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Steve Housham warns of new boss backlash at Bluebirds

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 05, 2013

Steve Housham warns of new boss backlash at Bluebirds
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Steve Housham is preparing for the unknown as he readies his squad to face AFC Barrow on Saturday.

The Bluebirds are poised to appoint a new boss ahead of Trinity's trip to the North West, and Housham admits that a fresh face in the dugout can lift a team.

Barrow produced a shortlist of five candidates for the job and were due to conduct interviews and enlist the new man this week.

However, having been without a fixture last weekend, Housham is confident his side will head into the Skrill North clash fresh and focused.

"It is true that players can be lifted after a new manager comes in," said Housham.

"They up their work rate and do their best to impress their new boss, because they are fighting for their place in the side and they want to earn a contract.

"But Barrow is a tough place to go whether they have a new boss or not. That's what we will be concentrating on.

"We are in buoyant mood ourselves and we had a great away win at Colwyn Bay last time out.

"If we are at our best, then it will be Barrow who will have to worry."

The Trinity boss enjoyed almost three seasons at Barrow as a player and has not returned to the north west club since he played for them from 2000 until 2002.

He played alongside Grant Holt, who went on to forge a successful career with Norwich City in the Premier League.

"I am looking forward to going there," he said.

"I have never been back there since I played for them and I am hoping for a decent reception because I served them well for a few years.

"I still know one or two people up there so I am looking forward to seeing a few old faces.

"I played in the hole behind a young striker called Grant Holt. He had dropped out of the Football League to come to Barrow and we all know how well he has done.

"He showed signs of real promise while I was there. He worked hard and has a good football brain.

"It's great to see him go on to become a Premier League player. He was also very close to playing for England."

Trinity had no fixture last weekend due to Altincham's involvement in the FA Trophy.

However, with one or two of Housham's squad suffering from injuries the Blues boss claims the break has put his side in a good position.

"The lay-off has allowed Dominic Roma and Bradley Barraclough to rest their injuries," Housham added.

"Both of them have now returned to training and I will travel to Barrow on Saturday with a fully fit squad.

"It might give me a selection headache but it's a good one to have. I want people to be upset if they are not in the team. We have to have real competition for places."

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