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Chairman Johnston's fury at 'diabolical' Raiders

CHAIRMAN Des Johnston has berated his Barrow Raiders players and coaching staff as overpaid and under-performing after their substandard start to the season.

FUMING: Barrow Raiders chairman Des Johnston

In a scathing assessment of the side’s displays, the Raiders head accused the squad of claiming money under false pretences and taking a holiday as they were knocked out of the Northern Rail Cup.

Johnston met with all parties at Craven Park last night to lay it on the line for them – the holiday is over.

“There are a lot of people giving, giving, giving to this club who don’t get paid,” said a clearly angry chairman.

“But those who are paid and have a responsibility to this club, are coming up short – that’s the coaching staff and the players.

“It’s about time people here started looking at themselves and what they are giving back to this club.

“At this moment in time, I can’t give any more, the directors and the people who volunteer and work long and hard, can’t give any more.

“The people who travel and pay good money to watch this team week-in, week-out, don’t want to be watching a losing team. They want to be watching a team that is winning.

“If we are to lose, then we lose fighting like cats in the gutter. What we don’t do is put in the performances we have turned in so far.

“They have been nothing short of diabolical and the players have all got to answer.

“We met with the coaching staff and the players just to tell them that the holiday is over.

“I hope they’ve enjoyed their holiday, because there is no holiday ahead.

“It’s time to get down to some hard work and what they are paid for. They have had their holiday pay and now they need to go and earn their money and stop letting the fans and me down. They owe it to everyone.”

Barrow’s 16-12 defeat at Dewsbury on Sunday condemned them to an opening stage Northern Rail exit for the first time since 2005.

It followed a home loss against Featherstone and below-par displays in victories over York and Rochdale.

The exit will hit the club’s budget for the season and Johnston – who suggested, any and all players, were in the firing line – added: “We have budgeted for the start of the season how much money we could make from this competition and we are now missing out on some of that.

“That will have a knock-on effect, but I don’t think the players will be running to me saying ‘you can cut my wages in half’, do you?

“I’m not bothered what their names are, where they have played and what they have done.

“They could be Great Britain internationals, have captained Australia, or played in the NRL – they are being paid very well to play here and they are not giving anything back.

“That’s not me, I’m just telling you what the whole town and community think. That’s all I’ve had since we got beat (at Dewsbury).

“We have worked to a standstill to get the club where it is and they are taking money under false pretences with their performances.

“I have every chairman in this league saying: ‘I wish I had that squad’.

“Individually, we have some very talented players. Collectively, they are rubbish.”

Johnston and his fellow directors held a board meeting on Monday night before they spoke with the players yesterday.

One issue he said was being addressed was a lack of discipline in the camp – something coach Garry Schofield had raised himself several times this season. But Johnston said the time for talking was over and the time action had arrived.

He added: “I am seething regarding the attitude at training from everybody on Friday and Saturday last week, regarding the game on Sunday.

“They had one eye on everything else, bar the most important thing, and we came up short big-time.

“I know what they were thinking about and that will stay in the camp, but the discipline in the club is poor.

“It’s all right talking about things – seeing all the headlines about what we are going to do and what we are not going to do.

“People have been offered help down there and if they don’t take any notice then they only have themselves to blame.

“We might have 17 new players in by the start of the season.”

Have your say

When will people stop siding with Des Johnstone, he is the man that has recruited for the club in every department,when is he going to except some responsibility for his selections, after all he does operate a recruitment consultancy.If employees do not come up with the goods in industry they are out, come on,your players are not producing the goods on the park,do something about it, stop whining and sort this diabolical shambles out, its the same problem year on year.

Posted by Trevor Dickinson on 9 March 2011 at 21:43

Des has stumped up with the dough...about time these overpaid players put in some decent performances on the pitch. I wont be setting foot in Craven Park again until the players apply some of Des' never say die attitude....sock it to 'em Des lad!

Posted by Peter Gillespie on 5 March 2011 at 00:14

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