FC Halifax Town: We have to start getting results, says Town chairman

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Town chairman David Bosomworth believes performances have improved under Darren Kelly but says the club must start getting results.

Kelly has won two of his nine games in charge at The Shay since being appointed at the start of October.

Halifax are bottom of the National League and sit nine points adrift of safety ahead of tomorrow’s home clash with Braintree.

Bosomworth admits Town’s perilous position means their immediate priorities have had to change.

“As much as we’ve always said we want to get in the Football League, what we’re faced with right now is staying in this league,” he said.

“As much as the performances might have turned around, we have to get results.

“That means clean sheets on the board and finding a way of putting the ball in the net.

“That’s what Darren and Jim (Harvey) are tasked with doing.”

Bosomworth feels his management duo haven’t had much time to impose their philosophy on the squad, but says the club is working on how improvements can be made to training arrangements.

“It’s been a really difficult time for them because when they first came in, we were playing Saturday-Tuesday and just when we looked like we’d have a window of two weeks without a game we had the Guiseley replay,” said Bosomworth.

“That’s made it more difficult, and when new players are coming in, it’s very hard within a two-hour session to galvanise everything.

“They are having difficulties when we’re training during the day, not all the players can come.

“These are things we’re working on.

“We also have no floodlit training pitch, which we’re also working on.

“They have tried to increase training sessions where they can to three days a week.

“Obviously lads have come in who are part-time and used to doing a couple of nights a week and there’s other lads who are in a full-time mentality and can do more.

“But you’ve got to have meaningful sessions in terms of the numbers there to make it worthwhile

“There’s a lot we’re having to work around.

“Anyone coming to watch will see there is a different style of football, but we still need that cutting edge.”

The Town supremo says the club is in a “good position financially” and that they have made a profit every year over the past four years.

Bosomworth revealed the club is working with its biggest playing budget since it reformed, but insisted Kelly will continue to be backed in the transfer market.

“The money gets used all the time,” he said. “Whenever you increase your budget, you’re asking is it sustainable through the gates, which it isn’t.

“But you’re micro-managing the money that is available.

“It’s the same with all the clubs around us. If they bring some money in, they’ll re-invest it in players.

“Every penny, every bean that we get goes on running the club on the minimum cost base we can but maximising to the very most the playing budget.

“We’re prudent in the way we manage it.

“We will do our best to support Darren in the best way we can.”

Midfielders Kieran Sadlier and Nicky Wroe and defender Keil O’Brien have all extended their loans until January, while the club are also set to review centre-back Nat Brown’s loan deal from Lincoln.

Bosomworth also said defender Graham Hutchison is staying for a third month on loan at Telford, while Jake Hibbs, also at Telford, and Connor Hughes, at Bradford Park Avenue, are expected to extend their loans too.