As the Hawks bring the curtain down on their season, Shaun Gale has hit out at the individuals who are out to ‘undermine’ his work as boss.
The Hawks end their Blue Square South campaign against Staines Town at West Leigh Park tomorrow (3pm) and Gale, although massively disappointed to miss out on the play-offs again, insists the club is heading in the right direction.
He is annoyed, however, by some disruptive influences behind the scenes.
‘Ever since I took the job three years ago there have been people knocking what we have been trying to do,’ said Gale.
‘Since day one, the same people have been saying that I shouldn’t be manager.
‘We are all disappointed not to reach the play-offs but in the past few years we have made sure this club has stayed in business.
‘A lot of hard work has been done selling the club to the community and we have developed a fantastic facility.
‘All we want to do is keep trying to improve the club in all areas.
‘But there are a few individuals working behind the scenes trying to undermine all this.
‘This includes going on internet message boards and putting things on there that are not true.
‘Recently, I was accused of taking the club to an industrial tribunal over fines when I was a player.
‘This is factually incorrect and I don’t know what people are trying to achieve putting something like that up six years after it was supposed to have happened.
‘Since taking the job, all I have wanted to do is the best for the club.
‘When the day comes that I feel I can’t do that anymore then I will walk away.
‘I know it is also about results on the pitch and, without making excuses, a number of factors worked against us this season.
‘There have been many positives and the aim is still to get the club up into the next level.
‘We can only achieve that by all pulling together.’
Although this weekend’s final game is meaningless to both teams, Gale is adamant he wants to end the season in positive fashion.
The home side have serious doubts over the fitness of Sam Pearce, Steve Ramsey and goalkeeper Aaron Howe who could all miss out.
‘We all know we have not achieved what we set out to achieve at the start of the season,’ said Gale.
‘During the summer we will look at the areas where we need to improve and attempt to change it.’
Hawks: Ashmore, Newton, Pearce, Simpemba, MacDonald, Hinshelwood, Selley, Igoe, Fogden, Tiryaki, Williams, Sole, Sewell, Scott, Ramsey, Pearce, Howe.