Gainsborough Trinity Richard Kane eager to avoid relegation battle next season

Jake Picton receives the Gainsborough Standard Readers Player of the Year trophy from chairman Richard Kane

Picture: Sarah Washbourn
Jake Picton receives the Gainsborough Standard Readers Player of the Year trophy from chairman Richard Kane Picture: Sarah Washbourn

Gainsborough Trinity chairman Richard Kane believes a whole raft of changes are needed on the pitch over the summer as he hopes to not have to go down to the wire to avoid relegation again.

Speaking after the Blues secured their place in the sixth tier of English football for another year, Kane was disappointed how this season had turned out after such a promising start.

Trinity were comfortable in mid table for most of the campaign and reached the FA Cup first round proper in November, when they narrowly were defeated by League One Shrewsbury Town.

Despite this he feels the whole experience since the turn of the year has left him deflated.

He said: “For a while I thought we may need to go to Bradford needing a win or something from it and frankly its just not been good enough. I’m still disappointed, yeah we are safe but I am bitterly disappointed and I can’t put across how much I am.”

“The season as a whole set off really well for the first quarter to half of it was ok and when you put so much effort into something off the field then when you see how it is on the field, it’s just not been good enough.

“I still feel deflated by the whole experience over the last three to four months. I’m not pointing fingers at anyone, far from it, and here we are hanging on again for the last couple of games of the season.

“Me and a couple of the directors were out there pacing away, nearly wearing the soles out of our shoes looking at scores and seeing where everyone else is. We will not be doing that next year.”

“Everything has been there for the players, we have done as much as we can for them, and we have pushed it off the field. If the amount of effort off the field was taken into account, we would be in the play offs now, without question.”

Attention soon turned to the manager’s job, and after flicking through the CV’s several people have been interviewed including interim manager Dominic Roma.

“We have had a lot of applications for the managers job, sifted through a lot of CV’s and a few in for interviews but we still aren’t 100 per cent on who we want,” he added.

“It is still to conclude with all the directors, we just need the final decision to be collectively agreed before we announce who the new manager is.

“I have asked all the managers who have applied for the job what they want from the team and they have all said pace, strength, fitness and doing things a little bit differently next year. I want things to be totally different next year and not to have to go through all this again.”