The battle is only just beginning for Lowestoft Town after ensuring survival
Shirley D Whitlow
The battle on the pitch has been won at Lowestoft Town...now it’s time to bear arms for the battle off it.
The Trawlerboys’ 1-0 win at Metropolitan Police last weekend, courtesy of Armani Schaar’s early goal, ensured the club’s survival in the Bostik Premier Division.
However, the club’s financial problems haven’t gone away due to one result and the club now needs to plot a sustainable way forward.
Manager Dale Brooks is quietly confident the club won’t decide to drop down the non league pyramid and rebuild from there but admits a financial model needs to be put in place that doesn’t put the club’s future at risk.
“Within the next week or two there will be an indication of the direction that we’re heading in,” said Brooks. “We need to find a level that works for the club and it’s got to be a collective effort. I’m sure there’s going to be a football club, without a doubt, and I think it will be in the Bostik Premier or whatever it’s going to be called next season.
“I want us to be as competitive as we can be but the club needs to cut its cloth accordingly. If we go forward together then I think we need to make it clear to our supporters what our realistic ambitions are.
“In truth I think next season will be similar to this one - it needs to be one of stabilisation and trying to stay at the level that we are at.
“We can then hopefully build from there and if everyone knows that then fans have a decision to make whether they want to support that. Hopefully, they will.”
Brooks admits navigating the Blues’ survival has been one of his greatest achievements in management against a backdrop where the club is struggling to pay its players.
“I’m so pleased for the players and the staff – no-one has stepped back from their responsibilities,” added Brooks, whose side will be without Robert Eagle for their home clash against Tonbridge Angels this afternoon as the midfielder was recalled by Leiston. “I knew we could do it if we could keep the bulk of the squad together.
“Terry Lynes (club secretary) has been with the club for years so when he says it’s one of the club’s best achievements then that’s good enough for me.”