PAUL COX is pledging not to shy away from the ‘big decisions’ required to transform Guiseley’s fortunes.
The Nethermoor chief, whose side welcome Macclesfield Town this evening, is still awaiting the first victory of his tenure after five matches in charge of the Lions, albeit with four of those games ending up in draws.
Despite no win bonus yet, Cox had drawn positives from several of those games, but admits that he did not draw any whatsoever in Saturday’s hugely disappointing 3-0 National League reverse at Maidenhead.
It may have proved an eye-opener of an afternoon, but Cox believes that he learned plenty about his side nevertheless with their efforts crystallising in his mind which he feels is needed to kick-start Guiseley’s season.
Cox said: “I learned loads (on Saturday) and I will put that in the bag with the things I have learned since I have been at the club about my players and how to take the club forward.
“Now is the time to take decisions which may give us a bloody nose, but will take this club forward in the long term.
“I knew this was going to be a tough job when I came in, but now I am very clear about the progression now and what needs doing.
“I am positive about going forward. It might not be in the next two weeks, but now is the time to make big decisions and to really make those decisions to take the club forward.”
Admitting that he was frustrated by his side’s hugely deflating performance, which he took no positives from in terms of his side’s display on the day, he added: “I have seen it happen too often (now). I am a loyal person and I will work tirelessly for my players and they know that.
“But these days are becoming too inconsistent. And for something to be done, I need to make big decisions and I not scared to do that.
“I have always spoken to the board and the people behind the scenes who are 100 per cent behind my decision-making and they are backing me 100 per cent.
“The decisions moving forward will annoy some people (players). But I would rather know at the beginning of October than make these decisions in January.
“I am prepared to take things on the chin initially. I am very positive about what is needed for us to achieve our goals this season. We came to Maidenhead with sixteen players. That gives the manager a lack of options and it tells players that they are going to be playing, I am going to cure that.”
The contrast in form between third-from-bottom Guiseley and tonight’s fourth-placed opponents Macclesfield could not be more stark.
Whereas the Silkmen have won six of their last eight league matches and have triumphed in their past three away games, Guiseley are eight matches without a win, having taken just four points from the last 24 available with their sole three points this season arriving back on August 19.
Cox added: “Short-term, I am looking at things.
“But I am more concerned about the medium and long-term.
“I am glad that we are only in October because it gives me plenty of time to implement a plan.
“But I have got to work really hard now to do what I need to do.”