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No easy fix says Stafford Rangers manager

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: April 11, 2014

Rangers boss Graham Heathcote

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STAFFORD Rangers boss Graham Heathcote admitted this week that life at Marston Road had not been enjoyable in the short time he had been here.

But he is a firm believer that the situation that the club finds itself in can be turned around by hard work.

Heathcote, the club's third manager this season, who only took charge at the start of the year, said many aspects had to be addressed for the future of this once non-league giant.

He had no option but to field five youth team players in the 1-0 home defeat against King's Lynn on Saturday and said: "It's hard work, mentally hard work and not enjoyable, but it's a situation we have got ourselves into and one we have got to address.

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"It's been a difficult season for everyone and now it's all about the future of the football club.

"However, I've seen situations far worse and things can be pulled round, I've seen it and experienced it. But it's a long haul and it needs everyone on board. It's no good pointing fingers, that's not going to resolve things.

"The club needs reorganising and restructuring. As a football club lots of things have got to be addressed.

"Professionalism in abundance is what's needed at the club and it's got to make the name appetising again for players to come here.

"It's going to take a lot of reorganising and it is an important few weeks for the club in terms of what it has to do to restructure itself.

"People have got to be in it for the long haul, there is no easy fix. Two words will help rectify this club - HARD WORK."

On Saturday, Boro entertain play-off hopefuls Ashton United, who are currently fifth in the Evo-Stik Premier table (3.07pm).

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