Danny Johnson, manager of Evo-Stik Northern Premier League Premier Division club Nantwich Town, has blamed a lack of….
…..interest from some of his players for the club’s end-of-season decline.
Johnson’s men won just one of their last ten NPL Premier Division fixtures, leaving the manager to criticise the attitude of some of his players.
Johnson, in his first season in charge since joining from Ashton United last summer said he was disappointed with the way the team ended the season
He had been looking for a top-ten finish, but a win at home to Frickley Athletic on March 25th was followed by five defeats and four draws as the Dabbers slowly slipped down the table to nineteenth.
“Next season I want a team, not individuals, but a group of players who are here for the right reason and want to pull in the same direction,” Johnson told The Sentinel.
“Winning trophies and being successful isn’t about individuals, it’s about striking the right balance both on and off the pitch. It’s about attitude, mentality and players wanting to work hard together, developing a cohesion and togetherness.”
“The last ten or twelve games of the season were a massive disappointment for me, as some players appeared disinterested and were quite happy for the season to pass them by.
“In my opinion, players have a responsibility to the supporters who pay good money to watch the team home and away and those supporters were let down.”
Johnson added: “It is my job to make sure that doesn’t happen again.”
However, he did reserve some praise for his leading scorer Aaron Burns who has turned down the offer of a new contract.
Burns netted 27 goals last season and will be followed out of the Weaver Stadium by fellow striker Ben Deegan and defender Alex Frost.
Johnson said: “Aaron scored plenty of goals during the last four years for me. His record is excellent and I am sure he will have plenty of offers.
“I still believe Aaron has much more to give and perhaps a fresh challenge is what he needs.”