Hadland backs Seagulls for promotion

Tim ChannonClub News, First Team

DEPARTED manager Phill Hadland says he felt it was the right thing to do for the club to go now while there still more than half a season remaining – and he is backing the players to go on and win promotion or reach the play-offs at the very minimum.

“I felt I had to do what is right for the club because we just haven’t been winning enough games,” he said.

Phill Hadland – “It was the right thing for the club for me to go now.”

“It is not a decision that has come out of the blue because I’ve been in lengthy talks with the chairman about it over the last three weeks or so and after Saturday I felt the time had come.

 “But I honestly believe the players are there to get automatic promotion or to get into the play-offs at the very minimum this season. Whoever takes over will be very lucky to have such a good group of players already in place. It just needs a tweak or two to turn them into a very good side.
  “I believe that being without Dan Bartle and Gaz Burnett through injury since day one has hurt us, because if we had had those two in tandem from the start it would be a very different story. I believe Dan, particularly, can be a pivotal player over the rest of the campaign if he stays fit.
  “Injuries and suspensions have certainly not helped us, but I’m not going to make excuses. Its a results business and we have drawn far too many games that we should have won and have not been consistently good enough in both boxes.
 “The highlight of my time in charge was obviously the win against South Shields. We are still the only side to have beaten them in the league this season and that performance showed what the squad is capable of producing. We just haven’t been able to do it consistently enough, but hopefully a new manager can remedy that.
“I want to thank the club for giving me a chance of my first job in management. I’ve learnt a lot which hopefully will stand me in good stead for the future and I wish everyone at Colwyn Bay all the very best.
 “I’m going to take a bit of a break now, but then I want to get back into football  and hopefully I will see you all again somewhere. Thanks again for the opportunity and good luck.”
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PLAYER/COACH Anthony Griffith will take training this week and will be in charge of the team on Saturday at Kendal if a new manager has not been installed by then.