Chester FC joint-manager Anthony Johnson was left crestfallen and ’embarrassed’ as the Blues were beaten 8-1 at Blyth Spartans in an astonishing National League North result.
Johnson said after the game: “I’ve just gone in there and said to one or two of them, ‘rip your contracts up. Rip your contracts up and leave the football club.’ That performance, I wouldn’t dare turn up again.”
“And I feel the same about myself, to be honest. I’m embarrassed to walk out there on Tuesday night (at home to Kidderminster) in front of however many people are going to be there.”
It made for a miserable seven-hour round trip for Chester, who have started the season with a win, draw and defeat from their opening three games. The Blues, with a largely new squad, and new managers after relegation, were 3-0 down at half-time and had Gary Roberts sent off after 59 minutes.
Johnson went on to add: “To be fair, (joint-manager) Bernard (Morley) has gone in there and he’s talking about sticking together, and he’s spot on. We’ve got another game on Tuesday.
“The way I’m thinking, I’ve just told you what I’ve said to one or two of the players, it’s a difficult situation. We’ve got 250 supporters, we’ve been booed off at half-time and rightly so.
“I’ve never been booed off before, in ten years of management. So straight away, I’m embarrassed.
“They’ve not waited to clap us off at the end, they’ve waited to see the response of the lads. Let’s get it right, we’ve given them a little bit of hope over the last couple of games, and what’s gone on today has almost dragged everything that’s gone on the last three or four years right back into the shop window if you like.”