Future is uncertain - Peters
PUBLISHED: 11:37 05 May 2009 | UPDATED: 16:15 10 September 2010
King's Lynn defender Mark Peters has admitted the club's playing squad face an uncertain short-term future at The Walks. Former boss Keith Webb and his assistant Lee Glover left following the final day Blue Square North win at Vauxhall Motors - potentially the Linnets' last Conference fixture ahead of a pending FA appeal.
King's Lynn defender Mark Peters has admitted the club's playing squad face an uncertain short-term future at The Walks.
Former boss Keith Webb and his assistant Lee Glover left following the final day Blue Square North win at Vauxhall Motors - potentially the Linnets' last Conference fixture ahead of a pending FA appeal.
Club officials have requested a personal Soho Square hearing to try and overturn the Conference's decision to demote them after failing to initiate a £250,000 upgrade to their council-owned Walks Stadium. Peters says Lynn's managerless first team squad are now left in limbo with Webb's potential successor unlikely to be appointed until after the outcome of the club's FA appeal.
“From a player's point of view when the season finishes you want to know what your future holds,” said the experienced defender. “Whether it is a positive or a negative, it's nice to know. The problem now is how can the club or the management or anyone think about next year until the FA decision is made? You can't say to someone, 'I want to keep you or I don't want to keep you,' because you don't know what league you are going to be in. It's just more frustration heaped on the shoulders of everyone at the football club.”
Peters feels Lynn's ground grading crisis is another slap in the face for the club's playing squad after ensuring survival on the pitch despite the financial fall out from major backer Michael Chinn's New Year exit.
“It's just hugely disappointing for the team,” he said. “We've put in so much effort this season and it has been a testing time. There was even a spell where we didn't really know if we were going to get paid or not and then we agreed to take a wage cut. I don't know too much about this issue but it seems like a fairly simple thing that could potentially put the club in a lower league.
“After working so hard it's tough to take. It's a good club with a big fan base and everyone is pulling in the right direction. Our supporters have travelled the length and breadth of the country paying good money to watch us and this hurts them as well. Hopefully whatever needs to be done can be sorted out because the last thing we want as players or supporters is to be demoted.”
Peters battled back from a broken leg injury to help Lynn stay in the division but admitted this latest body blow caps a miserable season.
“I've been in the game 20 years or so and usually football clubs can be a bit of a roller coaster - whatever it's at the top or bottom,” he said.
“But I guess you could definitely say this has been right up there in terms of the most turmoil going around. Despite that, through it all, everyone stayed together. There has been no throwing of tantrums, we've just put our heads down and got on with it. I think supporters can see the effort.”