Jump to content
Cornwall Football Forum

Blues slam speculation about Leigh


Recommended Posts

Who started this one then?

Thisicornwall.co.uk © Link

LISKEARD Athletic have reacted angrily to speculation that manager Leigh Cooper is to be replaced during the summer.

Rumours on the Cornish Soccer Forum website have suggested that Cooper and his assistant, Tony Richardson, are to leave the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League club in the near future.

But club chairman Dave Hick told Guardian Sport: "Nothing could be further from the truth. I want to refute any suggestions that Leigh and Tony are leaving.

"We have a good bunch of lads at this club now and a very happy dressing room, and we don't want anything spoiling that."

Mr Hick added that work had already begun to strengthen the squad for next season after the team secured premier division football at the weekend with a 2-1 win at Cullompton.

Former Plymouth Argyle favourite Cooper joined Liskeard last summer at a time when the club suffered a mass exodus of star players, mostly to Plymouth Parkway, where former Blues manager Dave Leonard was installed as boss.

Cooper and former Saltash ECPL boss Richardson had a tough job on their hands to assemble a squad in time for the Peninsula season, and the lack of preparation time started to tell on the team as the season moved towards the halfway stage.

There was real concern at one point that the Blues would lose their premier division status, but results started to improve in March and Liskeard got enough points to keep clear of trouble.

Chairman Hick and his Lux Park committee stood by their managerial duo in the tough times and are hoping the club can now move forward to be challenging at the top end of the table next season.

As all clubs are going to find during the summer, money is going to be hard to come by and players who might have been used to being paid good amounts of cash to play at this level, will find themselves having to settle for much less.

Liskeard are believed to be working on that basis as they bid to build on the dressing room spirit which Cooper and Richardson have instilled over the last nine months.

The Blues are away to Dartmouth on Saturday before closing their season at home to Clyst next Tuesday.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

LISKEARD Athletic have reacted angrily to speculation that manager Leigh Cooper is to be replaced during the summer. Rumours on the Cornish Soccer Forum website have suggested that Cooper and his assistant, Tony Richardson, are to leave the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League club in the near future.

I wonder if Trickster22 has anything to add to this - he started the suggestion that changes might be afoot. Perhaps it was more geared towards the Reserves than First Team!

Personally, I hope that Leigh and Tony are there for at least another season and allowed the time (and budget) to compete at the top level available again.

By the way, once again, the response from the club shows how many people involved in football really do look at this Forum.

Just a shame we don't have more (or should that be any) Liskeard supporters registered! :(

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

×
×
  • Create New...