Bloaters boss: I won’t quit

Manager Mike Derbyshire reassured Yarmouth Town supporters that he is not out of his depth and he won’t be walking away from the job.

It follows Great Yarmouth’s heaviest defeat of the season, 8-2 at home to FC Clacton, writes REBECCA ABBOTT.

“It’s possibly the worst defensive display I’ve seen at Ridgeons level,” said Derbyshire. “In the second half we are still doing things I find inexplicable at the back, yet the boys are trying to do what I’ve asked of them going forward. But we look as if we’ll concede a goal every time they go forward.”

The result does nothing to help dampen questions over Derbyshire’s managerial qualities. Instead, he admitted it “gives fuel to the fire for anyone who wants to say ‘he’s out of his depth’ or ‘he doesn’t know what he’s doing’. I won’t walk away from the job; someone’s going to have to fire me. I don’t think I am out of my depth at all.”

“This is the lowest possible point I could get to, in that sense, the only way is up. It’s a question of whether I can climb up and whether I can take the boys with me.”

Derbyshire was dealt another blow this week after it was revealed captain Adey Ager had played his last game for the club on Saturday, leaving to join Tuesday’s opponents Norwich United, who he had previously represented for seven years.

“When you’re in the position we are in, other clubs will want to come and take players and I understand that. It’s very hard to fight to hold on to them.” Derbyshire said. “What we’ve got to do is try and find a way to bring in the players that will do the job for us. That’s the hardest thing in the world. I believe I will be standing here in a month’s time and things would have changed. Maybe I won’t but that’s my view.”

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It was another disastrous week for the Bloaters as they crashed to back-to-back home defeats against FC Clacton and Norwich United. Trailing 4-0 at half-time to FC Clacton, Yarmouth were always on the back foot and eventually lost 8-2. On Tuesday, the Planters put five past the Bloaters without reply and to compound matters Yarmouth lost their goalkeeper Jamie Greygoose to injury in the second half.

Tomorrow the Bloaters are at home again when they entertain Hadleigh United, who are just five places above them in the table (kick-off 3). In their first league match of the season Yarmouth lost to their visitors 2-1, in a game they deserved at least a point from.