King's Lynn prepare for Harrogate test
Paddy Davitt King's Lynn boss Keith Webb aims to set the record straight in tonight's Blue Square North test against play-off chasing Harrogate Town at The Walks.
King's Lynn boss Keith Webb aims to set the record straight in tonight's Blue Square North test against play-off chasing Harrogate Town at The Walks. (7.45pm)
Webb branded Lynn's 4-0 September loss in Yorkshire 'unacceptable' after watching the Linnets crash to their heaviest league defeat of the campaign.
The Lynn chief insists his men approach the re-match in buoyant mood after Saturday's 2-1 win at Redditch nudged the club back into the top half.
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“We have to make sure all the work we did there doesn't come undone against a Harrogate side right in the mix,” he said.
“We owe them one a little bit for the performance we put on up there. In that respect we probably owe ourselves a good one as well.
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“There is still a long way to go yet. I'm not worried about looking what is below us in the table - I want to finish as high as we can.
“The players here know I won't accept them going through the motions.
“It's up to them to show me they want to be a part of it moving forward.”
Lynn's way ahead includes new majority shareholder Neil Featherby taking on a director of football role - but Webb rules out any potential conflict of interest.
“It's just putting a label to what has already been happening here,” he said.
“If I felt the situation was like the one at Newcastle with Dennis Wise or these other clubs you hear about - when I'm being told what players to get - then I'd ring up with my resignation.
“I've worked closely with Neil for a long time now. He basically got me to King's Lynn in the first place so I don't have a problem with that.
“As long as I dictate who comes in and who doesn't come in then I haven't got a problem.”
Webb is adamant Lynn's bold plan to re-organise the club off the pitch is vital to achieving Football League status.
“It's great to hear what the plans are with these new directors,” he said.
“If we have any ambitions as a club to really move forward then that has to be done and it has to be done from the bottom up. You can't lurch from crisis to crisis because that way you end up in the situation we found ourselves recently.”
Webb believes the success of Lynn's young Norfolk Senior Cup finalists is another crucial factor in the club's long term future.
“I'm absolutely delighted for Steven Lilley and all the hard work that goes on below the first team that fails to get recognised,” said Webb.
“It's something that Keith Rudd started and Steve has now taken on. Along with Neil Fryatt and Norman Ceasar they do a lot of good work that goes unnoticed a lot of the time.”
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