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Devastated Belford Wants to Rebuild

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Tamworth manager Dale Belford says he is devastated by the club’s relegation from the Skrill Premier.

The Lambs’ relegation was confirmed on Saturday as they slipped to a 2-0 defeat at Southport.

And Belford told the Tamworth Herald: “Of course, it’s not a situation that we wanted to be in. Relegation is not something I have experienced and it’s not a nice feeling.

“We are all devastated, as staff, players and fans by what has happened.

“Ultimately, it’s a results-orientated business and we have not delivered enough wins.

“Collectively, we can look at a lot of things but, of course, ultimately, as manager, I take responsibility for results.

“One thing I do feel is that the lads that have played for me over the last couple of months, shouldn’t carry the can for this.

“Over the course of the season, we have not been good enough. But, in the last couple of months, we have found ourselves in a situation where we have had to play a young set of lads and they have been great for me.

“They have gone about their jobs with a great work ethic, honesty and integrity. It’s been a difficult time but they have never chucked in the towel.

“They have given me everything and it’s sad for them that they have got some rewards for their hard work.”

When asked about his future, Belford admitted he wants the chance to rebuild the club and take Tamworth forward again.

“I love this club and want the chance to stay and turn things around,” he said. “A lot has to be looked at and there’s a massive rebuilding job ahead.

“It can take time. When the club went down under Gary Mills, stability was the key.

“He was given time and, despite that first season in the Conference North being hard, he rebuilt and got the team up the year after.

“A lot of hard work is going to be needed at Tamworth and that needs to start as soon as possible. Hopefully, I will have the chance to be involved in that process.”

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