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Clarke touched by fanstastic response from Saddlers fans

2 October 2020

Walsall boss Darrell Clarke has been touched by the fantastic response from supporters following the disappointing news that they will not be allowed to return from the start of this month.

Saddlers Chairman Leigh Pomlett addressed supporters last week and has since provided them with three options as way of compensation.

The response to the Chairman’s plea for fans to keep their season ticket money in the club if they can, has been incredibly positive.

Clarke feels there is a fantastic togetherness at Walsall Football Club. He is grateful to supporters for how they’ve rallied round and is determined to repay them.

"It's absolutely awesome and it makes myself and my players more determined to do well for the supporters of the football club,” Clarke said.

"I've said it in every football club that I've managed, these are the heartbeat of the communities.

"Managers come and go, players come and go but it's the supporters' football club and that's what it is up and down the country.

"It's really touching to see the number of supporters that we have pulling together and trying their best to try and help the football club.

"It's important that we're all doing our part. Everyone is playing their part and has the best interests at heart to make sure we survive through this.

"That togetherness is what I try to build at football clubs, the chairman is the same, and it seems to me that we have a hell of a lot of supporters that are fully behind that and the support they've given us is absolutely fantastic.

"It's very much appreciated.”

The Saddlers are set to embark on a busy fixture schedule in October, starting with tomorrow’s trip to Forest Green Rovers.

Clarke insists every player in his squad will need to be ready to be called upon but is pleased how his team is looking and the relationships that are developing.

"There's good connections all over the pitch,” Clarke commented.

"We made quite a few changes the other night and they'll be quite a few changes tomorrow as well.

"We're now starting eight games in 28 days in October, so the balance of making sure lads in the squad have enough minutes.

"They need to be ready and had their minutes.

"It's pleasing to see that quite a few players the other day only made their second start for the football club and there's some good relationships on the pitch.

"The training work is coming to fruition to a certain extent but we know we need to get better, a lot better. But hopefully we're on the right path.”

Tomorrow’s game against Forest Green Rovers will be broadcast live on iFollow. Match passes are now available for £10 here.


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