‘Gutted’ Nathan Stainfield says it’s the players - and not sacked manager Jason Lee - who should shoulder the blame for the Boston United’s recent slump.
Last night’s 1-0 defeat at Gloucester saw the Pilgrims’ run without a victory stretch to six matches.
And that led chairman David Newton to terminate Lee’s contract this afternoon.
But Stainfield - who was given his chance at Blue Square Bet North level by Lee and Lee Canoville - was amazed by the news.
He told The Standard: “It’s a big shock right now. I don’t know what to say. I’m gutted.
“Jason and Lee gave me my chance and I’m sad to say I’m part of the side which eventually got him (Lee) the sack.
“At the end of the day, the results are down to the players and, evidently, we’ve let him down.”
Stainfield said that Lee was extremely popular among the squad.
He added: “I know I won’t be alone when I say I’m disappointed.
“He was very popular here. But that’s football.”
Attentions now turn to Saturday’s trek to Vauxhall Motors.
Stainfield says the Pilgrims will be looking to instantly turn fortunes around.
He told The Standard: “Nobody ever goes to a match thinking ‘I don’t fancy it today, I don’t care if we lose’.
“It’s the same as every week. We’ll go wanting to win three points.
“It’s just a shame we couldn’t have done it sooner.”