Ballymena United boss Glenn Ferguson is primed to wield the axe for Saturday’s Premiership clash against Crusaders at Seaview.
The former Linfield hit-man is still seething following his team’s toothless performance against a make-shift Glentoran side, which included a number of rookie teenagers, last Friday night.
With and crucial Irish Cup semi final appearance against minnows Queen’s University on the horizon, Ferguson has warned his troops, ‘places are now up for grabs’.
“I was totally embarrassed with the performance at the Oval,” fumed Ferguson. “If players think they can pick and choose games to perform in, they are in for a rude awakening.
“Even though there was only one change, it looked an entirely different team to the one that won so impressively against Dungannon Swifts in the Irish Cup quarter final the previous week.
“Our work-rate was poor . . . our performance was poor; we had absolutely no quality about us, it was embarrassing. I simply took no positives from the game.
“Our attitude was wrong. When our boys saw the Glentoran team sheet they thought it was going to be easy and they ended up getting their backsides kicked. We were outworked, outplayed and outscored.
“What made it even more annoying is the fact we had a chance to move up to fifth place in the table, which would have hardened our challenge for a top six place.”
Ferguson has warned everyone is now playing for the place in the cup semi final.
“Apart from ‘keeper Aaron Shanahan there is not a single player guaranteed his place in the cup semi-final,” fumed a still angry Ferguson.
Recent P’ship form (latest on left): Crusaders L-D-L-W-D; Ballymena L-W-D-L-L
Last 4 league meetings: Ballymena 1 Crusaders 0, Crusaders 1 Ballymena 2, Crusaders 5 Ballymena 1, Ballymena 2 Crusaders 1.
Prediction: Crusaders 2 Ballymena 2