Gosport Borough in a ‘mess’ but boss won’t throw towel in

Gosport Borough boss Alex Pike, left    Picture: Paul Jacobs
Gosport Borough boss Alex Pike, left Picture: Paul Jacobs
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Alex Pike will not throw the towel in at Gosport Borough.

And the Privett Park boss has backed chairman Mark Hook to get the club out of the ‘mess’ they find themselves in.

The same applies now – the chairman has got us into this mess and I trust he will get us out of this mess

Gosport Borough boss Alex Pike

Borough host Oxford City on Saturday (3pm) looking to consolidate a National League South play-off position.

But while things may appear rosy on the field of play, off it, fourth-placed Gosport have been unable to pay a tax bill or their players over the course of this month.

Pike, who revealed he has been operating under a transfer embargo for the past six weeks, has also been left out of pocket.

But the man who led Borough to the FA Trophy final in 2014 at Wembley and recently celebrated a decade in charge at Privett Park is not about to quit the club.

He has called on his unpaid players to dig deep for the cause, too.

‘I am a fighter – I never chuck the towel in and I hope the players I recruit reflect my sentiments,’ said Pike.

‘But all I can do is look after my own position.

‘I know I am one of the best managers in the Conference South and that for the last six weeks I have been severely handicapped in doing my job by this embargo.

‘The difference between probably me and the players is that I trust the chairman to get us out of it.

‘When we had some bad results a couple of seasons ago, the press was on to him about sacking the manager.

‘He turned around and said: “The manager has got us into this mess and the manager will get us out of this mess”.

‘The same applies now – the chairman has got us into this mess and I trust he will get us out of this mess.’

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