Poor finish leaves Howie embarrassed
Paddy Davitt King's Lynn's newly crowned player-of-the-year Scott Howie admits the Linnets' squad should be embarrassed about the club's end-of-season tailspin. Howie picked up the players' player and Maurice Ebbs Memorial Trophy supporters' player-of-the-year awards after a fifth consecutive Blue Square North weekend defeat to Workington.
King's Lynn's newly crowned player-of-the-year Scott Howie admits the Linnets' squad should be embarrassed about the club's end-of-season tailspin.
Howie picked up the players' player and Maurice Ebbs Memorial Trophy supporters' player-of-the-year awards after a fifth consecutive Blue Square North weekend defeat to Workington.
The honest Scot insists Lynn's management duo Keith Webb and Lee Glover are not solely to blame for the club's wretched recent run.
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"It makes me ashamed to say it but maybe there was a bit of end-of-seasonitis," he said. "As players, we should be embarrassed if that is the case but I think about four or five weeks ago we knew we couldn't really go up or down so there hasn't been much to play for. We should still have our personal pride and I include myself in that. It's not a nice thing to face up to, but we have let Keith and Gloves down over these last few weeks.
"From my point of view when players left and we had the financial problems we got together as a group and had a real good team spirit which got us through that period. I still believe we have that here but it just hasn't happened in the last few games."
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Webb is poised to decide his own future ahead of Lynn's last day trip to Vauxhall Motors but Howie cautions against a summer of upheaval at The Walks.
"I hope to stay here next season because I've it enjoyed it again on a personal level," he said. "The travel in this league is a bit tough but the fans have backed us home and away - especially away where they've had to do some ridiculous miles. I would like to continue but it depends what happens at the club over the summer.
"At the start of this season we had kept most of the same squad but coming to the end there's only probably me, Craney, Jack (Defty) and Cammy left so there has been quite a turnover.
"That's just the way football is but I would like to see this group stay together because we have built some relationships now, we know each other, and that will be important moving forward again."
The 37-year-old said he was honoured to be recognised by his team mates and Lynn's supporters.
"It was an unexpected bonus and it's much appreciated," he said. "I have to be honest and say on a personal level I haven't been happy with how it has gone for me this season but I'm very thankful for this support. Usually if a keeper or a defender wins the end of year awards then it's sort of indicative that the club has had a tough season.
"Clearly, you could say that has been the case in the past few weeks but for our first time at this level I think most people would've settled for a solid season where we tried to consolidate. The last five or six weeks have now taken the shine off things.
"I don't think anyone felt we'd be one of the top teams but even so I felt we we're good enough to get into the play-offs and if you reach those then anything is possible."
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