Tommy to stay at the Lane

Tommy Widdrington
Tommy Widdrington

Eastbourne Borough manager Tommy Widdrington fully expects to remain at Priory Lane for next season.

Last Saturday’s 3-1 home defeat against Havant and Waterlooville all but dashed Borough’s slim play-off hopes but Widdrington insists he remains determined to lead Borough back in the Conference Premier.

“I have had chats with the people above me and all seems good.

“We know where we are as a club and we know where we have to be in order to mount a serious promotion challenge.

“But that is the aim for everybody at the club. We are looking at ways to do that and hopefully that can make us successful on the pitch.”

Borough are 13th in the Vanarama South, 13 points off Steve King’s Whitehawk who occupy the final play-off spot in fifth place.

Borough began the campaign in fine style and topped the Conference South during the early stages. However, they struggled to maintain their momentum and slipped to a mid table spot.

Widdrington, who was appointed Borough manager in 2012, added, “The start certainly raised expectations among the fans and they had every right to expect. That might have added to the feeling of disappointment, I don’t know.

“What I do know is that the players have given their best this season and they will continue to do so until the end.

“We may be off the pace but we can still have huge impact on what happens. We still want to play well and we still want to win as many games as we can. Nothing changes in that respect.

“Goals have not been a problem this season it’s at the other end we have struggled. We have conceded too many goals and ultimately you could say that has cost us.

“Havant are a very good side for this division. They have a lot of experience on the pitch and as a club they are probably a step ahead of us at this point in time. They deserve to where they are and good luck to them.”

Widdrington backed his players after the defeat and urged supporters to get behind his team for the remainder of the season.

“I have no problem with fans who have their say and voice their opinion. That’s what football is all about and as players and managers we have to deal with that.

“But I have this guy at the moment who is on my case all the time, telling me to buy players and complaining. Whether I’m with my family or on the golf course he’s on my case.

“I don’t know what it is with him his energies would be better spent getting behind the lads as we have a good, honest bunch of players.”

Borough travel to struggling Farnborough on Saturday and Widdrington refered to them as an example of what can go wrong if a club is mis-managed. “Farnborough is a great example of what can happen if you bring too many players in too quickly. We don’t want to fall into that trap. Farnborough have never been the same since matey boy down the road at Whitehawk was there.

“We certainly don’t want to go down that route and I’m sure the fans wouldn’t want that either. The majority of the fans know what we are trying to achieve and see the bigger picture.”