Friday 24 November 2017

Buckley: Relegation a worry for the Saints

St Pat’s boss Liam Buckley. Photo: SPORTSFILE
St Pat’s boss Liam Buckley. Photo: SPORTSFILE

Liam Buckley has dismissed any notions that his St Patrick's Athletic side, currently bottom of the Premier Division table, are simply "too big" to get relegated for the first time in their history.

But the Saints boss has promised to take a fresh look at all aspects of the club's operations to try and find a way out of the trouble which they are currently in.

Friday's loss at home to Dundalk saw Pat's slump to last place in the table, and they will remain there into mid-June unless they take take something away from Friday's derby against Shamrock Rovers in Tallaght Stadium, the final game before the mid-season break.

Pat's are, along with Bohemians, one of only two clubs in the league to have never been relegated and Buckley knows the current side need to face up to their responsibilities.

"There is no club that's ever too big to go down. Manchester United got relegated and they are one of the biggest clubs on the planet," says Buckley.

"I don't want to be the first one to go down with them [Pat's] and I don't think any of the lads do either. That's why we have to stick together, stick at it.

"We're not stupid and I'm not stupid either - I know the situation, I'm not blind, I can see the league table. It is a concern that we're at the bottom at this stage.

"Normally we would fundamentally be playing better and that's why we have to look at the window. There is not a lot you can do, bearing in mind what is floating around but we just have to look and see if we can get something out of Rovers next week."

Buckley, the longest-serving manager in the league, admits that nothing is off the table as Pat's aim for survival.

"We have to review everything from our fitness, our organisation, how we are playing, to get enough points to get us out of trouble," he added.

Rovers away is next up for Buckley and that game is now crucial, he admits.

"I just want to win the next match. That's as far as I'm looking. Go and win the next match, bearing in mind we're at the bottom end of the table," he says.

"There are six or seven teams that will get dragged into trouble this year so it's a concern for us.

"It's coming to the halfway stage of the season, we don't want to be there. From where we're at, anyone can get dragged in there," added Buckley, aware that just three points separates the bottom five teams.

"Drogheda, Galway, Finn Harps, Bohs, Sligo or Pats, we're all looking over our shoulder. There is very little between the teams."

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