Magpies: Players are behind manager, insists skipper Walker

UNDER-FIRE BOSS: Phil Simkin

UNDER-FIRE BOSS: Phil Simkin

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

NATHAN Walker has leapt to the defence of Phil Simkin after Magpies’ fans at Monday’s derby called for him to quit as Dorchester Town boss.

Club captain Walker says the players are firmly behind their under-fire manager and that Simkin is definitely “the right man” for the job.

Dorchester’s 2-0 defeat to Weymouth was their third in a row in the league, but Walker insists it is not a time to panic with 40 games still to play this season.

Speaking to Echosport about those supporters who voiced their feelings at the Bob Lucas Stadium, the skipper said: “I could understand their frustration but Phil has done well with what he has got.

“A couple of seasons ago we had our highest number of points in Conference South and they loved him.

“Everyone has got to get behind each other in this tough period and pull in the right direction.

“We are six games in and there are still 40 to play – there is no need to panic.

“We will click soon and once we do that we will be a threat.”

He continued: “The players have belief in Phil and we are all backing him.

“He picks the team but it is down to the players at the end of the day, so we’ve got to take a bit of responsibility ourselves.

“We’ve lost three in a row so we will get to see what characters we’ve got in the dressing room.”

Walker was a teenager at Hamworthy when he first linked up with Simkin, and the defender is in no doubt that he should remain in charge at the Avenue.

“Phil is the right man for the job,” he added. “With the situation the club is in I don’t think you can sack Phil and get a new manager.

“Phil loves Dorchester Town and I know it hurts him hearing what they (the fans) said.

“All the players are behind Phil and want to do well.

“It’s very early in the season to be asking for him to be sacked.

“Two years ago he was the best thing going and you don’t become a bad manager overnight.

“He has got a great assistant in Stuart and they are right for each other.”

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8:25am Wed 27 Aug 14

Bully669 says...

Surprise surprise

Manager in trouble with fans and guess what a player is asked to come out and support him. Rubbish

If the players respected the manager they would play for him, roll up their sleeves and give 110%. they didn't so point proved.

They therefore do not respect him.

The trust need to take a long look at themselves and this should be a lesson to other wannabee football club owners on the cheap
Surprise surprise Manager in trouble with fans and guess what a player is asked to come out and support him. Rubbish If the players respected the manager they would play for him, roll up their sleeves and give 110%. they didn't so point proved. They therefore do not respect him. The trust need to take a long look at themselves and this should be a lesson to other wannabee football club owners on the cheap Bully669
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9:34am Wed 27 Aug 14

DERRICK BENSON says...

To be fair Nathan has worded it slightly better - perhaps he should be simkins mouthpiece from now on. And he has a point, you don't become a bad manager over night. It's taken a couple of years!
To be fair Nathan has worded it slightly better - perhaps he should be simkins mouthpiece from now on. And he has a point, you don't become a bad manager over night. It's taken a couple of years! DERRICK BENSON
  • Score: -1

9:43am Wed 27 Aug 14

Douglas Mc says...

Was it the Manager that let the Magpies down on Saturday? Or was it the players who seemed to be 2nd to every 50/50 ball. A 5 -1 result in favour of Weymouth would have been justified. (The one for Dorch due to a Weymouth error.)

Question is should the Manager have got his players to try harder or was that the best they could achieve. Given some are recent Weymouth rejects perhaps the latter.
Was it the Manager that let the Magpies down on Saturday? Or was it the players who seemed to be 2nd to every 50/50 ball. A 5 -1 result in favour of Weymouth would have been justified. (The one for Dorch due to a Weymouth error.) Question is should the Manager have got his players to try harder or was that the best they could achieve. Given some are recent Weymouth rejects perhaps the latter. Douglas Mc
  • Score: 1

10:21am Wed 27 Aug 14

terra firma says...

kiss of death
kiss of death terra firma
  • Score: 7

11:59am Wed 27 Aug 14

terra firma says...

2 years ago the Walker's were the best thing since sliced bread. How facts and opinions can change!
2 years ago the Walker's were the best thing since sliced bread. How facts and opinions can change! terra firma
  • Score: 1

4:08pm Wed 27 Aug 14

craigbastow1@outlook.com says...

shut up nash you creep.
shut up nash you creep. craigbastow1@outlook.com
  • Score: -6

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