An angry Jimmy Brown will tonight tell his misfiring Lisburn Distillery players that some of them could be about to play their last game for the club.
The Whites’ league game against Linfield scheduled for Saturday has been postponed due to the Blues’ international call-ups — but there will be no rest for the Distillery players.
Instead of a day off for his charges, who are rock bottom of the Carling Premiership with one point from a possible 18, Brown has arranged a friendly with Championship side Coagh United — a match that could represent the last chance saloon for some of his first team squad.
“I will be throwing down the gauntlet to the players. It will be up to them to go out and show me they are worth keeping. Players who are not doing a job for the team will be going,” he said.
Brown had a spell on the Dundalk coaching staff last season so is well aware of some of the talent that will be available when the League of Ireland concludes in November.
“I will be in the market for any player that can improve our team,” stressed Brown.
“We have a good squad, but individual errors are costing us dearly.
“We are scoring goals but unfortunately are conceding really stupid goals,” he admitted.
But Brown, who took over at the Whites in the close season following the departure of long-serving Paul Kirk, has a very definite vision for how he wants his team to play.
“I want us to be more competitive, to show a bit more steel in midfield and get goals by pushing forward from the middle of the park,” he explained.
Glenn Ferguson’s switch from Linfield to the Whites was local football’s story of the summer before Keith Gillespie was snapped up by Glentoran.
And Brown said that ‘Spike’ has been an excellent signing.
“Spike poses a threat up front and has bags of experience. He’s a super addition to the squad. And there might be one or two more arrivals!” he warned.