Barrow AFC chairman Paul Casson has branded his players ‘weak’ and said they ‘lack character, desire, courage and fight’ in amazing tirade.

The Bluebirds owner, writing in the match-day programme ahead of their National League game against Eastleigh at Holker Street, put the blame for Barrow’s National League relegation predicament firmly at the doors of the team. AFC dropped into the relegation zone after Saturday’s 4-1 defeat against Leyton Orient, and manager Ady Pennock has said the team need to win the home matches with Eastleigh and Ebbsfleet this week.

Writing about the recent 2-1 defeat to Hartlepool United, where Barrow had taken the lead, Casson said: “Having played one of the best halves of football I’ve seen and taken the lead, they equalised through a mistake and we collapsed. It doesn’t say much unfortunately for the character of the team.

“There are six games remaining for them to band together and find a backbone.”

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