Leon McKenzie insists he won’t walk out on Corby Town following the resignation of manager Ian Sampson.
Sampson stepped down from the top job at Steel Park after a meeting with chairman Kevin Ingram immediately after the Steelmen suffered their fifth successive defeat in the Blue Square Bet North.
Experienced striker McKenzie scored twice as Corby were beaten 5-4 at home by Bradford Park Avenue and when he arrived at Steel Park, he was in no doubt that Sampson was the key reason having played under him at Northampton Town.
But McKenzie, who believes there were differences between Ingram and Sampson, insists he wants to stay and work with Chris Plummer, who has taken up the reigns having previously been the assistant-managaer.
“I am really disappointed,” McKenzie said as he reflected on Sampson’s departure.
“I don’t blame Sammo. It is individual mistakes that have really been affecting us and from a defensive point of view we have not been good enough.
“You can’t conceded 18 goals in five games. We have scored four at home this time so effectively, at worse case, we should be drawing and if that happens he doesn’t resign.
“Unfortunately, there were some differences behind closed doors between the chairman and Sammo. I know him and for him to do that, obviously he doesn’t agree with something. But whatever has been said, has been said. That is their business.
“This is not about Leon McKenzie. My career is done in that respective.
“There are players here who have the ability to do well but it comes down to mind and matter and I think they are being effected confidence wise and we need to approach things a lot differently.
“I have a good relationship with Chris Plummer and I am not looking to walk out regardless of the situation.
“I have a lot of respect for Chris. We are at the bottom but we can only go upwards.
“We have to put these five awful games behind us and the boys have to start believing in themselves.”