Luton winger hoping for a chance under new manager

HATTERS winger Charlie Henry is hoping his first team chances will improve now that manager Gary Brabin has left the club, writes Mike Simmonds.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 5th April 2012, 9:00 am

After recovering from his long-term foot injury late last year, Henry was loaned to Aldershot, making six appearances, but since his return to Kenilworth Road he has barely featured.

When asked if a new boss could lead to more playing opportunities, he said: “That’s what I’m hoping for.

“It’s been really frustrating for me.

“I’d been out for over a year, I’d gone to Aldershot and played the last four games there and done well.

“I came back and wasn’t playing and haven’t started a game, apart from a few in the Trophy.

“I came on a couple of times, but of course, it’s frustrating as all I want to do is play football.

“Football’s a matter of opinions though and I’ll just keep working hard and see what it brings me until the end of the season.

“It’s sad to see Gary go, but it’s what happened. That’s football for you.

“Sometimes things happen for a reason. We’re going to bounce back and we should be all right to be in the play-offs.”

In the statement relieving Brabin of his duties, the club criticised some unnamed players for their efforts in recent weeks.

Reacting to that, Henry said: “I haven’t heard too much about it, but it can’t be just down to the manager, it’s down to the players as well for not producing, not finishing games off.

“It can’t be just down to one person, we’re a group and a team, so we’ve all got to take criticism.”

The boss had been barracked by supporters in recent matches, and Henry thought that fanpower, especially at Kenilworth Road, is a powerful tool.

He said: “They have got a big say, it’s a massive club, we’re the biggest club in the Conference and we’re expected to win every game.”

No new boss has been named yet, with the club and Henry hoping an appointment is announced before the trip to Braintree this weekend.

Henry said: “If we get a new manager it would be good.

“(Alan) Neilson and Cards (Paul Carden) are doing a good job from what I’ve seen.

“They work their socks off, but in managing, probably we do need someone to come in, just to get us over that line.

“We’ve just go to win our games, it’s as simple as that.

“There was a good result for us (on Tuesday night), my old team (Newport County) beating York.

“That was a plus, hopefully we can bounce back and get ourselves in the play-offs and get promoted.”

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