Major changes for Spalding United - but manager is staying

MIXED EMOTIONS: Despair for Spalding United players and celebration time for Shaw Lane Aquaforce on their way to a 3-0 win on Tuesday night. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG271015-312TW
MIXED EMOTIONS: Despair for Spalding United players and celebration time for Shaw Lane Aquaforce on their way to a 3-0 win on Tuesday night. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG271015-312TW
  • Rayment ready for “new challenge” with Tulips

Pat Rayment has vowed to make changes after deciding to carry on as Spalding United manager.

He considered stepping down and didn’t even take his place in the home dug-out for the 3-0 defeat to Shaw Lane Aquaforce on Tuesday night.

Three first-half goals sent the Tulips crashing to a second successive defeat in the Evo-Stik Northern Premier League First Division South.

Rayment said: “I’m going to be perfectly frank and admit now that there will be a major restructure of the football club.

“I’ve had a long, hard look at myself because of how much work I’ve put in.

“We have paid over the odds to get players here but those days are gone now. They will come for the right reasons.

“I have let my frustrations boil over at times so I have got to address that as well.

“We have come as far as we can by paying over-the-top wages for players.

“I will carry on because it’s a new challenge and I’ve been given the backing to do that.

“You always have to look at yourself first and what you can do better. I’ve done a lot of good and wrong things.

“As a management team we have to take responsibility for the players we’ve brought in.

“We have lofty ambitions to get promotion and the club has never been on such a sound footing.

“It’s hard to take when you bring players in and know what they can do but all of a sudden they stop doing it.

“The manner in which we went out of the FA Cup to Sporting Khalsa disappointed me because I looked at the desire and as a team it wasn’t there.

“We need these players to perform well. Some of them are not working hard enough.

“I’m throwing that word ‘quality’ out of the window as we need players here for the right reasons.

“Some players who did well for us last season are not performing well now for various reasons.

“But we know they can play well and enhance us as a team.

“We will be offering deals to players and if they do well then they will be rewarded.”

Reflecting on the midweek defeat, Rayment added: “In the first 20 minutes we caused them all sorts of problems.

“But then Josh Moreman gave a soft ball away and after that I don’t think we worked hard enough as a team.

“That’s the way our games have been going. For an hour we have got our backs to the wall.

“Even in the second half Shaw Lane Aquaforce had that will to win and desire to work hard for their mates.”

Spalding will look to hit back at home on Saturday and complete a league double over Daventry Town.

Chairman Andy Gay issued a statement: “There has been a lot of speculation on social media following last night’s match against Shaw Lane Aquaforce regarding Pat Rayment’s future at the club.

“He decided to look at the game from a different angle, to assess the players without the pressure of being on the touchline, leaving that to club coach Danny Hussey and director of football Bob Don-Duncan.

“He and I have had a long and meaningful conversation this morning. He is still manager of this club and will take his place in the dug-out area again for Saturday’s game against Daventry Town.”