Setchell to shake things up after King’s Lynn Town season closer

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King’s Lynn Town head into the final game of a hugely-disappointing campaign tomorrow with manager Gary Setchell promising a major summer shake-up.

The Linnets host Whitby Town at The Walks and Setchell is under no illusions about the task in hand over the next few months.

Setchell said: “The first 12 to 15 games for us next season are going to be huge as we are in a situation where I’ve put myself under pressure.

“There has got to be changes. It’s harsh in football and if I don’t change people and we lose the first six games next season then Buster (Chapman) will change me.

“I’m a realist and I’ve been in the game long enough to know how it works.

“If I hadn’t been here five years, had two promotions and come in this season with this kind of form, I’d probably be gone by now.”

After the recent defeat at Matlock Town, Setchell said: “It’s time for honesty now and since Christmas we haven’t been good enough.

“I’ve got to take some responsibility and every single player in the dressing room, apart from perhaps Conor Marshall and Lee Stevenson, have got to do the same.

“If you take out George (Thomson), Alex (Street) and Ross (Watson) not too many of my players have had good seasons.

“It is very obvious to all that we have problems on and off the pitch and these have to be addressed.

“I am bitterly disappointed in the way our form has dipped away since Christmas and something has to be done about it.

“I have identified areas which have to be improved and strengthened and the hard work on those things will begin after the Whitby game.”

Defensive problems away from home have seen the Linnets record the division’s most goals conceded, while on home soil only Stamford have scored fewer goals.

Setchell, who was due to meet up with chairman Buster Chapman this week, said: “You do not have to be clever to see that we seem unable to defend and do not take anywhere near enough of our chances.

“In my previous seasons with the club we have, year-on-year, improved with promotions and cup runs.

“This is the first time we have taken a backward step and it hurts, it hurts badly.

“It will not be a case of just bringing in one or two new faces for next season, I don’t think that will be anywhere near enough to improve it, I have to get things right.”

Lynn won 3-0 when Whitby visited the Walks last season with goals from Dan Jacob, Andy Hall and Dan Quigley.

Tomorrow evening sees the presentation evening in the Linnets Lounge which will start at 6.15pm with a quiz, followed by the player of the year awards, hog roast and disco.

Evo-Stik Northern Premier League

Bottom seven

King’s Lynn 45 14 10 21 52

Frickley 45 12 13 20 49

Witton Alb 45 14 7 24 49

Stamford 45 12 11 22 47

Marine 45 10 16 19 46

Trafford 44 5 15 24 30

Belper Town 45 5 14 26 29