Carey convinced he is the man for Lynn
PUBLISHED: 06:30 15 December 2006 | UPDATED: 09:54 14 September 2010
King's Lynn caretaker boss Shaun Carey insists his own managerial ambitions come second to the club's Southern Premier promotion push. Carey was interviewed for the post yesterday as the board look to tie down Tommy Taylor's permanent successor.
King's Lynn caretaker boss Shaun Carey insists his own managerial ambitions come second to the club's Southern Premier promotion push.
Carey was interviewed for the post yesterday as the board look to tie down Tommy Taylor's permanent successor.
Back-to-back league defeats this week did little to further the Irishman's own case, but Carey remains convinced he is the right man for the job.
"I will give 100% to bring success to King's Lynn," he promised. "I hope to be a part of the club for the rest of this season and beyond. Whoever the board chooses I'll be right behind them. Whatever direction they decide to go I will give them my support.
"I've got a great relationship with the chairman. We've been on the phone almost every day. The fans have always been behind me since I arrived as a player. I know they were frustrated after what happened against Gloucester but I understand that - they pay their money and are entitled to voice their opinions. Questions are being asked if we're good enough to win the league and we need to answer them."
Carey has no magic wand to put Lynn's season back on track.
"It's about hard work," he said. "We took over at a tough time but those who saw us beat Bishop's Stortford and Cirencester we're saying what great football. For me the key was our hard work and closing down. We know we can pass the ball well but you need to do the other things. When I took over I told the boys straight away I didn't know what the future held. If we stuck together and kept performing then we'd be okay.
"The preparation hasn't changed, the training hasn't changed and the players haven't changed. Obviously we've lost Adam Smith and that was a blow but you couldn't stand in his way. Maybe there is some uncertainty among the players. I just feel that would be too easy to offer as an excuse."
Carey held a behind closed doors heart-to-heart with his under performing squad after Tuesday's Gloucester defeat.
"We stayed in the changing room a long time - things needed to be said," revealed Carey. "It doesn't matter who takes charge, the lads know we can't afford to throw away what we've achieved so far. Football has a habit of biting you on the backside. A couple of weeks ago everything looked so rosy. Gloucester wasn't good enough. I felt it was a throwback to the end of last season - the players didn't look as though they were enjoying it, people didn't want the ball. You can carry one or two if they're having an off night but not seven or eight."
Matt O'Halloran (ankle) misses tomorrow's FA Trophy trip to Southern Premier table toppers Mangotsfield. Carey must sweat on the fitness of strike duo Michael Frew and Jack Defty. Lynn's caretaker boss is also monitoring the on going situation with old boy Danny Bloomfield.
The sharpshooter handed in a transfer request at Conference South highflyers Histon this week after a four-figure move from The Walks in February.
"I've not spoken to Danny directly but I know he's not been too happy," said Carey. "To get the best out of him you need to play football and I don't think Histon's style suits him. All I would say is Danny's a natural finisher who'd be a great acquisition to the squad. I like him as a player and a person but that's up to the chairman and the board. They would need to discuss the situation."
Bloomfield has been an unused substitute for The Stutes this month after 18 goals in 36 appearances since his switch to Lynn's old rivals.