Richard Chown Posted April 29, 2009 Report Share Posted April 29, 2009 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 More sharing options...
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