King’s Lynn Town boss Setchell laughs off ‘curse’ after winning back-to-back manager of month awards
King's Lynn Town boss Gary Setchell has laughed off the manager of the month 'curse' after winning his second consecutive award.
Setchell's in-form side won all four league games and booked their place in the United Counties League Cup Quarter Final during a rampant January which saw them lose only one game, to a Norwich City XI in the Norfolk Senior Cup.
The fine run banished superstitious supporters' fears that the side's title-charge would come unstuck after Setchell won December's United Counties Premier Division award.
'Hopefully we'll shake off the so-called curse again and I wouldn't be surprised if the Long Buckby manager (Glen Botterill) voted for me to win it,' said the laughing Linnets boss.
'But seriously that sort of stuff is all superstition that I don't really buy into. The curse is not a fact. It's just when the manager of the month loses his next game it suddenly gets highlighted more.
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'I don't think there's really a curse, we dealt with me winning it last time, and I'm sure we will this. Everyone's fit and healthy, there's a great vibe around the place, and there's plenty of competition for places.'
Freezing conditions put paid to Lynn's hopes of extending their 18-game unbeaten league run on Saturday when their home match with Cogenhoe United was postponed.
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As a result, Setchell is expected to be presented with his award ahead of his side's home UCL game against Stewarts & Lloyds Corby on February 18.
The Linnets boss said: 'Winning the manager of the month means results are going well but the award isn't for me.
'I might be the one who picks it up and I'm the one who takes the stick when things go wrong but there isn't an 'I' at King's Lynn Town Football Club. We're all in it together.
'This award is for the squad, the staff and everyone involved with the club. Winning things like this aren't about me – it's about the team trying to achieve promotion. Even though they're nice to receive the only thing I'm interested in is winning football matches and the only statistic I care about is the league table.
'I'd trade the awards for winning the league title. That's the goal, it's what we set out to do. Picking up awards along the way shows we're heading to where we want to be.'
Setchell's troops enjoyed an indoor training session at King Edwards VII School at the weekend as arctic conditions saw all of the UCL matches get postponed.
Table-topping Lynn, who will go three points behind Long Buckby if the Bucks win their four games in hand, travel to Irchester United on Saturday.