Todmorden Borough chairman Kevin Brough is confident that the club can turn their season around despite beeing foirced to accepot the res9ignations of manager Steven Hook and long-serving official John Gilford.
The pair cited a lack of commitment from the players - a scenario which saw only seven turn up for a training session the previous week.
That was the straw that broke the camels back and after enduring similar problems where players cried off late or failed to turn up at all, the pair decided to call it quits.
Brough said he had every sympathy for Hook and Gilford but was determined that the situation was merely a hiccup and the team would continue under the guidance of former second team boss Craig Milne until the end of this season at least.
Borough put out something of a scratch side for last weekend’s 6-0 defeat by Ladybridge which followed on the heels of a 7-0 Lancashire Cup reversal against Manchester League Premier outfit Atherton Town.
“The situation was made worse by a number of players being away at a wedding while others were unavailable for a number of reasons,” added Brough.
The game went ahead last saturday with the core of players supplemented by new signings on the day.
“Hopefully that will redress itself this Saturday but we will hjave to wait and see.”
Gilford expressed his disappointemnd and dismay, saying he felt the pplayers had let Hook and the club dowm.
“There has just been a lack of interest,” said Gilford. “Some players just don’t put enough effort in and that is something I can’t understand.
“They say they want to play football but then don’t bother to turn up. I am totally dismayed.
“We produce a pitch of quality to play on - one of the best at this level - but the club needs commitment from the players and that juyst isn’t there.
“Don’t get me wrong, there are some good lads there and it is a sound club. However, you cannot play football if you can’t put a team out.”
Gilford has a long association with Borough and he was reluctant to cut all ties.
“I’m pushing 60 now and quite honestly I could do without the hassle,” he said. “I didn’t want to resign but I am not prepared to go back at this time.
“I stayed away last Saturay because I knew if I went I would get involved.
“It has been fairly soul-destroying. Hopefully the club will go forward and if the players startb to show the commitment neccessary then I would not hesitate in going back.”
Brough has long admired the work Gilford has put into the club and admitted that he would welcome him back with open arms.
“John has been an integral part of this club in going forwqard and i would be extremely disappointed if he isn’t involved again,” said Brough.
“I believe it is a temporary setback but it is disapppopinting so early in the season.
“Results haven;t helped in tnhbat respect and i know there are issues regarding the distances we have to travel for away games.
“I believe that is something t5he league are looking into so we will wait and see.
“We faced a diffiocult task last weekejd and we face another at Leyland on saturday.
“If we can get some of these players back and playing regulalrly then I believe we have enough quality to do well.
“Only time will tell.”