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Newry City 0 Ballymena United 4

Gerry Flynn is planning a New Year clear out at The Showgrounds.

The Newry City boss has lost patience with his great under achievers and last night rapped: “Only four or five of the squad deserve to stay.

“I’ve given the players every chance to establish themselves and most have not taken it.

“We’re sitting third bottom of the table and that simply isn’t acceptable.

“Friday night’s 4-0 hammering by Ballymena United was the last straw.

“It was embarrassing and cannot be allowed to go on. It is very frustrating not knowing from one game to another how players are going to perform.

“All I want are players who will give the club an honest shift. At the minute, possibly only a handful are producing that.

“We are not showing enough consistency. We praised the players after their victory over Portadown in the match shown live on Sky but then came the debacle at home to Ballymena.

“It has been a case of papering over the cracks. We’re making great strides off the pitch and sadly we’re not keeping up with the pace on it.

“Now the time has come to do something about it. I’ve some irons already in the fire with a view to bringing in new faces during the January transfer window.

“So, apart from the four or five I don’t want to name, at this stage I’m open to offers for the others.

“Interested clubs know where to find me. Initially I’m even prepared to let some go out on loan.”

Newry are only four points better off than bottom club Donegal Celtic having won only five and lost 10 of their 18 starts.

Belfast Telegraph