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Thursday, 27 November 2014

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Barrow AFC manager Dave Bayliss vows he’s going nowhere

BARROW AFC manager Dave Bayliss says he is staying put, despite calls from some supporters for him to resign.

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Barrow AFC manager Dave Bayliss

The Bluebirds sit bottom of the Blue Square Bet Premier table with the season now at its halfway stage.

Bayliss, whose side won a first league game in nine with a 1-0 victory at Gateshead on Tuesday, has been in the Holker Street hot-seat for more than five years and is contracted until the end of this season.

He said: “Whatever happens between now and the end of the season, I’m going nowhere because it’s a club I’m very fond of and I don’t see why I should. Realistically, people should look at who we are and what we have achieved in the last five years, plus the budget that we actually have and the difficult task of enticing players to Barrow itself.

“I still believe I am the best man for the job, regardless of where we end up at the end of the season.

“I don’t think any outsider could come into this club and give them as much commitment as I can give, as much loyalty. I know the club inside out and no matter what happens I am still definitely the best man for this job.”

Alongside former joint-manager Darren Sheridan, 36-year-old Bayliss guided Barrow to promotion in 2007/08 and then an FA Trophy triumph at Wembley in 2009/10. That same season the Bluebirds played at Sunderland in the third round of the FA Cup, 12 months after visiting Middlesbrough at the same stage of the competition.

Barrow have regularly flirted with relegation in their five seasons since promotion from Blue Square Bet North but this term’s return of just 23 points from 23 games played – including just one home league win – is a record that has disappointed fans and the management team alike.

At Gateshead on New Year’s Day, Bayliss was noticeably quieter on the sidelines during the game, often remaining seated in the dugout.

Similarly, assistant manager Ashley Hoskin did not take the pre-match warm-up as usual, with experienced player Gavin Skelton taking on the role instead.

Bayliss said: “It has got me down recently and, I’ll be honest, I’m close to getting myself really ill because I get so worked up on the touchline.

“It was one of them, I just wanted to take a little bit of a back seat and maybe if I wasn’t as animated on the side maybe the players would relax a bit more, I don’t know.

“To be fair though, in the five years I’ve been here I’ve always been animated and it’s done us no harm.

“Its a very stressful and emotional job and I give my all, just as the players did at Gateshead, hence why we got the result.”

He added: “We spoke to Gav before the match and felt it would be good just to change things around because at times the players probably get a bit bored of listening to my voice and that of Ash. It was a case of trying something different.

“I’m not saying we won because of the warm-up, it’s just one of those things, it’s a good coincidence. Gav will, however, take the next warm-up because we are very superstitious people like that.

“The players deserve the full credit for the win at Gateshead, not me or Ash. They went on the pitch, took responsibility, played with desire and put the effort in.”

* The Bluebird Development Fund 2013 calendar is on sale at the Holker Street club shop, priced £3.

Supporters can also order a calendar by contacting Russ Rawley on 07921 923785 or at russrawley@gmail.com

Have your say

I agree with Dave he has done a good job over last few years. Unfortunately money is big factor in football and to be honest barrow will never have enough money to challenge in conference. We cannot attract the better players so we make do of what we got. The last few seasons we have some hidden gems which have allowed us to punch above our weight. Football is the best sport in my opinion in the world but it has been corrupted by greedy businessmen and greedy footballers who have no passion for the game all they want is the fat pay cheque.

Posted by Peter Pan on 4 January 2013 at 12:39

I support Bayles and commend his efforts. He is workng with limited resources and pulling in loan players to make up the squad because there doesn't appear to be money available. Having listened to his last interview with Radio Cumbria it sounds like the Board are avoiding him and his request for money to finance bringing in new players. We don't have many goalscorers as it is, how long before Boyes leaves?

Posted by Alan on 4 January 2013 at 12:18

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