Terriers boss Ferrell to decide on his future following relegation

Bedlington Terriers manager Andy Ferrell.

Bedlington Terriers manager Andy Ferrell.

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Bedlington Terriers manager Andy Ferrell is to meet with the board as the club look to return to division one at the first time of asking next season.

If the former professional is to stay, he said he would like to keep the majority of this season’s squad together, but he has questioned effort and commitment all season long.

“I have to sit down now with the chairman, Dave and Keith Perry and decide what’s right off the field, because we have to get it right both on and off the pitch,” he said.

“If we are all singing on the same hymn sheet then I want to be here next season. It is going to be a long and horrible season in the second division.

“Hopefully we can all stick together and we can get out of it and back into the first division and then be at the right end of the table, not at the bottom where the club has been for four or five seasons.

“I have said it before, Bedlington Terriers shouldn’t be in and around relegation battles.”

Players’ “attitudes and commitment” need to change, according to Ferrell, as he will look to build a side through the summer that is capable of winning division two next season.

He said: “Sign on to have a goal, don’t sign on to get a pay packet. Don’t sign on if you’re going to pick and choose what games you want to play.

“Don’t look at the fixtures and think ‘I don’t want to travel to Brandon on a Tuesday night, I’ll pretend I’m working’ because we have had every excuse in the book.

“You can’t pull the wool over my eyes, I can read people. Whatever people decide to do is up to them, I am more interested in getting promoted next season.”

Jonathan Wright finished the season as Bedlington’s top-goalscorer with 14 goals in as many games after he signed from Heaton Stannington midway through the season.

Many people have sung his praises since his arrival and Ferrell is one of those people, he claimed that if the Terriers had Wright all season, they would have avoided the drop.

He said: “If we had of had Jon Jon there for the full season, then I think we would have survived quite comfortably.

“He has played 14 games for us and he has 14 goals, he has finished our league top goal-scorer and he has played less than everybody else.

“He could have been the difference between us staying up and going down, but we can’t dwell on that and I want to keep a few of the lads for next season.”