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King’s Lynn boss remains unperturbed over current financial situation at the Walks following Boston United defeat in National League North

King's Lynn Town boss Adam Lakeland has again played down the background noise amid ongoing financial issues at The Walks.

Linnets fans continue to fear the worst as owner Stephen Cleeve seeks further investment to keep the club afloat for the remainder of the current season.

The future - and whether the club will be able to complete the current campaign - is still unclear but Lynn's boss remains unperturbed at matters off the field.

King's Lynn Town boss Adam Lakeland after the 2-0 defeat at Boston United on New Year's Day. Picture: Tim Smith
King's Lynn Town boss Adam Lakeland after the 2-0 defeat at Boston United on New Year's Day. Picture: Tim Smith

Lakeland said: "In terms of what's going on off the pitch, you'll have to ask the chairman but I don't believe the situation is as bleak as maybe it's been put out there to be.

"Maybe things could have been put out differently or maybe it would have been better to just keep a lid on things.

"I'm a massive believer in keeping things behind closed doors and for me things should stay as they do in the changing room. They should stay in inside the club until they need to come out.

"I remember my first job at Northwich Victoria and we had a lot of issues there, financial difficulties, players not getting paid for the last six weeks this season and I managed to get them to the play-off final.

"I was at Farsley Celtic after winning the league with them and the chairman changed things because of financial difficulties off the pitch, people not being paid and things not happening.

"We're not in that situation, we're a long, long way from that situation and it doesn't phase me because I've seen it at two of my previous clubs and I've still managed to have success with them in difficult times.

"You know, it takes a lot for me to get flustered."

Linnets fans responded voiced their dissatisfaction with club owner Stephen Cleeve - and part of Lynn's playing performance - towards the end of the 2-0 defeat.

"The supporters have got every right to vent their frustrations to both me and obviously the chairman, which is absolutely fine. That's part and parcel of being the chairman or the manager of any football club.

"When things aren't right they've got to vent that frustration at someone, and generally it's the chairman and the manager that get it and that's absolutely fine.

"But we really appreciate the support they've given us because as I said earlier to have over 300 fans here given what's going on we're all really appreciative and hope they come out in the numbers for the Darlington game."

After the disappointing defeat in Lincolnshire, Lynn's boss also revealed that he just failed to get a deal for striker Connor Hall over the line.

Lynn had agreed a deal to sign Hall on loan from Solihull Moors, but internal matters saw fellow National League North outfit Brackley Town swoop for the frontman under Lynn's noses.

To make matters worse, Hall scored a debut hat-trick as Brackley beat Banbury 3-1 on New Year’s Day.

“I've worked really hard over the Christmas period to try and bring in a striker and we had it agreed, verbally agreed with the striker for him to join us,” explained Lakeland.

“He scored a lot of goals at this level last season and he's an established player.

"It was at the point where he's got his bag packed ready to come down and move into the house and just at the 11th hour it just got whipped from under our feet by somebody at the club and he's gone to another club in our league.

“I looked at my phone today and he scored a hat-trick within an hour. You can connect the dots and figure out who that is, but that was a blow.

“I’m not standing here saying that as sour grapes, but I think it's important that the supporters know.

"I could sign players left, right, and centre, but what's important is we sign players who are going to come in and make the 11 better, not just give us bodies for the sake of bodies.

“We're trying to get players in who've got a bit of pedigree and who are proven.

"He certainly would have been a fantastic addition for us and I think we would have certainly climbed the table had we managed to get him over the line, but as I say it just got whipped away 11th hour and it's frustrating when you put so many hours and time into trying to get things like that done and for them to be taken away, it's incredibly frustrating."

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