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VIDEO: Paul Buckle ahead of Morecambe at home

15 January 2015

Paul Buckle has called for patience ahead of Cheltenham Town’s home match against Morecambe on Friday night.

With the playing budget already spent earlier in the season, the manager has been frustrated in his attempts to reinforce the squad during the transfer window.

He has brought in a trio of youngsters from Liverpool: Lloyd Jones, Kevin Stewart and Jack Dunn, but there are unlikely to be further signings unless more players follow Jason Taylor, Raffaele De Vita and Adam Powell out of the club.

“The personnel here hasn’t changed much apart from the Liverpool lads, who have been great for us in the two games they’ve played so far,” Buckle said.

“We don’t have the finances at the club to make more signings at the moment, but the chairman told me the budget had been spent so I knew it was going to be a difficult job.

“Of course I want to bring in my own players and put my stamp on it, but it’s very hard to do that at the moment so it’s a case of trying to get the best out of the group I have inherited.

“I’ve been brought in to take club forward, but it will be a bumpy ride and I’d ask everyone to get behind us and show patience.”

Cheltenham have picked up one victory and three draws in seven League Two games under Buckle’s management so far.

He is confident performance levels have improved, with the worrying flow of goals conceded having dried up.

“I think we’ve made progress, but it’s a big lift after 18 months of being in the lower reaches of the table,” he said.

“I am doing my best to create a winning mentality here, but the club has been in a rut for a while.

“We’ve seen minimal reward in terms of points on the board, but we are not being bowled over or brushed aside now and that’s what we have to build on.”

After last week’s 2-0 defeat at Hartlepool, Buckle admitted he is considering changes to his starting XI, with Zack Kotwica and Harry Williams both pushing for places.

“All the players have a golden opportunity for a future at Cheltenham,” he said.

“Strikers need to be scoring and defenders keeping clean sheets, but everyone has an opportunity to show me what they can do and I want to see them dragging us up the table.

“They have to realise the result and performance was not good enough at Hartlepool.

“Places are up for grabs and the players I am going to be calling on are likely to be young boys, but they'll have my support and backing.”


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