Leigh Cooper: 'I don't want to be an also-ran manager struggling at the wrong end of the table.' Pictures Sean Hernon. Ref: 0908SH04906TORPOINT
DARREN Gilbert is backing Liskeard Athletic boss Leigh Cooper to lead the Blues to safety in the Carlsberg South West Peninsula League.
Bodmin boss Gilbert, a former Liskeard player, watched with pride as his league champions swept to a 5-0 victory in the premier division at Lux Park on Saturday.
The result left Liskeard in the division's bottom four, only six points clear of bottom side Clyst Rovers, who have two games in hand.
But Gilbert said: "I can't speak highly enough of Leigh. He is an excellent manager and I am sure he will keep Liskeard out of trouble. Leigh has them playing football the right way and in time it will bring results. Against us, they didn't stop trying to play, even though they were several goals down.
"I'm sure if the players can take in what Leigh has to say to them, there will be an improvement in Liskeard's results."
February looks likely to be a crucial month for the Blues. After this Saturday's home game against Tavistock, they are away to bottom club Clyst on Saturday week, February 13, and then have successive home matches against Cullompton (Feb 20) and fellow strugglers Wadebridge (Feb 27).
Cooper gave a debut on Saturday to Danny Bance, the former St Blazey midfield man, while recent addition Rob Carey has also added quality.
In his programme notes for the Bodmin game, Cooper said: "We need to start picking up points as we strive to reach mid-table security.
"Mid table is hardly setting the world alight but I don't want to be an also-ran manager struggling at the wrong end of the table, and we are trying very hard to instil that same thought process in the players.
"I firmly believe our recent signings have the type of quality that will help us secure points but we need the whole squad sharing that belief."