No wins in nine games has United boss Doswell tending his hurt pride
Sutton United boss Paul Doswell has admitted he is feeling the pressure on the back of nine games without a win.
Saturday’s exit from the FA Cup, a competition in which Sutton have a history of reaching the first round proper, left Doswell both disappointed and nursing his wounded pride.
It took a single goal from Bromley to end United’s cup dreams before they had begun.
And it also spelled the end for assistant manager Alan Payne who left the club after a meeting with Doswell.
United return to action in the Blue Square South this weekend at Tonbridge Angels hoping to lift themselves from second bottom.
Doswell said: “We’re on the back of four very good years and so far we’ve had a poor five weeks. But you back yourself to get the job done and I back myself that after 42 games we’ll do OK.
“There are forums where people can express their views but in the main supporters are realistic. We’ve over-achieved over the past four years – but when you’re used to being successful it comes as a shock when you’re not.”
He added: “The FA Cup is a competition you can never win but it is a competition you want to progress in for financial reasons. There is pressure on me, but it is a pride thing more than anything else.”
On Payne’s departure, first team coach Steve McKimm said: “Paul let Alan go with a heavy heart because they have worked together for a long time, but that’s football.”
Doswell is sweating on the fitness of Craig Dundas for the Angels game after the midfielder missed the Bromley match with a tight hamstring.