Hawks boss ready to wield axe

Hawks manager Shaun Gale
Hawks manager Shaun Gale
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Hawks manager Shaun Gale is set to wield the axe after finally losing patience with some of his underperforming players.

An early exit from the FA Cup on Saturday and a poor start in Blue Square Bet South – which finds the Hawks in 18th place, just two points above the drop-zone – has left Gale exasperated.

He is clearly unhappy and lays the blame firmly at some of his more experienced players.

‘Some players are not doing the jobs they are paid to do and, as a manager, I have to act and resolve the problem,’ said Gale.

‘Myself and the management team have worked too hard to throw it all away.

‘It’s my livelihood and it’s okay for the players who can sit around on their contracts.

‘I have a job to do and, at the moment, some people are not helping me.

‘We should have picked up three points in the league last week and we should still be in the FA Cup.

‘It is because of silly individual mistakes that we missed out on both.

‘I spoke with the chairman briefly after the defeat at Weston-super-Mare and he agrees totally that some players are letting us down. It is time to show a ruthless streak and if that means getting rid of players then so be it.

‘We have given them every chance and it is time to make some big decisions.’

The Hawks did enough to get a replay at least against Weston-super-Mare on Saturday and looked positive going forward.

But once again, the frailties were to be found at the back as they slipped to a 3-2 third-qualifying-round defeat.

The departure of Ian Simpemba in the summer to Gravesend is proving a big loss and left a gap that the Hawks have not been able to fill.

Keeping a clean sheet is a major problem for the Hawks, and they need to add some steel and grit to the heart of their defence.

Youngster Ryan Woodford is exempt from the criticism because he has proved to be the one shining light in all this.

‘Already this season, we have thrown away 12 league points through individual errors after getting ourselves into a good position,’ said Gale

‘At the moment, I can’t see where our next clean sheet is coming from.

‘We are sat there waiting for the next silly error and that is horrible.

‘The day I wake up and think I can’t do the job I will leave but I am not throwing the towel in.’

Some of the more experienced Hawks players could find themselves out in the cold at Westleigh Park this week ahead of the weekend’s crunch visit to bottom-of-the-league Hampton & Richmond Borough.