THE Seagulls go into Thursday’s home game against Mickleover Sports with the dressing room still believing they can escape relegation.
Following the sacking of Kevin Lynch as manager on Monday, team captain Carl Rodgers and vice-captain Luke Denson will take charge of the team, and Denson said the players still have belief.
“Its a big challenge, but we feel we have nothing to lose because everybody has already written us off,” he said.
“Everyone in the dressing room still has belief we can get out of it. These next two games (Mickleover and then Ramsbottom on Saturday) are huge and if we can get six points from those then we are back in with a chance and that would give us confidence going forward to the end of the season.
“Monday was disappointing and we were all a bit shocked to hear that Kev and whacker (assistant manager Peter Cumiskey) had gone. It is unfortunate it didn’t work out for them, but now everybody in the dressing room has to pull together for the club and the supporters.
“Its a new experience for Carl and myself, but we are looking forward to it and all the lads have said they are 100 per cent behind us.
“I think I’ve played in every position going at the Bay (including stand in goalkeeper), so this is another first for me and it is exciting. I just hope we can turns things around and show the fans what we are made of.”
Carl Rodgers is a doubtful starter after picking up a knock on Monday and Jack Kelleher is still recovering from tonsillitis, but everyone else should be fit apart from long term injury victims Cory Williams (hamstring), James Graham (ankle) and Shaun Pearson (knee).
Fifth-bottom Mickleover are nine points ahead of the Bay having played a game more so the Seagulls need a win to give themselves any hope of climbing out of the bottom four relegation places.
The club had considered bringing in an interim manager, but chairman Dave Titchiner said: “Carl and Luke said they were keen to give it a go and the other players are behind them so we’ll see how it goes to the end of the season.”
With Connor Hunt having returned to Everton, the Seagulls have signed Andrew Farrimond from Congleton as goalkeeping cover for Craig Ellison.