Boss Jackson backs Shrewsbury squad to hit back after relegation heartbreak

Boss Mike Jackson believes there is a strong enough core of players at Shrewsbury Town to build a promotion-winning side next season.

Shrewsbury Town boss Mike Jackson
Shrewsbury Town boss Mike Jackson

Jackson, who took the managerial reins for the last four months of the season after the departure of Graham Turner, had spoken of the need for ‘major surgery’ to rebuild the playing squad following relegation to League Two.

It remains to be seen whether Jackson, whose deal as manager ran until the end of the season, will be given the chance to guide the team back from that setback after he was unable to halt the slide in his 19 games in charge.

He remains adamant that plenty of new faces will be needed to strengthen a team which had been over-reliant on loan players this season if it is to mount a push for an immediate return to League One.

But asked if there was a strong enough core of players at the club to build a promotion-winning side around, he said: “I think there’s some players in there with the potential to do that, with the right people in and around them. It is possible, of course it is.

“But it is about building a team now. You can’t build a team with 40 players, you can’t build a team with 20 loans. But you can build a team of your own players that will stick together.

“There’s a spine there that you could build around.”

Meanwhile, Town defender Alex McQuade has confirmed he has not been released by the club after a tweet sparked speculation to the contrary yesterday.

The former Bolton man, who joined Town last year but is out of contract this summer, tweeted: “Shrewsbury, it’s been a pleasure”, leading to speculation he had been released.

But McQuade told the Shropshire Star this was not the case. He said: “That was a tweet saying I am moving back to Manchester.”

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Comments for: "Boss Jackson backs Shrewsbury squad to hit back after relegation heartbreak"

Stretford Amber

I can't keep up with all the playing staff.

Can the Star or any correspondents tell me who is still contracted at the club for next season and whose expires now? thanks.

How about a Star article rating all 39 ( or however many) players were used - were anty value for money?


Having known our fate for at least a couple of weeks now - and realistically sometime before that - the Board continues to dither. As other clubs begin to announce released players and no doubt target new ones, Shrewsbury Town cannot decide on who their manager will be, let alone planning for next season. According to (out of contract) Jackson, it will be another 7-10 days before any decision is made. So what are they waiting for? Was relegation such an enormous shock that they now need the 'dust to settle' before making a decision? Is Jackson going to somehow win the board around in the next week following his three month in the job 'interview'? Are they all going on holiday? Goodness knows the board have had long enough to think about this.

They should either have appointed Jackson by now or discarded him and declared the search for a new manager. Whichever, at least that would have been positive.

But no, an inexplicable wait for both supporters and staff to add to their uncertainty when you'd have thought they would know exactly what they were going to do come 3 May. Clearly, the Board still doesn't know - and that's a worry.


total la la land , he has failed on every level as a manager.

we need someone with experience and connections to bring in the players we need.


i suspect the board is not dithering but interviewing, could paul tisdale or ryan giggs be in with a shout. is david moyes joining the board and becoming a football pundit. everything is on hold until the chairman speaks. in the vatican it is white smoke, in otely rd, it is a flight of moths around the chairmans wallet cheque book and 1951 visa card. please release a moth roland and give a clue! FLOREAT SALOPIA ATCHAM JACK DEVON