AFC Sudbury manager Chris Tracey has revealed he is ready to wield the axe after being shown a total lack of respect following an embarrassing defeat to strugglers Waltham Forest.
Tracey said it is the end of the line for at least one member of his promotion-chasing squad after there was sniggering during his dressing down on the pitch on Saturday.
“I have said that (performance) is not acceptable and there will be people after that performance leaving or put on the transfer list – people who find it funny not to take criticism,” said Tracey, who was delighted to be handed a new contract to run to the end of the 2012/13 season 24 hours before the game.
“You have to win games like that to get in the play-offs and results have gone our way, with the exception of Needham (7-0 winners over Cheshunt).
“There will be new players coming in next week and people who think they are certainties in this club I will be looking to move on.”
Waltham Forest only had three shots at goal all game, but scored twice and hit the post once, while AFC dominated from start to finish but could only hit the net once through James Baker’s 18th of the season.
“There is only so many chances other teams give you and now, rather than probably going to Enfield and getting a draw, because we have lost at home to Waltham Forest, we now have to go there and win,” added a frustrated Tracey. “You are stacking the odds against yourself all the time.”
Meanwhile, the search for a strike partner for Baker is nearing an end with a player who has played in the Conference set to sign for the club before they take on bottom side Ware at The MEL Group Stadium on Saturday (3pm).
Tracey said: “I had someone who was going to potentially be involved Satudrday but they were unavailable, but should be around next week.
“They have played for Dagenham and Redbridge and Grays when they were in the Conference and played for Billericay most recently. They had trials for Stevenage last year and have been club repping abroad.”
Of Saturday’s opponents Ware, he said: “They are fighting for their lives. We beat them 2-0 there with both goals coming from set pieces.
“We have to get three points, we have to stop losing games at home. It is an old saying but we really have to turn this into a fortress.”