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Improve or I quit: Gray's ultimatum to 'Point players


Boss's dilemma: Barry Gray has considered resigning

Boss's dilemma: Barry Gray has considered resigning

Brian Little

Boss's dilemma: Barry Gray has considered resigning

Warrenpoint Town manager Barry Gray has admitted he considered quitting his job before last Saturday's 2-2 draw with Portadown.

And Gray, who actually doubles up as a director of the club, may yet step down if the level of performance drops below that which almost brought the Danske Bank Premiership's bottom place team a victory away to the side that before the game had led the way.

His words last weekend had an impact as Warrenpoint turned in a great performance, with two goals in as many minutes midway through the first half giving them a 2-0 lead at Shamrock Park and had Liam Bagnall not been sent off towards the end they might have claimed all three points.

"It wasn't so much a threat, but I did make a suggestion that if it was in the best interests of the club I would let someone else have a go in the job," revealed Gray.

"I am on the board of directors at the club as well as being manager and when everything is rosy it's an easy position to be in.

"When things aren't so good then I have to keep in mind what is best for the club.

"I haven't been overly happy from a managerial point of view with what we've been getting from the players on a match day.

"I suggested that if it wasn't going to go as I want it to – and I have a firm idea of what I want – in terms of how we play, then it would be too much to replace the players and maybe there should be a change elsewhere.

"I asked the players to give me a reaction and I was pleased that we got a point because I would have taken that beforehand."

Gray isn't completely satisfied though. He is now demanding that his players follow up the display at Shamrock Park with another showing of at least the same standard when they face Ballinamallard United at Milltown tonight (8pm).

"We went to the leaders last week and were close to winning the game. We lost by only one goal away to Linfield and we were seconds away from beating Cliftonville, yet other than that we've won one game," said Gray.

"That has been an issue from last season as well where our better performances have come against the top teams.

"That isn't our bread and butter. It's against the Ballinamallards that we need to get points.

"We need to find a level of consistency."

Belfast Telegraph