Magpies: Phil Simkin responds to fans' calls for his head

RESPONSE: Phil Simkin

RESPONSE: Phil Simkin

First published in Sport Dorset Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Sports Reporter

PHIL Simkin reckons the Dorchester Town fans that called for his head during yesterday's defeat to Weymouth “need to come into the real world” and “put their hands in their pockets” if they care about the club.

Speaking after his side’s 2-0 reverse, Magpies’ chief Simkin said he understood the supporters’ frustrations but was disappointed with their reaction given the situation the club is in.

“I understand our supporters’ frustration but I think they need to come into the real world and accept the fact the way things are, not the way they were,” he said.

“I was slightly disappointed with our supporters’ reaction because they’re either completely ignorant of the situation we’re in or they just don’t care, I don’t know which it is.

“I don’t know if they think I can pull rabbits out of hats for much longer because if they can think of someone else who can then he’s welcome to do it.

“I can’t understand what goes through their heads, it’s in front of them, we’ve got no money.

“I don’t quite know what they expect, perhaps they’d like to club together and get me a player.

“If they really care about the club, instead of slagging me off why don’t they put their hands in their pockets, get themselves together in a big group and help me.”

He added: “I feel a little bit sorry for them if they do really think that there is something behind the scenes that I’m not doing.

“They obviously haven’t got a clue what’s going on, not a clue.

“The players were so wound up they wanted to go round (to the fans) and I had to practically stop them leaving the dressing room to go round there.”

Reflecting on the game itself, Simkin said he thought the Magpies reacted well to conceding an early goal and felt they deserved something from the encounter.

He continued: “I think we did well enough to get something out of the game after making such a horrendous mistake in the first minute which was exactly something we demanded they didn’t do.

“All credit to the lads. We rallied, they got their heads round it and, to be honest, apart from Sam’s mistake and the goal from the corner which should have been avoided, I didn’t see a great deal of difference between the two sides – apart from the fact that they have got plenty of players and I haven’t.”

Simkin added that Nick Crittenden could be out for a month with a hamstring injury, and he confirmed that a deal to bring in Mike Gosney on loan from Gosport Borough fell through at the 11th hour.

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7:13am Tue 26 Aug 14

Bully669 says...

Wow was not expecting that

If Simplekins think the Maggots deserved something out of yesterdays game he is either deluded or needs a visit to a well known high street optician.

The Maggots were outplayed, outfought and outthought. Perhaps is Simplekins should be out
Wow was not expecting that If Simplekins think the Maggots deserved something out of yesterdays game he is either deluded or needs a visit to a well known high street optician. The Maggots were outplayed, outfought and outthought. Perhaps is Simplekins should be out Bully669
  • Score: 14

7:29am Tue 26 Aug 14

DERRICK BENSON says...

Simpkins is a PR DISASTER. Took the plaudits not so long ago yet in one article I would suggest he's done nothing to reassure fans but everything to make fans think twice before paying to watch his team again. Almost every interview he gives is depressing, defeatist and so uninspiring. I only hope his team talks are the complete opposite of what he tells the fans.
Simpkins is a PR DISASTER. Took the plaudits not so long ago yet in one article I would suggest he's done nothing to reassure fans but everything to make fans think twice before paying to watch his team again. Almost every interview he gives is depressing, defeatist and so uninspiring. I only hope his team talks are the complete opposite of what he tells the fans. DERRICK BENSON
  • Score: 12

9:38am Tue 26 Aug 14

Hunter4 says...

