Walsall caretaker boss Martin O’Connor has today told his players that they are letting themselves down.
With just five games to go until the end of the season. O’Connor has called on the players to show what they can do for the remainder with potential new managers watching from the stands. He has also said that if players don’t want to be here next season they need to prove to watchers that they are good enough to earn their next move.
Speaking to Express And Star, O’Connor said
“But when they’ve stepped over that white line they have let themselves down.”
“For me, it’s more a case of what do you believe in? Where is your belief? Are you good players? Do you want a new contract? Do you want to stay here, do you want to go on?”
“Because now there will be an extra 20 people at every game, managers who want this job. Managers who want some of our players.”
“The spotlight is on them. So why play within yourself?”
Also O’Connor has spoken about tweaking a few things on the training ground as he looks to get the Saddlers their first win in five – admitting that small changes needed to happen otherwise you will get the same results doing the same things.
“There have been a few tweaks this week – everything has been looked at,”
“That’s not because there was anything wrong before.”
“I just wanted to change things up and do something different because if you do the same things you normally get the same results.”
It will be interesting to see what formation and team O’Connor selects on Saturday with him hoping that his side will battle and play with pride for Walsall FC.
To the players – Five games to go, one aim – to stay in League 1 – time to give back to the fans that have supported you for the past two years.