Walsall interim boss Jon Whitney conceded that some of Walsall’s stars might leave the club this summer and feels its a big ask to keep this squad together.
Whitney also conceded that Walsall have overachieved this season but with a bit of luck – they could have gone one step further.
Speaking after the game, Whitney said –
“We competed but if it was all down to effort, desire and passion then I think I could still be playing,”
“I think sometimes that isn`t enough. You need a little bit of luck but I think we have to face facts – Barnsley were the better side over the two-legs.’
“We had our moments. We didn`t buckle, we didn`t just give up. The lads put a shift in but they have come up short over the two legs.’
“But I feel sorry for the fans because they deserved something to cheer tonight.’
‘Their support has been fantastic.”
“We are a developing club. We have over achieved this year and it has been a great season for the lads.’
“We are going to try and keep the squad together if we can but it might be a big ask.’
“This was five years in the process this season. It doesn’t just come and we have to be realistic about what we can achieve.’
“But we will only be able to judge that when we know the players we are keeping and we know the players we are bringing in.’
“It`s all ifs and buts at the moment. But we have got a philosophy at this football which we aren`t going to change.”