Russell Slade refuses to quit after Grimsby lose again

Posted Sunday, February 11, 2018 by PA

Russell Slade refuses to quit after Grimsby lose again

Under-pressure Grimsby boss Russell Slade came out fighting after his side’s winless run was extended to 12 games following a 3-0 defeat at Crawley.

The Mariners have not won since December 9, taking only four points and scoring just four goals since then, and there were calls for Slade to be sacked during last Saturday’s home draw against Cheltenham.

Since then, majority shareholder John Fenty and the rest of the board have released a statement backing Slade and the 57-year-old says he is not considering his position.

Asked after the Crawley game whether he would consider resigning, Slade said: “I’m not a quitter, I’m a fighter.

“We are doing our best and hopefully it’ll turn around.

“You have to work even harder if things get tougher, and the group is confident they can turn it around.”

A Jimmy Smith penalty gave Crawley the lead on the stroke of half-time, and second-half goals from Karlan Ahearne-Grant and Enzio Boldewijn completed another miserable day for Slade’s men.

Slade added: “I’m disappointed with the result and it’s not a fair reflection if I’m honest.

“It’s about being ruthless. We are not coming up with the final shot to work the keeper.”

Crawley head coach Harry Kewell believes his players deserve to be only four points off a play-off spot after clinching a seventh win in eight games.

The Reds have transformed their season with 10 wins in their last 14 matches, having started with four from 18.

The Australian said: “It takes time to change attitudes and it means nothing with 14 games to go.

“It can take time and the players deserve to be four points from the play-offs.

“They work extremely hard during the week, and now you can see the results. I don’t want my players to worry about losing.”

Kewell was delighted with the clean sheet and felt the quality of the goals were excellent.

He added: “Enzio’s movement for the penalty was brilliant, Karlan showed no fear when he cut inside for the second and the passing and movement for the third goal was tremendous.

“If you keep a clean sheet you have a chance to win. The pitch wasn’t the greatest, but the quality came through and I’m very pleased with the result.”


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