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Carrick chief Currie left frustrated by lack of momentum caused by stop-start nature of season


Niall Currie

Niall Currie

Niall Currie

"How do you get things going when you're only playing four games in 70 days?" asks Niall Currie when considering his plight.

That is just one of the obstacles facing the Carrick Rangers manager as he looks to take his team off the bottom of the Danske Bank Premiership table.

Since beating Portadown 4-1 on November 10, Carrick have played - and lost to - Ballymena United, Warrenpoint Town, Glentoran and Coleraine, leaving them rooted to the bottom of the standings.

With football suspended until January 23, the Gers will have three games in hand on 11th-placed Dungannon Swifts.

"There has been nothing normal about this entire season so far," Currie says. "Our situation is stop-start, stop-start and it's extremely hard to gain any momentum.

"Some of the players in my squad have had no football whatsoever because there is no football outside of the first team.

"It's the same for everybody but it makes life very, very difficult. We are four games behind at the minute, who knows what will happen in a month's time, but we don't want to have to play every Saturday and Tuesday for six weeks to make the games up.

"Another problem is recruitment. We have signed Chris Ramsey and Corey McMullan and I would like to bring another couple of players in. But the difficulty is, with the Championship not playing, if a player is not getting games with us and may be surplus to requirements, his options are limited.

"These are just some of the issues I am trying to manage and we'll get there. It's just extremely difficult."

Currie says he was prepared to continue playing before the break was announced, but acknowledges the concerns about Covid-19 and says the introduction of testing will help.

"I want to have games on," he adds. "Sport is very important to people, particularly at the minute with the coronavirus figures rising rapidly. Testing would give a lot of reassurance to a lot of people, because there is a lot of insecurity out there.

"I would like to see the season resume safely because I feel we have an obligation to our fans, all the clubs, to keep the season going - and I don't want to be sitting in the house every Saturday afternoon!

"It's unprecedented and it's surreal at times. Last week at Coleraine was the first time this season we've been able to use a changing room, normally I'm out on the pitch trying to give team talks with players 10 yards to the left and the right of me.

"It can be very frustrating. The bigger picture is about saving lives, that is paramount, but I would like to see football return safely, with testing, so we can get back to what we enjoy most."

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