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Bury boss tells fans to face financial facts
9:07am Tuesday 19th March 2013 in Sport
BURY manager Kevin Blackwell has launched a passionate defence of his own position and called for more common sense from the fans ahead of tonight’s home clash with Stevenage.
Chants of “Blackwell out” reverberated around Gigg Lane at the final whistle on Saturday, after 10-man Colchester United hung on to condemn the Shakers to their sixth defeat in seven matches.
The 2-1 victory helped Colchester, who are two places above the League One drop zone, move 13 points clear of rock-bottom Bury and left the Shakers eight points from safety with nine matches remaining.
Blackwell, pictured, concedes supporters have every reason to be frustrated, but with the club in dire straits financially and struggling under a transfer embargo, he has refused to shoulder all of the blame.
“If I see a window cleaner come here with a short ladder, I realise he can’t do the top windows,” said the Bury boss. “It’s common sense and I just think that common sense is lacking here.
“Do the fans think that I’m loaded with money? We’re in an embargo, so clearly we haven’t got any money.
“Do you think I’m happy? Of course I’m not happy.
“Do you think I want to have to deal with what I have to deal with? Of course I don’t.
“Who wants to go to work and know they can’t do the job they want to do?
“But someone has to do it and I’m giving it a good go. Things are out of my hands and I agree with some of the frustrations of the fans.
“But do you think I’m not frustrated?
“Is it my fault that they are in an embargo? No.
“Is it my fault that they had no money when I came here? No.
“For goodness sake, grow up, smell the coffee and let’s have a look at the facts.”
While Bury still have a chance of escaping, Blackwell maintains he will not give up the fight.
But, after Saturday’s defeat, he admits the odds are now stacked against his team, who tonight face a Stevenage side buoyed by a 4-0 win over Sheffield United.
“The club needs to be able to get on its front foot again in order for us to make decisions that matter for the football club,” said Blackwell.
“All I’m doing is reacting to what’s going on around me and I don’t like it.”