a good addition to the squad. This was an on-going process before Richie left and it’s just continued. He certainly looks a good prospect, a good wide player and somebody that we are looking forward to working with.
It’s all about Middlesbrough now, and it’s strange that the first game of the season is the Capital One Cup game on Saturday. It’s a slight distraction from the league with Middlesbrough coming here, they will be very strong, they have a good squad and finished just outside of the play offs. I saw they play at Scunthorpe on Wednesday and they have some good players, some very good players.
We know it will be a very difficult game for us and hopefully the fans will get right behind the lads so that we can have a real good go at it. It’s a result on the day and we want to get in there, we want to put ourselves in with a chance of winning the game. Obviously it’s a tough game, but we want to make it a tough game for them.
We have to build on and work on what we achieved last season. We want to be established in this league and that’s what we have to continue to do.
Ultimately I have the final say and the final responsibility, I’m used to that, I’ve been in this situation before. We’ve discussed how we want to play and what team we want to play, the tactics and we’ve worked on it as a group. The buck stops with the manager and at the moment, that’s me.
I want the team to play good attractive football, we’ve got the players here that can do that. That’s why we’ve brought the players in and assembled the squad that we have. We want to play good football, winning football. One emphasis we are looking at is not conceding as many goals as we did last season, to do that we’ve got to defend as a team and attack as a team. There is work to do and we know what we have to do.’