Blue Square Bet
Published 26th April 2012
......been ‘upset’ with criticism from some of the Blue Square Bet South club’s fans.
Laird pleaded with fans to be patient as he tries to build a team capable of winning promotion to the Conference Premier.
He said criticism by some fans of him and the team following their downturn in form earlier this year had left him ‘really disappointed’ but added that he was confident he was the right man to turn the Seagulls from relegation candidates to promotion contenders.
Although Weston currently sit in thirteenth place in the table after last Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Staines Town, they looked to be in contention for a play-off spot until January, when their form nosedived.
Since January some fans have criticised the team, while others have argued that striker Sahr Kabba should start more matches.
Laird said: “We have stabilised the club with the smallest budget in the league and one of the smallest squads.
“People were talking about us as favourites for relegation at the beginning of the season but we have comfortably stayed out of trouble and will be in this division again next season to compete.
“Some of this criticism has upset me. People need to realise that my hands are tied in terms of the money we can spend – if we were the team with the biggest budget and we were expected to win the league and we weren’t then criticism would be fair enough. “But we’ve got to take baby steps and show year-on-year improvement – which we have.
“What some of the supporters have said has left me really disappointed as I don’t know exactly what they want.
“I’ll think about my future at the end of the season. But I really want to keep up our good work and achieve something with Weston.”