Gainsborough Trinity boss desperate for new recruits
Steve Housham has sent out an SOS to his managerial contacts in a bid to arrest Gainsborough Trinity's dismal start to the season.
The Blues boss is scouring the transfer market for reinforcements having admitted he wants to strengthen the spine of his team.
Housham has already spoken to his contacts at Scunthorpe, Doncaster and even Chelsea in a bid to secure the signings which would help Trinity climb off the foot of the table.
His desire to strengthen the squad stems from a lack of competition which he feels has contributed to four straight defeats.
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And he claims the lack of strength in depth has left his players on "easy street".
"I want to strengthen right down the middle of the park," he said.
"I want a centre-back, a central midfielder and a striker and I've already been on the phone to numerous people.
"I've spoken to Scunthorpe, Doncaster and even somebody I know who is on the Chelsea staff about players that may be available.
"And I've told them that if they give me players then they will go straight into the team.
"Unfortunately, we are not blessed with too much strength in depth and that's left the players on easy street somewhat.
"They know they are guaranteed a place at the moment and that's not ideal."
Housham confessed not having the backing of Peter Swann has had a telling impact on the Blues after he left the club in the summer.
He is now the chairman at Scunthorpe and the lack of financial muscle at the Northolme is being acutely felt.
The lack of spending power saw them lose some of their star performers last season like Danny Hone, while Scunthorpe moved for Terry Hawkridge and Luke Waterfall.
But Housham refused to use it as an excuse.
"We lost a lot of good players over the summer and undoubtedly you are going to feel the impact of that," he said.
"But that's no reason as to where we are at this moment in time.
"The players' performances have not been good enough.
"They aren't letting me down, but themselves.
"They are the only ones who can put it right."