Ady Gallagher has the time to turn around Lowestoft Town’s fortunes
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These are turbulent times at Lowestoft Town as the club braces itself to fight for the step two status they worked so hard to achieve.
There was always a danger this would be a season of transition as the stability provided by the management triumvirate of Craig Fleming, Micky Chapman and Ady Gallagher was broken up.
Gallagher had no hesitation in taking up the sole reins in the summer but the period of adjustment has seen the Blues slide down the table after a promising start, which saw them win both their opening games.
One win in 12 games has seen them sucked into a relegation battle, although the green shoots of recovery were sown in Lowestoft's 2-0 win over Hadleigh in the Suffolk Premier Cup.
Sterner opposition await this afternoon in the form of Tamworth but, after Dale Brooks was named as Gallagher's assistant earlier this month, the Blues boss now has a trusted sounding board in his endeavours to turn round the club's fortunes.
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There had been a sense of dread in recent weeks when sizing up the Blues' next opponents but Gallagher insists spirits are high ahead of the visit of the Lambs.
'I'm actually looking forward to the games coming up,' he said. 'I think the lads should be bright and if they really put a shift in then there's no reason why we can't turn this around.
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'We need to start picking up points ugly and that will hopefully help turn things around. But we are only in October and it's not as if we're cut adrift at the bottom. We all know that if you can put a run of good results together in this league then you will climb the table very quickly. That's what we've got to aim for.'
Chairman Gary Keyzor, inset, recently came out insisting the board are '100pc behind Ady Gallagher' and if anyone deserves a chance to get things at the Meadow, it's the Blues boss. Fortune once again hasn't smiled on Gallagher, though, with promising goalkeeper Harry Burgoyne recalled from his loan spell at Lowestoft by Wolves due to a keeper shortage at Molineux.
It means the Blues now have a keeper shortage of their own as, coupled with the departure of Marcus Garnham last week, Lowestoft have only one senior goalkeeper on their books in the form of Jake Jessup.
The backline has been further weakened by the exit of Scott Mitchell due to work commitments meaning Jack Ainsley is likely to be deployed at centre half alongside Sam Nunn. Michael Spillane is suspended for his red card in the defeat at Curzon Ashton. Ryan Jarvis is a doubt with a hamstring problem whilst Robert Eagle is struggling to shrug off an ankle knock.
Blues fans fear a battle against dropping back into the Ryman Premier Division.
Three points this afternoon would go at least some way to alleviating those concerns.