crunch time for boro chief paul

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SCARBOROUGH Athletic boss Paul Olsson has been given a week to save his job.

Boro slumped to another dismal defeat on Saturday, losing out by a single goal to an Armthorpe side who could only muster 11 players.

The fans had continued to vote with their feet, as only 259 graced a chilly Queensgate.

The Athletic board had thrown their support behind Olsson after the 5-0 midweek thrashing at Farsley, but they have now drawn the line in the sand.

The next two matches at Tadcaster on Tuesday night and then the derby clash at Pickering on Saturday will now be crucial for the Boro chief, who took over from Brian France in November.

Acting chairman Dave Holland said: “Paul and I had a long talk after the game. I had also spoken at length to Richard Adamson, our hair, on the telephone immediately prior to meeting the manager.

“Paul acknowledged the performance was poor on the day, and was aware of the profound disappointment felt by everyone around the ground.”

“I reminded him of the targets which had been set by the board on his appointment, including the need to attain a much higher position than we currently occupy. I also noted that fewer and fewer matches remained to recover the situation.

“I revealed that the board had discussed the manager’s position again during the week and that the consensus was to continue to back the choice made by our selection panel, but with growing concerns.

“I was keen to assure Paul that the board would provide whatever help it could to recover the situation, and I also noted his hopes for additional managerial support following the departure of Darren France.

“However, Paul understood the implications of continued poor results and accepted that it was the board’s responsibility to take whatever action was necessary to protect the club’s best interests.

“The situation remains serious and the next couple of games will be pivotal to what happens next.”

Holland did understand the frustration of the fans during the defeat, but he was left disappointed by the abuse handed out to Boro players and manager.

He added: “I was staggered at the personal and professional abuse directed at our players and staff by certain individuals – witnessed on Saturday afternoon.

“Whatever the legitimacy of fans anger and concern, the board does not endorse such vilification and cannot see how it can have any positive effect on performance and commitment to the badge nor showcase our proud club to prospective newcomers.”