Blue Square Bet
Published 30th April 2012
“Every credit to the players and although some people might not think so, we’ve had a fantastic season,” Sinton told Pitchero. “Lots of people stayed behind to shake my hand after the Grimsby Town game and the vast majority of supporters know how well we’ve done.
“We possibly haven’t had the praise we should have had this season but people are gradually getting the message. It’s a sign of how far we’ve come that we draw against the likes of Grimsby and come off the pitch disappointed not to win the game, but we’ve earned the right to be here next year and to play the likes of Grimsby again.”
Sinton also admitted that he has not been short of messages of congratulation from within the football world since the Bucks secured their status with the 1-0 win over Tamworth last week.
“Dave Hockaday - Forest Green Rovers manager - sent me a great text saying I’ve done a good job and Micky Mellon - Fleetwood Town manager – who has just won the league, sent a text saying well done to the whole club. I’ve had so many well-wishers and people within the game know what an achievement it’s been to keep the club in this league.”
However, Sinton admits that the club needs to “move forward and be better” next season and confirmed that he has some tough and potentially surprising decisions to make over the coming weeks.
“I’ve got some decisions to make about personnel which won’t be nice, but I’ve got to do it because we’ve got to improve.
“It’s the nature of my job. There may be people who have done well for the club who leave, and they may be others who leave the club themselves. In the next couple of weeks my job gets harder because I’ve got some unpopular things to do. Everyone’s got to step up a notch.”
The Bucks will still be competing against clubs with bigger budgets and larger infrastructures next season and Sinton accepts that will continue to pose a challenge.
“I’ll have meetings with the club to plan a step up next year but I’m not talking about the top five; I’m talking about steady improvement. That’s not being negative, that’s being realistic. I’ll ear-mark players I think would improve us but if I’m interested there’ll be six of seven other clubs interested. We’ll come down the pecking order in terms of finances, but we don’t have to be ashamed by that.”
The former England international was also adamant that the club will not over-stretch itself but will continue to live within its means.
“Lee Carter and the Board have backed me 100% when they can and if they can’t there’s a very good reason. I`m not the sort of person who throws my dummy out of the pram. I’m realistic and I know what we’re working with, but it will take time. We look in a different market to the likes of Grimsby. I made an enquiry for one of their players on loan a while ago and I was staggered by what I was quoted, but he’s not even in their sixteen. He’s sitting in the stand and earning far more than any of my players.”
Lastly, Sinton has reiterated his affection for the club despite an emotional and testing campaign.
“This a great club with good people and really good values. The fans have been absolutely amazing since I came to the club and I love managing here. The club’s in good hands.”