Lakin tells Erith & Belvedere fans – it’s good to talk!
BARRY LAKIN, manager of Southern League Division One East progressive club, Erith & Belvedere, has thrown the gauntlet down to the club's supporters to be more positive, writes Stephen McCartney.
The club boasts one of the best grounds and
playing surfaces in the division - Park View Road in Welling - with their own
bar facilities and a newly installed fitness and rehabilitation centre but Lakin
and the club are trying to get more established in the local area, after many
years in the doldrums.
The appointment of the thirty-year-old manager has given the club a breath of fresh air, both on and off the pitch.
The former Chelmsford City youth academy coach is in his first managerial job at first team level, and he said: "I just feel, it would be nice to get a few more fans through the turnstiles, and people to be a bit more positive when they talk about Erith & Belvedere."
suggested: "I just like the fans to voice their opinions directly to me,
so easy to sit back and be negative. Let's all try and do things and be
more positive. We should all be working together - because we all want to be
added: "I am quite happy to speak to fans in the bar - it's not a
massively supported club, but we all want a successful side. There
are reasons for team selection, so speak to me face to face rather than going on
"It's a great little set up at Erith & Belvedere, and they aren't getting the recognition they deserve.
club has a good base - we've got five youth teams and a reserve team, which have
just been promoted into the Go Travel Kent League Division One."
so many players representing the club at all levels this season, Lakin asks
parents and youngsters to come through the turnstiles to support the first team
during their Southern League Division One East campaign.
Lakin admitted his side "froze" in Saturday's opening league game at
East Thurrock United, going down 5-1, but he is looking forward to his team
opening their points account in their next two games, both at Park View Road,
against Beaconsfield SYCOB on Tuesday night and against Barton Rovers next
conceded the first three goals, which were through set-plays - a corner, a free
kick and a penalty, which was harsh.
nothing away from East Thurrock United, however, they deserved the
manager added: "I've learnt a lot more about my players through defeat
rather than through victory - which is, we need to work a lot harder, and need
to have more trust within the team."
however, revealed details about twenty-two-year-old centre forward Akpo Sodje,
and his proposed move to Coca Cola League One outfit Huddersfield Town.
The striker, brother of Terriers defender Efe, has been training with the West Yorkshire club during the summer.
Sodje, who had a trial with League Two club Macclesfield Town in September 2001, was in line to earn a three-month contract with the Glapharm Stadium outfit.
The move, however, has hit a stumbling block as Sodje's club - Erith & Belvedere - want a fee for the African hit-man.
Huddersfield are not prepared to match the valuation requested from the Kent club.
Jackson is ready to give the striker a chance to earn a career with the League One club and hopes the issue can be resolved.
"I am willing to give him a shot with a short-term, three-month deal, but his current club are demanding a compensation fee because he is only 22, but I am not willing to pay the amount they are asking," Jackson told the West Yorkshire club's official website.
"I would like to assess him over a longer period and I am just waiting to here back from Erith on how they want to progress."
However, Lakin dismissed these reports, and said: "Huddersfield are really interested in him. We've put a price for Akpo, which we feel is very reasonable, and we are waiting for a reply."