Employ a combination league manager and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that is where we will be heading. Can't fault his commitment to the cause or the fact he doesn't get paid but if you haven't got the respect of the players and your not up to it your not up to it. Phil Simkin is a reserve/youth team manager and thats it so put him back where he benefits the club. Who would replace him ? Club legend Mark Jermyn would be the perfect player manager for me and value for money getting two for one, that's if he wants to now and can put aside how he was treated by those reponsible?
Employ a combination league manager and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that is where we will be heading. Can't fault his commitment to the cause or the fact he doesn't get paid but if you haven't got the respect of the players and your not up to it your not up to it. Phil Simkin is a reserve/youth team manager and thats it so put him back where he benefits the club. Who would replace him ? Club legend Mark Jermyn would be the perfect player manager for me and value for money getting two for one, that's if he wants to now and can put aside how he was treated by those reponsible? Hunter4
  • Score: 5

9:56am Tue 26 Aug 14

HollyAnne-x says...

This has annoyed me so much.. Why is he pushing his fans further away by slagging them off? He should be grateful that anyone went to watch the match, I doubt many fans will now considering he's pushing the supporters away! And as for the players? he needs to open his eyes and stop being so delusional.
This has annoyed me so much.. Why is he pushing his fans further away by slagging them off? He should be grateful that anyone went to watch the match, I doubt many fans will now considering he's pushing the supporters away! And as for the players? he needs to open his eyes and stop being so delusional. HollyAnne-x
  • Score: 6

12:41pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Tactics not tictacks says...

The team that got a few good results last year, is in the main, still intact and in my humble opinion, even stronger because of last year. So results at this level should not be beyond them.
The budget is certainly not the issue here, as if handled correctly (and not slaughtered for every error... aka goldfish-bowl syndrome), this team has every chance of stabilising them selves mid-table by Christmas. Next Year (post Christmas) could even see them push on from there, but to do so, individual and team confidence must be restored.
Heath's constant criticism and lack of coaching knowledge is obvious to anyone who has "done their badges" or "worked" in the game. He would do himself and his team a big favour, just by staying quiet and encouraging the lads to go out and enjoy themselves. Send them out seven foot tall and support their efforts for ninety minutes, then privately work on the weaknesses of the side, team or individual.
Listen to the players, let them have their say it will help them express themselves better on the pitch, don't stifle that!!! From what I've seen of Simpkin, he is not much help, but then again he doesn't hinder the side from the dugout either, so if he keeps that up the players will dig themselves out of this slump.
United we stand... divided we fall. Install a siege mentality, batten down the hatches, its Dorchester against the world. let's encourage the fans to join in too...
Or you could just carry on moaning about everything in the press and waving the charity box about. I think we all know where that will take you.
The team that got a few good results last year, is in the main, still intact and in my humble opinion, even stronger because of last year. So results at this level should not be beyond them. The budget is certainly not the issue here, as if handled correctly (and not slaughtered for every error... aka goldfish-bowl syndrome), this team has every chance of stabilising them selves mid-table by Christmas. Next Year (post Christmas) could even see them push on from there, but to do so, individual and team confidence must be restored. Heath's constant criticism and lack of coaching knowledge is obvious to anyone who has "done their badges" or "worked" in the game. He would do himself and his team a big favour, just by staying quiet and encouraging the lads to go out and enjoy themselves. Send them out seven foot tall and support their efforts for ninety minutes, then privately work on the weaknesses of the side, team or individual. Listen to the players, let them have their say it will help them express themselves better on the pitch, don't stifle that!!! From what I've seen of Simpkin, he is not much help, but then again he doesn't hinder the side from the dugout either, so if he keeps that up the players will dig themselves out of this slump. United we stand... divided we fall. Install a siege mentality, batten down the hatches, its Dorchester against the world. let's encourage the fans to join in too... Or you could just carry on moaning about everything in the press and waving the charity box about. I think we all know where that will take you. Tactics not tictacks
  • Score: 8

1:17pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Bully669 says...

