Paul: It's Tough

Paul Goddard confesses that he is still coming to terms with the departure of Glenn Roeder, the man who brought him back to the club two years ago.

"It was a disappointing few days for the club because everyone appreciated how hard Glenn worked to try and get things right, and everyone was very sad for him," he says.

"But football has to go on, despite what you think, and a game has to be played. We got a result on Tuesday and I am sure Glenn is over the moon that we did."

Glenn made a phone call to Trevor Brooking on the day of the game to wish the players good luck and Paul adds: "It typifies Glenn that he was big enough in that situation to send a 'good luck' message to all the players.

"I have been in football many years, I'm not sure how many now but it is rolling on, and I have seen a lot of things happen.

"Unfortunately what has happened in the last six months at our club has really broken all new grounds.

"That is from Christmas last year and everything that happened with results turning and Glenn falling ill, then obviously the club's position during the summer, then Glenn getting dismissed after four games.

"They say 'never be surprised in football', but it has surprised me and you just have to get on with things.

"When you first hear you are shocked and you talk to try and reason it out, but it is done and there is nothing more to be said about it now anyway."

As for whether he will apply for the now vacant job, Paul adds: "I am not going to make any comment on questions like that. It is ongoing and as soon as something is resolved for everyone, the players, the club, and the staff, the better.

"It is very, very important that the right person gets put in place to carry the club forward at a very difficult time."

As for the playing side, Paul says that bringing in a left back to replace the injured Rufus Brevett is vital, and adds: "It is a priority. Myself, Trevor, and Roger Cross had a long talk after the game on Tuesday and prioritised what we think we can try and get.

"It goes on from Glenn as well because he spent the last month constantly speaking to different managers about players that we might possibly have, but it is not as easy as people might make out."