Tigers boss Shaw trapped in ‘limbo’

Worksop Town v Trafford. Tigers manager Mark Shaw
Worksop Town v Trafford. Tigers manager Mark Shaw

Tigers boss Mark Shaw is trapped in limbo, not knowing if he will manage the club next season or not.

Having guided Worksop Town to the play-off semi-finals last season, Shaw told the Guardian he was ‘utterly devastated’ by the news that financial backer Jason Clark had left the club.

“I’m gutted,” he said.

“I can’t put it into words really. Every time I fell like I’ve got something really good going, it feels like the rug is being pulled out from under me.”

“From the messages I’ve had from Jason, he’s disappointed, the club is a sacrifice he’s having to make.”

“The club is debt free but we don’t have a home to go to.”

“At first it was shock, and now the reality is setting in.”

Shaw believes the club needs a figurehead to take control of affairs and make vital decisions on the future.

“There needs to be direction, someone needs to come in with a philosophy for the club, some control.”

“There’s an opportunity for someone to get involved with the club.”

“We need unity from the town to keep their club alive.”

“I don’t think anyone wants to wake up in August and not have a team to go and support.”

While there’s no concrete news on where, at what level or indeed if Tigers will be playing next season, Shaw is uncertain of his employment status.

“I don’t want to not manage Worksop Town next year,” he said.

“I’m in limbo, I don’t know what I’m supposed to be doing.”

“Am I managing? Do they want me to resign? Am I to take a year out? Am I here for the fight?”

“What will direct my decision is what the club wants to do.”

“I would love to manage Worksop Town, it’s my adopted home town, but there’s no point in me being here if it’s going to be a Central Midlands League team – no offence to people who know that level better than me.”

Supporters have already begun talking about fighting funds, and season ticket pledges, something Shaw welcomes.

“We need to make it appealing for directors or investors, and if supporters do raise money then I don’t see it as for paying wages, it’s for the ground work, to get things sorted.”

He paid tribute to the loyalty of last season’s squad, and revealed they were as downbeat as he is about this week’s news.

“They were devastated,” he said.

“They’ve all been tapped up since that game at Fylde, within 24 hours they were getting texts and calls from other managers who should know better.”

“But no one had agreed to sign anywhere else.”

“Jack Muldoon got a pro contract, which is outstanding, but if that hadn’t come along had had agreed to sign here.”

“That shows the pull of the club.”