Tilson: 'It was a huge blow to lose Barney'; Pardew: 'I need another Lambert in this division'
08 May 2010 10:55
Both managers are looking at next season before Saturday's season finale at St. Mary's; while one feels his side need another striker, the other is looking to his youth side! Tilson: 'Loads of factors why we got relegated, but we weren't good enough' While his opposite number in the dug-outs at Southampton Saturday will have half a mind on the summer sales, maybe looking at a Shrimper or two, let's face it Pardew has history with Southend, poor broke Tilly will be giving youth a chance, and we may see more Crawford's and O'Keefe's given their chance in League Two. Tilly spoke to www.southendunited.co.uk: "There were load of factors as to why we got relegated, but, at the end of the day, we weren't good enough for whatever reason. We will be giving the youth players a chance. In an ideal world, we would want them to earn the right to be in and amongst the first team, but with the situation as it is, it is a necessaity to bring them in."God knows then what sort of youth side Ricky Duncan will be taking to Northampton then Saturday morning, a look at some players up for scholarships next term possibily. Tilson looks forward to seeing former player Lee Barnard again, the second time in recent weeks!Tilly continued: "I saw him a couple of weeks ago at the PFA event and had a chat with him then. It was a huge blow to lose Barney, not just for his goals, but it drained the confidence of the other players and myself to lose your top goalscorer. He did ever so well for this football club and I'm sure he is going to do well at Southampton."Pardew: Must gain promotion next time around or he'll be in troubleThere was some speculation that Saints boss Alan Pardew may have to look for another club after missing out on the play-offs undert their ambitious new Chairman's plans for the future.However, the Saints supremo Nicola Cortese had decided that despite handing the former Charlton manager £3m for new players, oh how Tilly must weep, the minus ten point punishment for going into administration was too much of a mountain to climb and he deserves another chance, one more chance anyway!And the main priority is another striker, even after Rickie Lambert, David Connolly, and the good Lord himself, Lee Barnard.Indeed, the Saints have been linked with another ex-Shrimper in Sunderland's Roy O'Donovan, now a free scoting striker on loan to Hartlepool, where he scored a hat-trick against Southend earlier this year.Pardew told www.dailyecho.co.uk: "The worry is if Lambert wasn't there because we looked half a side when he wasn't there. That's something I might need to address in the transfer window because I need another one of that type of player in this division."