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King's Lynn skipper maintains unity as club battle through National League season

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Michael Clunan has revealed how he has maintained a unified King’s Lynn Town squad to ensure the club can get through the season.

The Linnets are managing to maintain their incredible dressing room spirit, even though their squad has been pulled apart due to the financial crisis in the National League.

Lynn’s plight has been well documented as they continue to operate with a squad of just 13 or 14 players for the remainder of the campaign.

Michael Clunan. Picture: TIM SMITH (6625708)
Michael Clunan. Picture: TIM SMITH (6625708)

Midfielder Clunan said: “I’m just the skipper and I have to take care of the lads. I’ve been the point of contact between the powers of be who are running the club and the players.

“My best interests are for the club. We’ve found ourselves in a situation where we’ve got a squad of 13 and a few lads have come in who have done brilliant for us.

“We’re here to concentrate on what happens on the pitch. Fair play to the chairman he’s kept us going and hopefully we can see it out and be a better team for it next year.

“We can only do what we can do, there’s no one to blame as the club has been backed into a corner.

“As skipper, I have to kind of pass on any messages to the lads. It’s difficult and I probably do get the brunt of it, but that’s my role and I’m willing to do it.

“I’m here to look after the club, look after the players and do what we can do in a difficult situation. It’s tough either side, but it’s no one’s fault.

“You’ve just got to the best you can and that’s what everyone is trying to do. The chairman is doing the best he can.

“Whatever lads get selected in there, whoever is on furlough, we are all one team and when you pull together you can see what happens, you can get good results.”

Clunan praised the togetherness of the squad, which has remained intact despite the club finding themselves in a completely difficult circumstances to the one that secured back-to-back promotions to get them into the top flight.

“That togetherness has carried us through the last couple of year and that’s no different now,” he said.

“Just because five, six or seven lads have come out of that dressing room it hasn’t changed anything.

“Everyone buys into what we are doing and the core group who drive the team on is still there.

“It’s nice, especially home games when you get the likes of Rory (McAuley) and Ryan (Jarvis) in the dressing room in and around the lads to keep that togetherness there.”

The Linnets continued their habit of saving their best for the National League big boys by holding second-placed Hartlepool to a point on Tuesday night.

They’ve also pushed Notts County all the way twice and tomorrow they travel to a promotion-chasing Torquay outfit who they held to a goalless draw - in front of fans - back in December.

Clunan, who believes that there is little to choose between all the teams in the league, said: “The teams towards the top end of the table come at you. You get more space in the middle of the pitch and the way we play that suits us.”

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