results have to improve or else

Garry Wilson
Garry Wilson

Eastbourne Borough chairman Len Smith admits Garry Wilson is under pressure to deliver results over the Christmas period.

Smith, who continues his recovery from a recent stroke, has been left frustrated by recent poor performances and is demanding a huge improvement ahead of their two games against Dover and into January.

A strong looking Boro’ squad currently languish in lower mid table closer to the Blue Square South drop zone rather than the expected push for the play-offs.

The chairman said he is keeping a close eye on the situation and said he will be forced to act if results do not improve.

Smith said, “It has not been good enough. We all know that and we are not hiding from that.

“Garry is proud man and he will be hurt by the recent performances and results.

“There has been talk of reassessing the situation at Christmas but that was never a deadline.

“We are constantly analysing the situation and if we feel we have to change we will. This is a crucial period and I think we will have to look at it in a month and see where we are at.”

Wilson insists everyone is feeling the pressure at the club and is under no illusions about the task in hand.

The boss has constantly backed his players despite some poor displays this season but after the Weston defeat he criticised them for not taking enough responsibility for their own performances.

Wilson knows this could be make or break time after 12 seasons as Eastbourne Borough manager but the prospect of leaving the club after more than a decade does not worry him.

“What have I got to be worried about?” He said. “I have always done my best for the club and will continue to do so but if the club no longer want me then so what? I will just go somewhere else.”

“We know we are under pressure to get results but that’s football. I’m looking for the players to rise to this pressure and show they are better than their last few displays.

“We are better than we have shown and I remain convinced that we can turn this around and finish the season in a decent position.”

Boro’ travel to promotion chasing Dover on Boxing Day. Ex-Sports loanee George Purcell is a regular in the side and will be keen to impress against his former club.

Former Boro ‘keeper Lee Hook remains at Dover but usually finds himself warming the bench behind regular stopper Mikhael Jaimez-Ruiz.

Boro’ have their own goal keeping issues. Clarke Masters is expected to start ahead of Charlton Athletic loanee Conor Gough who had a shaky debut against Weston.

Gary Elphick remains an injury doubt with a strained calf muscle but Sam Cole is hoping to be fit after missing the last game with a back problem. Ross Treleaven is rated at 50-50 after he pulled-up in the warm-up before the Weston match. Dover will be boosted by the signing of former Spurs man Terry Dixon.

The Republic of Ireland youth player, who has also represented West Ham and Bradford, made his debut for Dover during their victory at Staines last week.

Wilson added, “There will be a good crowd and the players will know they will have to be at their best to get a result.

“There can be no half measures, the players have to turn up and perform.”