Steelmen skipper Malone shocked at Sampson departure

Steelmen skipper Paul Malone
Steelmen skipper Paul Malone

Paul Malone has spoken of his “shock” following the resignation of Ian Sampson.

Sampson stepped down as manager of Corby Town following the 5-4 home defeat to Bradford Park Avenue – their fifth successive loss at the start of the Blue Square Bet North campaign.

Sampson is yet to comment on his exit only citing differences between himself and chairman Kevin Ingram before he walked out of Steel Park on Saturday evening.

And skipper Malone believes the players should feel embarrassed about their part in the situation that has now resulted in Sampson’s assistant Chris Plummer taking the reigns.

“It is a shock,” Malone said.

“We didn’t see it coming but we don’t deserve anything less.

“The first five games have been shocking and now, as a team, we have to deal with it and forget those five games.

“We can only focus on winning football matches for this club because, at the moment, it is embarrassing for everyone involved.

“I don’t know what he (Sampson) is thinking and I will speak to him.

“But he obviously feels he has given his best shot and he must feel he can’t affect the future with us as a set of players.

“Every single one of us should look at that league table with embarrassment.”

Malone now feels the Steelmen squad must “stick together” following the recent events and he is certain things “can’t get any worse.

He added: “There have been a lot of individual errors but we are in it together. We win as a team, lose as a team and draw as a team.

“It should not have taken the manager walking out for everyone to face facts that the effort, hunger and desire have not been good enough.

“Everyone is disappointed. But it is gone now, he isn’t going to change his mind.

“We have to stick together. It is a tough league and if we are going to lie down and crumble then it will be a long season.

“Now it is about character and let’s see who is going to stand up and be counted.

“If performances don’t pick up then we will be getting the old P45.

“As a club captain, I believe can only get better. It really can’t get any worse.”.