Tactics not tictacks wrote:
The team that got a few good results last year, is in the main, still intact and in my humble opinion, even stronger because of last year. So results at this level should not be beyond them.
The budget is certainly not the issue here, as if handled correctly (and not slaughtered for every error... aka goldfish-bowl syndrome), this team has every chance of stabilising them selves mid-table by Christmas. Next Year (post Christmas) could even see them push on from there, but to do so, individual and team confidence must be restored.
Heath's constant criticism and lack of coaching knowledge is obvious to anyone who has "done their badges" or "worked" in the game. He would do himself and his team a big favour, just by staying quiet and encouraging the lads to go out and enjoy themselves. Send them out seven foot tall and support their efforts for ninety minutes, then privately work on the weaknesses of the side, team or individual.
Listen to the players, let them have their say it will help them express themselves better on the pitch, don't stifle that!!! From what I've seen of Simpkin, he is not much help, but then again he doesn't hinder the side from the dugout either, so if he keeps that up the players will dig themselves out of this slump.
United we stand... divided we fall. Install a siege mentality, batten down the hatches, its Dorchester against the world. let's encourage the fans to join in too...
Or you could just carry on moaning about everything in the press and waving the charity box about. I think we all know where that will take you.
Hello Phil

Welcome to the Echo
[quote][p][bold]Tactics not tictacks[/bold] wrote: The team that got a few good results last year, is in the main, still intact and in my humble opinion, even stronger because of last year. So results at this level should not be beyond them. The budget is certainly not the issue here, as if handled correctly (and not slaughtered for every error... aka goldfish-bowl syndrome), this team has every chance of stabilising them selves mid-table by Christmas. Next Year (post Christmas) could even see them push on from there, but to do so, individual and team confidence must be restored. Heath's constant criticism and lack of coaching knowledge is obvious to anyone who has "done their badges" or "worked" in the game. He would do himself and his team a big favour, just by staying quiet and encouraging the lads to go out and enjoy themselves. Send them out seven foot tall and support their efforts for ninety minutes, then privately work on the weaknesses of the side, team or individual. Listen to the players, let them have their say it will help them express themselves better on the pitch, don't stifle that!!! From what I've seen of Simpkin, he is not much help, but then again he doesn't hinder the side from the dugout either, so if he keeps that up the players will dig themselves out of this slump. United we stand... divided we fall. Install a siege mentality, batten down the hatches, its Dorchester against the world. let's encourage the fans to join in too... Or you could just carry on moaning about everything in the press and waving the charity box about. I think we all know where that will take you.[/p][/quote]Hello Phil Welcome to the Echo Bully669
  • Score: -6

2:20pm Tue 26 Aug 14

craigbastow1@outlook.com says...

DERRICK BENSON wrote:
Simpkins is a PR DISASTER. Took the plaudits not so long ago yet in one article I would suggest he's done nothing to reassure fans but everything to make fans think twice before paying to watch his team again. Almost every interview he gives is depressing, defeatist and so uninspiring. I only hope his team talks are the complete opposite of what he tells the fans.
thats a bit rich coming from someone as brainless as yourself benson , try spelling his name right for a start , bit different when you were beating plymouth in the fa cup you could not wait to berate weymouth fc! now the boot is on the other foot you come crawling out the woodwork pratt .
[quote][p][bold]DERRICK BENSON[/bold] wrote: Simpkins is a PR DISASTER. Took the plaudits not so long ago yet in one article I would suggest he's done nothing to reassure fans but everything to make fans think twice before paying to watch his team again. Almost every interview he gives is depressing, defeatist and so uninspiring. I only hope his team talks are the complete opposite of what he tells the fans.[/p][/quote]thats a bit rich coming from someone as brainless as yourself benson , try spelling his name right for a start , bit different when you were beating plymouth in the fa cup you could not wait to berate weymouth fc! now the boot is on the other foot you come crawling out the woodwork pratt . craigbastow1@outlook.com
  • Score: 0

3:36pm Tue 26 Aug 14

bedpans says...

Simkin became a butterworth chlone allowing his team to be destroyed . If he had stood up for himself and not gone along with the trust to keep his job he would have commanded and deserved some respect.Not anymore .he doesn't deserve to keep his job . Get rid now
Simkin became a butterworth chlone allowing his team to be destroyed . If he had stood up for himself and not gone along with the trust to keep his job he would have commanded and deserved some respect.Not anymore .he doesn't deserve to keep his job . Get rid now bedpans
  • Score: -1

8:31pm Tue 26 Aug 14

The Muffler says...

