Gloucester City manager Chris Todd has roared back in defiance at suggestions he should leave the club, insisting that he is the right man to turn the club’s fortunes around.
The Tigers are winless since the former Eastleigh man took over at the start of September, with a loss to Weston on New Year’s Day bringing widespread criticism and calls for him to go.
However, Todd has released a statement this morning on, refuting these suggestions whilst taking full responsibility for the situation Gloucester City find themselves in.
The statement reads:
To all Gloucester City fans, yesterday was a massive low for everyone involved with the football club. There is no one hurting more than myself, I can promise you that.
After such a positive first half performance, the second was a huge let down and disappointment. As the manager of the football club, I take full responsibility and do not accept that second half display.
What yesterday did do is prove we are in a relegation scrap and realisation that we are not good enough at the present time and could go down. This has not been right all season and cracks have been papered over. I am however very capable of turning this situation around.
I will do everything in my power to make this happen. There is a plan in place and things will happen in the next few days. We as a club can only do this together and need everyone pulling in the right direction.
Gloucester City fans are reacting to the statement this morning and we will update this page as the day goes on.
Warning: Some tweets may contain strong language.
Chris,with all due respect three months of losing games.
It's now your team so YOU have papered over the cracks
It's gone from bad to worse
Why should we believe things will get better?
— Barry Curtis (@BarryGCurtis) 2 January 2019
Christ on a bike @ChrisToddBook, didn't you have a plan for the last 3 months? If you did they haven't worked so far so why should we trust you that this latest one would?
— Lee Mills (@glosmills) 2 January 2019
I can’t believe it’s taken until yesterday’s result to prove we are in a relegation scrap. I’m also surprised we’ve had a statement from the manager and not the club. We are record breakingly bad, no shoots of hope and if the plan is signing more kids on loan, God help us.
— Paul (@LordBrownwind) 2 January 2019
The papering over the cracks remark has done me in. He's been at the helm for long enough that he's brandishing the bloody glue brush and paper himself. We all knew we were lucky to stay out of the bottom for as long as we have, so stuffed if I know how he's only just cottoned on
— Amanda (@sopranojourney) 2 January 2019
Whole season was always a relegation scrap but one we looked capable of winning in October. Simply ducks responsibility to suggest things haven't got much worse. https://t.co/512zOJYdeQ
— t-towel (@ttowel) 2 January 2019
Sorry, you’ve only just realised we’re in a relegation scrap????? Absolute joke.
You’re responsible for papering over the cracks, Rico left us in a comfortable position, so don’t say it has not been right all season.
— DaDs TaXi (@von_no_toes) 2 January 2019
No sorry this is bullshit. 15 games and four months without a win and and failure to beat the bottom of the league side in two attempts and only now realises we’re in a relegation fight?!
— The VOTTE (@TheVOTTE) 2 January 2019
We were in a relagation dog fight 5 games ago and the club only just realised
— David Monaghan (@monaghandavid59) 2 January 2019
This is really misjudged and I fear the fans will tell you that in the next home game when there’s next to nobody there. He’s failed spectacularly and people have had enough of this “one more game to get it right” nonsense
— Chris Warrior (@Chris_Warrior) 2 January 2019
Right @ChrisToddBook just sort it and all will be right again but please if you can’t just do the honourable thing. Majority of these players arnt good enough and that is a fact.
— Andrew Roberts (@AndrewRoberts20) 2 January 2019
Last updated 12:15, 02/01/2019.