Cammell Laird boss: I will not fail again

Cammell Laird manager Tony Sullivan has warned he will not go down in history as the manager who twice finished in a relegation position in two seasons as he prepares for a new season.

The manager oversaw Cammell Laird’s 2011/12 campaign which saw the club finish in the Evo Stik North relegation places, but the club was given a reprieve after teams around them folded.

Now, he has revealed he even offered to quit the struggling club because of poor results on the pitch.

He said: “After the last campaign I offered my resignation to the clubs committee. The club, very aware of the restraints and problems that we had as a group looked beyond that and as a collective we discussed what the issues where and what can be done to fix it.”

Sullivan has planned out a three-year plan for success on and off the pitch, with surviving relegation a top priority.

“When Cammell Laird FC take to the field in the new season our lads will be running out on to the park looking to win, both for themselves and the football club.  We are also looking at some fresh talent, there are undoubtably some rough diamonds out there and it’s just a case of assessing what’s out there.”

Last year, Laird won just eight games all season, clocking up a miserly 28 points in 42 games and with a -69 goal difference.

But Sullivan is bullish about the team’s chances despite a small playing budget. He said: “We are not a club who are financially strong and there have perhaps been players here of late who are money orientated.

“Recently I’ve had players ring me up asking about a possible spot in the squad and one of the first things they ask is ‘what’s the money like’? At that point the conversation comes to an abrupt halt.

“This coming season we have set our budget and are not going to fall in to the trap of many clubs at this level of falling foul of money demands but we can offer players a platform for pride, development and success.”

Sullivan has the full backing of the chairman and will welcome League One side Tranmere on the 23rd July in a lucrative pre-season friendly. For Sullivan, it represents a new beginning for the club.

“I’m keen to get the players firing on all cylinders and keen on the joy of winning, maybe some of that determination has been lacking recently,” he explained.

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