Ah, come on! Stop being so hard on him, those of us on the South side of the Ridgeway think he's doing a wonderful job.
Ah, come on! Stop being so hard on him, those of us on the South side of the Ridgeway think he's doing a wonderful job. The Muffler
  • Score: 4

9:40am Wed 27 Aug 14

DERRICK BENSON says...

craigbastow1@outlook
.com
wrote:
DERRICK BENSON wrote:
Simpkins is a PR DISASTER. Took the plaudits not so long ago yet in one article I would suggest he's done nothing to reassure fans but everything to make fans think twice before paying to watch his team again. Almost every interview he gives is depressing, defeatist and so uninspiring. I only hope his team talks are the complete opposite of what he tells the fans.
thats a bit rich coming from someone as brainless as yourself benson , try spelling his name right for a start , bit different when you were beating plymouth in the fa cup you could not wait to berate weymouth fc! now the boot is on the other foot you come crawling out the woodwork pratt .
Glad you remember me, you're such an intellectual wit that I have no recollection of you what so ever. Clearly I touched your nerve, sounds like that is no mea feat though. Don't worry, I could easily berate Weymouth any day of the week. Mind you, it's you who's trawling magpie news so I suggest you have a big issue my little friend x
[quote][p][bold]craigbastow1@outlook .com[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DERRICK BENSON[/bold] wrote: Simpkins is a PR DISASTER. Took the plaudits not so long ago yet in one article I would suggest he's done nothing to reassure fans but everything to make fans think twice before paying to watch his team again. Almost every interview he gives is depressing, defeatist and so uninspiring. I only hope his team talks are the complete opposite of what he tells the fans.[/p][/quote]thats a bit rich coming from someone as brainless as yourself benson , try spelling his name right for a start , bit different when you were beating plymouth in the fa cup you could not wait to berate weymouth fc! now the boot is on the other foot you come crawling out the woodwork pratt .[/p][/quote]Glad you remember me, you're such an intellectual wit that I have no recollection of you what so ever. Clearly I touched your nerve, sounds like that is no mea feat though. Don't worry, I could easily berate Weymouth any day of the week. Mind you, it's you who's trawling magpie news so I suggest you have a big issue my little friend x DERRICK BENSON
  • Score: -4

4:10pm Wed 27 Aug 14

craigbastow1@outlook.com says...

not as big as your wife benno me old china ,
not as big as your wife benno me old china , craigbastow1@outlook.com
  • Score: -1

11:01pm Wed 27 Aug 14

DERRICK BENSON says...

craigbastow1@outlook
.com
wrote:
not as big as your wife benno me old china ,
Yeah agreed about the wife, she has a huge issue with me entertaining your nonsense :-*
[quote][p][bold]craigbastow1@outlook .com[/bold] wrote: not as big as your wife benno me old china ,[/p][/quote]Yeah agreed about the wife, she has a huge issue with me entertaining your nonsense :-* DERRICK BENSON
  • Score: -1

8:10pm Thu 28 Aug 14

jaomi4 says...

personally i think Phil is refreshingly honest. i totally respect a man who is willing to put the truth out there, regardless of the politics of sport. the fans were and are out of order and i am glad he said so. it is such a shame that he has lost his job. they wont find a more committed manager willing to work as hard for free. they also wont find one who will have the love and respect of these players like Phil has.
personally i think Phil is refreshingly honest. i totally respect a man who is willing to put the truth out there, regardless of the politics of sport. the fans were and are out of order and i am glad he said so. it is such a shame that he has lost his job. they wont find a more committed manager willing to work as hard for free. they also wont find one who will have the love and respect of these players like Phil has. jaomi4
  • Score: 0
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