Funk accepts blame for cup exit

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SCARBOROUGH Athletic boss Rudy Funk has called for fans to vent their frustrations at him.

The Athletic chief has admitted that he and his players were as gutted as any of the fans after last weekend’s FA Cup exit at Tadcaster Albion.

He is now confident of putting things right in the remaining matches of the season, but he is adamant that he needs the full backing of the supporters to achieve this.

Funk said: “It certainly wasn’t the best at the weekend. The disappointment was huge among the players, when I went into the changing room there was a deep silence and plenty of sad faces.

“I do understand some of the comments made and the frustration of the fans. I have a lot of sympathy with them.

“I want the fans to direct their criticism at me. I’ve had it before and I’m sure that I’ll have it in the future.

“It is harder for younger lads to take criticism, it beds in with them and it makes it difficult for me to pick them up after games.

“Fans should scream and shout at me because it is me that makes the decisions.

“I will say that every decision I make is not just for the team, it is deeper than that. These decisions are made for the football community.

“I am human though and I do sometimes make mistakes, but the one thing fans have to know is that Rudy Funk always delivers.”

Having made an indifferent start to the campaign, Funk has promised that none of his players are safe from the axe.

He is still happy with his squad, but anyone not pulling their weight will be hitting the road.

“I had a lot of long conversations with players over the weekend and I told each of them that if you can’t stand the heat, they shouldn’t be in the kitchen.

“I am not scared of getting new players in and offloading players. Be it players I have brought in or players that were here over the past few seasons.

“The camp is still good though, we have a great bunch of lads and I will defend each and every one of them.

“The reason I will do this is because I believe in them.

“It isn’t about ego trips, it is about everyone pulling in the same direction.”