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Our destiny is in our hands

Reporter: MATTHEW CHAMBERS
Date online: 21 March 2014

ATHLETIC manager Lee Johnson has a simple solution to Simon Corney’s renewed threat to resign if the club is relegated — don’t get relegated.

Crawley Town come to Boundary Park tomorrow after a tough week for Athletic.

“It is simple — don’t go down,” said Johnson when asked for a response to the chairman’s stated intention to relinquish control if the team drops.

“I like Simon and I want him here. He is very emotional about it, as we all are, and he probably feels that way. At the moment it’s like we are 10 points adrift. We aren’t 10 points adrift. We still have the upper hand at the moment and it is in our hands.

“Are we all going to wallow in it, or are we going to stand up and be counted as a force?

“Do I like the feeling that people aren’t happy? Of course not, because I care.

“All I can do at the moment, really, is knuckle down and control what we can. That is tactically and technically getting the right players out there. When it comes to events on the pitch, it is then down to the players’ decision-making.”

Johnson refuses to believe the Crawley game is of any greater significance than the clashes that follow it.

“They are all important,” he said. “The only extra bit is that obviously, we are at home and the last two performances at Boundary Park haven’t been the best. The lads are keen to change that.”

Korey Smith and John Paul Kissock join Genseric Kusunga on the injured list for tomorrow

Comments

you want him to stay because you want to keep your job. I am sorry if we don't get 3 points on Saturday, I request that you resign , and not Simon Corney. I will back my team for 90 mins and now do us one thing get them 3 points will yh.

I hope Simon Corney does resign because this Club needs to be put out of its misery. Treading water as we have has been emotional for everyone associated with the club. tight funds is all we hear about and running a club is expensive. Yes the Amigo's did save the club from collapse....but did they. who's to say some one more committed wouldn't of bought the club. the Owners have been half hearted with bad decisions from the get go. I.E Brian Talbot as the first manager.. sell up Simon.

its not looking good,i believe we started the season with high expectations.yet the team is far worse than the team we kicked off the season with.rooney just won player of the month.was it faulty bullets or a faulty gun ,when he was here i think maybe the later

even though you have to thank sc for saving the club,what has he achieved.well hes given away on the cheap,many talented players,given us a 3 stand ground,put all prices up from pies to the carpark and through the ticket prices,upset many many fans.and given us a succession of free transfers and kids as players,time to go .im afraid so

Mmmm we have had umpteen different players in the squad this season, and what have we achieved? NOTHING.
Its just not good enough, don,t know what the answer is but it's annoying to see our ex players scoring week in week out,read the results this weekend and I will guarantee one of our ex players will have scored somewhere.

If Simon Corney is threatening to resign if Latics are relegated, the he might as well go now - and NOT because of the relegation issue !

If Latics were top of the Premier Division then Corney would be taking all the glory, yet it seems he doesn't want to also take the brickbats for being in charge of an unsuccessful side - so he obviously has not proper commitment to the club and might as well get out now.

Mr.Corney, if YOU want YOUR team not to go down then it's about time YOU did something.

Simon Corney . has made a threat to resign if Oldham are relegated. If they are relegated my husband and me are also making one not to renew our season tickets.For the past few years we have sat watching matches and thinking to ourselves what we could be doing instead of watching poor football.

Unlike Corney I won't give up if we are relegated, comments like this are unnecessary. Who knows we might be better challenging at top of L2 rather than bottom of L1.

These negative comments about SC are beyond belief. One can justifiably complain about the appointments of Talbot and Penney, whom most who have followed the club for a long time knew were wrong from Day 1,or bemoan the impulsive and premature sacking of Sheridan, but in the final analysis, blame the blinkered fool who chaired that planning committee that fateful night in 2007 when the development plans were rejected. Who else with serious money would have stuck by the club after that debacle?

Corney resigning is a threat or a promise? Ten years and where has the club gone? Backwards. How does a businessman like him know who is a good football manager and who is a good football player? He doesn't. What does he know about accommodating or attracting football fans? Nothing. He tried, in his capitalistic way, but it predictably didn't work.

"Corney resigning is a threat or a promise? Ten years and where has the club gone? Backwards. How does a businessman like him know who is a good football manager and who is a good football player? He doesn't. What does he know about accommodating or attracting football fans? Nothing. He tried, in his capitalistic way, but it predictably didn't work." Wow! You finally agree with me and highlight an anti-capitalistic viewpoint. But...

How is remaining in L1 going backwards? Stockport, Portsmouth, Luton, Scunthorpe, (amongst many others) have literally gone backwards in that time. We were in administration when Corney arrived. Where were you as the helicopter winched us off the sinking ship? Backwards from that is extinct. Academics and activists talk a good game but there is very little end product in them. Maybe you are going to wheel out your ‘fan ownership’ again? You didn’t do anything about it then, did you? Typical!

 

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