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Hammers boss Browne insists: I won't quit
DEFIANT Simon Browne insists he has no plans to quit as boss of Hamworthy United despite presiding over the worst run of his managerial career.
Browne, who has just marked his fourth anniversary in the County Ground hot-seat, has seen Hammers suffer no fewer than nine league and cup defeats on the trot.
The dispiriting sequence followed an encouraging start to the season when Browne oversaw seven wins in their first 10 games, including FA Cup triumphs against Melksham and Wimborne.
Hammers, who have slipped to 17th in Wessex Premier, will be hoping to turn the tide when they host ninth-placed Whitchurch United at Blandford Close tomorrow (7.45pm).
Browne told the Daily Echo: “I am not in the business of quitting just because we have had a bad run of results. It has happened to us before and it will happen to better managers than me.
"We have just got to get through it. The Whitchurch game gives us another opportunity to end the run and get some points on the board.
“Everything that could have gone wrong has gone wrong recently and I am trying to keep everybody focused. We need to keep believing and keep the faith that we will turn it round because we haven’t turned into a bad side with bad players.
“Things have gone against us and some of the lads have lost a bit of confidence. It is my job to keep their chins up and keep encouraging them. The players just need to remember what gave them success earlier in the season and be confident it will return.”
Hammers’ plight has not been helped by striker Lee Chudy – Browne’s assistant – missing penalties at crucial stages in their past two games against Downton and Moneyfields.
Browne joked: “I have had a tongue-in-cheek chat with him to ask if he is trying to get me kicked out of a job. He is not assisting me a great deal at the moment and, if I do get the bullet, I shall be pointing the finger at him!”
Hammers: (from) Tong, Saunders, Tayler, Biles, Legg, Claremont, Sturgess, Ford, Penny, Lanahan, Chudy, Corby, Brown, Horlock.
- Also tomorrow, Verwood host Brockenhurst in Wessex Premier, while Christchurch entertain Hythe & Dibden in the first round of the Russell-Cotes Cup with the winners earning a trip to New Milton Town. Priory include Jake Landers, Liam Jacobs, Jack Homan and Alex Salazar but Mark Smith is suspended. Mark Jamison returns but James Burden and Connor Doe are injured.
Potters: (from) Fawcett, Evans, Murray, Oldring, Kelly, Dyer, Gajic, Webb, Lovell, Joy, N Saxby, Kimber, Joyce, Snow, Lynch, D Saxby.
Priory: (from) Frampton, Cullen, Steer, Baker, Blackburn, Cole, Foster, Saul, Hiscock, Fairbrother, Jamison, Landers, Jacobs, Homan, Salazar, Sidley-Adams.
- Wimborne boss Steve Cuss is set to name his strongest available squad when they start their Dorset Senior Cup campaign against Dorset Premier League Wareham Rangers at Cuthbury tomorrow.
Cuss told the Magpies website: “We have been finalists for the past two seasons and the competition gave us a real boost. Also, it is the only cup we are still involved in this term.”
Although the clash is officially Rangers’ home tie, they agreed to switch it to Cuthbury.
Magpies: (from) Harvell, Costello, Maybury, Wilson, Brian, Blake, Sainsbury, Davidson, Hubbard, Stokoe, Kemble, Gamble, Griffin, Arnold, Roast, Ackerman.