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Bayliss: We are not good enough

MANAGER Dave Bayliss says his team aren’t good enough and new players are needed – but insists he will not throw the towel in on Barrow AFC’s troublesome season.

The Bluebirds, who sit bottom of the Blue Square Bet Premier table, were knocked out of the FA Cup on Saturday following a 4-1 second round replay defeat at Macclesfield Town.

Bayliss has turned his attentions immediately to survival and believes the key to that is signing three or four new players in the January transfer window.

He has warned that Barrow will get relegated if significant changes are not made to the squad, and says he will listen to offers from other clubs for any of the current players, increasing the prospect of a New Year clear-out.

“I’m far from throwing the towel in,” said the Bluebirds boss, whose side are back in league action tomorrow, weather permitting, at Gateshead, who they lost to 2-0 at Holker Street on Boxing Day (kick-off 3pm).

“I’ll come out fighting, and I expect the players who are lucky enough to be selected in the next game to come out fighting as well. The problem is that we’re not good enough, pure and simple.

“There’s no point saying we are unlucky because we’re not. We’re not good enough.

“Game after game you give lads opportunities. I wouldn’t say they let you down on purpose, it’s just that some of them are not good enough as footballers at this level and they struggle. The sooner we can change that the better.

“We have been very busy this past week trying to get three or four players in to strengthen us come January. When we do that we won’t be a million miles away from what we need.

“I want a right-back, a centre-half, a centre-forward and possibly another midfielder.

“We’re creating chances in games but we don’t bully opposition players at either end of the pitch. We lack any physical threat and are weak down the spine of the team.

“If I can bring in any other new players on top of that I will, but any players I do get in, have to be men. There’s no point getting young loan lads, who struggle to do it week-in, week-out at this level.

“The squad needs to be more competitive and better than it is now, and I need the club to back me on this one.

“We need new players. If not, we will get relegated with this group of players.

“As much as I like them, as much as I think the world of them, the group we have is just not good enough.

“I’m far from a defeatist, but what I’m saying is that if we stay with the same group of players then we will go down.

“I’m not, however, willing to let that happen. I’m not going to let five years of hard work getting promotion and staying in this division go down the pan.

“We are six points adrift of safety with games in hand on most teams above us and we can claw that back.

“The players we want to bring in will not come cheap but are they are lads that will make a big difference.

“At the moment we’re not good enough in both boxes, that’s there for all to see. In the middle of pitch, we will pass it as well as anyone, but the end product and defensively we are both struggling with.

“With the lads I’m confident of getting in I’m confident we can get out of the position we are in.”

Barrow – missing Richie Baker (bruised foot) and with skipper Mike Pearson playing through the pain of a knee injury – went 2-0 down inside the first 16 minutes at Moss Rose, before Adam Boyes pulled one back.

Macclesfield then scored twice in the space of three second-half minutes to pocket £27,000 in prize money and earn a third round home tie against Championship leaders Cardiff City.

Asked if he expected any rival clubs to try and sign his players in January, Bayliss said: “As far as I’m concerned, they can go. I put the lot of them on the list the other day.

“We’re open to any enquiries for any of our players. We have three lads (Louis Almond, Joe Jackson and Tom Anderson) going back from loan anyway to their respective clubs.

“I’m confident in the majority of the players that we have got and what I can get in. We just need those new faces to freshen it up.

“There’s a lot of things behind the scenes that are not great and when you are not getting results on the pitch that puts a downer on everyone.”

Quizzed as to what he meant by apparent troubles behind the scenes, he added: “The board of directors and chairman are fantastic, but we’re a small club and don’t get great gates so every now and then you’re going to struggle to pay on time, but that’s how it has always been.

“We’ve got on with it, dug in and stuck together.

“I’m very lucky to have that board because if we were putting more money into this club I’d be sacked.

“But it’s because we’re not throwing around thousands of pounds per week that I still have a job.

“It’s a results business and I haven’t been getting results. But if they can back me, put their hands in pockets and get in a few better players, then we will all start getting results. If we don’t, it’s my head on the block.”

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