Walsall players have started taking to Social Media and newspapers to express their pain and hurt over the club’s relegation to League 2 for the first time in thirteen years.
Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Shrewsbury relegated the Saddlers along with Scunthorpe, Bradford and Plymouth Argyle.
Even had the Saddlers won the game they would have been relegated with results going against us.
Defender Nicky Devlin took to Twitter, Cameron Norman took to Instagram and George Dobson spoke to the Express and Star.
Devlin’s tweet acknowledged that the players just haven’t been good enough and praised the support of the fans for the season.
Gutted how the season ended on Saturday, but over the season we’ve not been good enough. Thanks for your support throughout the year ????????@WFCOfficial
— Nicky Devlin (@NickyDevlin6) May 6, 2019
Cameron Norman said he was gutted but said we all must bounce back together stronger next season.
Captain George Dobson spoke of his pain of being the captain for most of the season but is adamant that the club must bounce back as soon as possible.
Speaking to the Express and StarExpress and Star, Dobson said
I know how much the fans are hurting and I just want to apologise because it wasn’t good enough,”
“The way we started the season we should never have been in this mess and it’s unacceptable to think we are. It just should not have happened.”
I’ve been captain for almost the entire season so for me, the team being relegated is gutting,”
“Everybody is gutted. But to be captain when we have gone down, that hurts.”
“Hopefully we will bounce back at the first attempt. We have to bounce back.”
Over the next few days you would hope that the hierarchy identify the new manager and the retained/released list will be announced so we can begin to plot to our League 2 campaign.