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HOLLAND AND ARNOLD AND McCALL REACTION
17th March 2008 21:51


Paul Holland reaction from Mansfield 103.2, here

Paul Holland and Nathan Arnold reaction from Radio Nottingham, here

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Furious McCall reads the riot act
By Simon Parker
http://www.telegraphandargus.co.uk

Fuming Stuart McCall today rounded on his misfiring players and demanded to know: "Do you really want to be here?"

As he picked through the wreckage of a fourth home loss in five games, the City chief admitted: "I wish the season would end now."

McCall was livid with yet another no-show from his side as they slumped 2-1 against second-from-bottom Mansfield.

And he warned his squad, most of whom are out of contract in June, that his patience has run out.

McCall blasted: "There were five or six players out there who's contracts are up in the summer. Performances like that only make my job easier.

"The ball is in their court. If they are selected, they've got to go out and show they want to be here next season.

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"Maybe they don't want to be here. They tell me they do but keep performing like that as individuals then they won't be.

"It's draining saying the same things. I was in the dressing room for 30 minutes afterwards but it's hard to know what to tell them; it's deja-vu.

"But my job is to provide the answers and this season can't finish quick enough for me so I can get to work in the summer and bring players in."

Maybe they don't want to be here. They tell me they do but keep performing like that as individuals then they won't be

City remain stuck in mid-table with ten games to go of a campaign that McCall has written off. He is already planning ahead to next season when fans can expect major changes in personnel.

"I hate having nothing to play for and that will be the case now," he added. "It's been such a disappointing season.

"A victory on Saturday could have lifted us into the top half but it's as if we don't want to take that step up. There were too many under-performers yet again.

"We can't keep putting in performances like that at home. The fans keep turning out and they are as frustrated as me.

"There are times I wish I could get out there and do something about it myself. But the only time I will be able to do that is in the summer.

"It's a sad thing to say but the end of the season can't come quick enough for me."

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