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"We're in the fight of our lives"

11 March 2014

Mike Jackson urges everyone to pull together and look forward

Manager Mike Jackson has called on everyone connected with Shrewsbury Town to pull together and play a part in giving the club the best possible chance of staying in League One.

The manager called for unity when he shared his thoughts before tonight's home match against Crawley. 

He knows the supporters are frustrated but has urged the fans to give the team lots of  encouragement.   

Jacko took over just before the deadline for permanent transfers which meant he's had to deal in the loan market.  

He said: "The facts are there were two days to the deadline left with not a squad so you've got to get in as many people as you can. We've got to realise we're near the bottom of the league and there's only certain players you're going to get.

"The players that have come in are trying and we're trying to work them. They're trying to do their best and they need encouragement first and foremost.

"Anyone can be negative, it's easy, but what we need now is positivity and solutions.

"The time for the post mortem, if you want to put it like that, is at the end of the season. We know in hindsight we've made mistakes but now is not the time to do that.

"I'll speak to anybody one to one. If they want to speak to me and ask me questions off the record about stuff, fine, I've not got a problem with that.

"But I think there has to be a realisation of where we're actually at and what we're trying to do. 

"We're in the fight of our lives and what's needed is everybody to be with us. I think the majority are.  

"It's a good club, it's not going bust, it's not in liquidation, it's just made a couple of mistakes and they can be put right, but it takes a little bit of time.

"It's got a good fan base and I know they're disappointed, I know they're frustrated, but what we ask is that they just stick with it.

"You lose, draw, win, draw and lose and then the whole world's ended.

"The criticism, I can take that, give it to me. The players, the chairman and the board, they don't need it. I can take that.

"I pick the team, I pick the players, I train with the players and I know the players better than anyone else."    

The manager also spoke about chairman Roland Wycherley, his way of working and the support that he gives his managers.

He said: "I think the chairman's been here nearly 20 years now. He took the club from an old ground to a new ground, play-offs, promotion.

"He doesn't pick the team, he doesn't buy the players, he doesn't train the players.

"He's backed, as far as I know, every manager that he's had and he's done that to me."  

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