'I can honestly say I'm not sure who's leaving' - Lowestoft Town boss
Shirley D Whitlow
Lowestoft Town boss Dale Brooks admits his biggest challenge is getting a side out for the Blues' remaining 11 games this season.
The Blues’ committee held a meeting with the players on Tuesday night when the financial crisis at the club was laid bare to them.
After not being paid for January, players are looking at their options, with Harry Barker becoming the latest to head for the exit door to join Norwich United. He followed Jake Reed, who left for Bostik League Premier rivals Leiston on Monday.
Brooks admits he is in the dark over exactly which players he will have at his disposal when the Blues go to Enfield Town on Saturday.
Asked if he will have enough players to see out the season, Brooks replied: “It’s a big concern. I can honestly say at the moment that I’m not quite sure who will be leaving.
“I’ve not got my head in the clouds - it’s a massive ask for us to get through the next 11 games.
“If we can get through them and stay up it really will be one of the club’s biggest achievements.
“My challenge is to get to the end of the season and get a team out there every game. The side is likely to differ from game to game.
“If a player wants to leave then he is in a position to do so.”
Brooks, who has held coaching posts at Norwich City, Southend United and Cambridge United, admitted he will be working his contacts book to get out the best XI he can this weekend.
“My challenge is to get an XI out and I’ll have to use all my experience to do that,” said Brooks, who is also effectively working for free at the moment. “I’ll also be speaking to managers of other local clubs to see if they can help.”
Brooks insists there are no hard feelings towards both Reed and Barker and understands why they have left the club.
“I’ve been a player and I’ve been in the game for many years,” he said. “There’s a story to every single player and we all have different financial commitments.
“Every player has got to do what’s best for them. I’ve got enormous respect for every single one of them - players have got mortgages to pay and that kind of thing. I know that both Jake and Harry both left with very heavy hearts and we wish them all the best.”