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Chatham manager Alex O'Brien vows to battle on despite fifth defeat in six games

Chatham manager Alex O'Brien
Chatham manager Alex O'Brien

Chatham boss Alex O’Brien is refusing to throw in the towel on his first job in management after witnessing another poor performance against Ryman League Division 1 South basement boys Walton at Maidstone Road on Saturday.

The 1-0 defeat was Chatham’s fifth in six games and their third match without a goal.

O’Brien, pictured, admitted: "I didn’t come into it to get the sack, but I am sure there will be talk and conversations at the end of the season.

"I am a football man, and know how it’s done, but I hope it’s not done behind my back. I will carry on until I am told otherwise.

"I had a quick chat with the chairman (Jeff Talbot) after the game, and he wants us to finish on a high and positively.

"But it’s a results business and I know if it had been any other club, I would have been shown the door by now."

O’Brien is calling for a real effort from his team in the final four games of the season, starting with the trip to title contenders Folkestone on Monday.

He added: "We have still got a massive say in what happens at the top and bottom of the table.

"I haven’t fallen out with the players, because I don’t let things get personal in football, I just felt let down on Saturday and told them so."

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