‘Job just got a lot tougher’ says Coughlin

Berwick Rangers manager John Coughlin.
Berwick Rangers manager John Coughlin.

Berwick manager John Coughlin was left to reflect on the size of the task which lies ahead of him after his side slipprd to the bottom of the Scottish Second Division.

The Rangers suffered a 5-0 home defeat at the hands of Clyde. David Gormley netted four times and also set up Scott Linton for the other in a victory which lifted Clyde to second place in the table.

Coughlin, who was in charge of his first home game after taking over from Colin Cameron admitted afterwards: “It’s difficult to see where the next win is coming from. I don’t like to use the word embarrassing, but that is what it was.

“When I first took over I knew it was going to be a difficult job, now it just got a whole lot tougher.

“We need to make changes, I think that is obvious to everyone, but being bottom if the table will make it difficult to attract the type of player we need.”

After last week’s narrow 1-0 away defeat against leaders Annan, Berwick Rangers fielded an unchanged side.

“I thought after the performance at Annan we were heading in the right direction,” said Coughlin. “But we gave the ball away too easily, and in some instances that led to us conceding goals.

“No one wants to lose 5-0 at home, but after a performance like that there is no place to hide.

“We all have to face up to our responsibilities, and that includes me.

“I said when I came that there would be no honeymoon period, and that’s proving to be the case.

“We need leaders out on the pitch because at the moment we are not getting goals from our front men and at the back we just don’t look like we are going to keep a clean sheet, all of which does not make for a happy medium.

“We are lacking in confidence all over the pitch.

“I think in some ways some teams are now looking at us as a soft touch, which is why this result will not be seen as a surprise by some people.

“We need to turn things around, and I think the only way we are going to do that is by bringing in new faces.

“I am not afraid to admit I have already been out there looking, and I will continue to do so over the next week or so.

“Next week we have no game so it gives us a chance to try and work on a few things both in training and on the recruiting front, so there will still be a lot going on behind the scenes because we have to stop the slide somehow.”