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I'll stay to prove Point: Barry Gray


I’m still the man: Barry Gray wants to stay at Warrenpoint

I’m still the man: Barry Gray wants to stay at Warrenpoint

I’m still the man: Barry Gray wants to stay at Warrenpoint

Barry Gray has declared his intention to remain as manager of Warrenpoint Town until the club's board decide otherwise.

He will be the man, however, who will make decisions on players next month when the mid-season transfer window opens.

There had been some uncertainty about Gray's future a few weeks ago, with suggestions that he had stepped down, or was about to, with Point bottom of the Danske Bank Premiership table with just four points.

He is still in the dug out and plans to be there until others decide that there is a need for change, but with Gray also being on the board the status quo is likely to remain.

The major changes could come on the pitch, with challenging his players to show that they want to stay at the club.

"There seems to be uncertainty every week, but there will be no change unless the board decide otherwise," said Gray, ahead of this afternoon's home battle with Portadown.

"I think there was some fuel poured on the fire locally that wasn't necessary and we all have to shoulder a level of responsibility for the position we are in."

Gray had been confident that his team wouldn't be embroiled in a relegation battle this season when he kept his top players and then added Premiership experience as well as exciting talent from the Championship in the close season.

Things haven't gone according to plan though and last Saturday's 5-1 defeat at Dungannon Swifts has left Warrenpoint seven points adrift of Carrick Rangers at the foot of the table.

"A few experienced players haven't done it for us and some players who came in during the summer haven't worked out," said Gray.

"It's up to the players now to work hard and show me that they want to be here. If they don't want to be here then they can go in January.

"Bar last Saturday, performances hadn't been too bad, but you can't play for 60 or 70 minutes in this league."

Belfast Telegraph