DAVE Moore has held his first pre-match press conference as Caretaker manager, after taking temporary charge following the departure of Paul Hurst earlier this week.
When questioned about the fitness of his squad Dave confirmed "there are only two concerns on the injury front". Dave will be without the services of veteran defender, Ben Davies and midfielder, Sean McAllister. "Ben Davies won't make it with a calf strain and Sean McAllister won't make it with a groin problem." When asked about the scope for return, caretaker boss Moore confirmed "Sean saw a specialist in Bradford yesterday and he probably will be having a minor operation which will put him out for a while. With Ben Davies, best case scenario would be looking at him pushing for the Bolton game next Saturday, worst case scenario would be the weekend after that".
Following the injury questioning, Dave was asked about the 'professionalism' of his players, following the departure of Paul Hurst after a number of years at the club. "They've been very good", replied Moore. "Look, every single one of them have been at a football club where the manager has left for one reason or another. Managers come and go in football and as professional football players, for everybody that is disappointed that Paul has gone, that's the 11 that started last week, the other 11 aren't too worried because they get a fresh chance when the new guy comes in and that's the same wherever you are."
Despite looking at the squad as a whole and those looking to make impressions, Dave Moore does not expect many changes to be made on Saturday. "I'm certainly not looking to make any radical changes or anything like that, the style of play away from home has been good. I'm not looking to change because I think we've been okay".
The Mariners travel to Yeovil Town on Saturday looking to extend their unbeaten away run to 5 games. Saturday's hosts head into the fixture in strong form as well, winning their previous 3 games 1-0. "For any team to get 9 points out of 9, they've picked up form." Despite the form of our hosts, Moore feels the Mariners are prepared. "Nowadays, you get so much information, we've got scouting reports, video clips and lots of bits and pieces so we know what they're based on. There are things for us to work at, but we are certainly going to an in form team".
Looking forward to the rest of the season, the caretaker manager was asked about the clubs realistic chances of finishing in the automatic promotion places, to which he had a positive response. "I think for a team in the play off positions now with 25 to 28 games left to play, to say they couldn't move up 2 or 3 places would be a bit negative", said Moore. "I'm certainly not saying that the next manager who comes in will say I will get you automatic promotion of course he won't. But, is it realistic with this squad with a couple of additions in January, maybe it is yes."
Following the team news questions, Moore was asked about whether he would stay on for as long as it takes for the GTFC Board to appoint a successor. "Yes, I see my role as steering the ship, i'm not saying we're going to improve dramatically, but hopefully we're not going to deteriorate dramatically. I'd like to be in a position where we can go along okay and we can give the board of directors a chance to take their time." He was also quick to point out that even if a successor is appointed swiftly, he would have no problem allowing the quick turnaround. "We're going to be a professionally run outfit", said Moore. "If they have to take their time, that's fine, if they appoint somebody next Monday, also that suits me just fine".
You will be able to catch Dave Moore's first pre-match press conference over on Mariners PlayerHD later this afternoon.
Tickets for Yeovil can be purchased on the day, or pre-booked by calling the Yeovil ticket office on 01935 847888.