Blueprint for Tulips’ future

Pat Rayment
Pat Rayment

Manager Pat Rayment is planning ‘radical changes’ at Spalding United.

The Tulips’ season ended in disappointment on Saturday when they missed out on a play-off place in the Evo-Stik League First Division South.

Rayment admits “easy decisions” will be made over the first-team squad with a list of players who will be allowed to leave the club this summer.

Rayment revealed: “We will sit down with a blueprint of where we would like the club to go forward and that will be made public.

“There are going to be radical changes and we need to utilise our budget better.

“Gone are the days when players picked up good wages and got an easy pay day.

“I know the budgets in this league.

“We will look to bring in a couple of coaches and we have already identified half a dozen young, local players.

“We will still bring in good players to the club.”

Spalding’s play-off dream ended with a 3-0 defeat away to Romulus on Saturday.

Rayment said: “After our worst result of the season, we have a lot of easy decisions to make.

“The majority of players are now on the list of those who will leave us because we can’t go forward with them.

“Someone said to me that if we got promoted then we wouldn’t have to make many changes. But I know that this squad would come straight back down again.

“It’s hard to criticise but there are no excuses for the manner in which we’ve gone out this season.

“People stopped running and they weren’t proactive on the pitch. It’s disbelief when you see players watching the ball instead of giving an option to his team-mate.

“It’s all about the basics. It’s been a question of attitude, temperament and players not looking after themselves away from football.

“This has accumulated over four games since we beat Lincoln United on Easter Monday.

“Some of the players should be embarrassed with themselves.

“We have imploded – not through a lack of form but it’s down to a lack of commitment, effort, urgency and desire.”