MICK WADSWORTH reckons his experience as manager of Town will pay off as he leads Scottish crisis club Gretna into tomorrow’s match against Rangers.
The Premier League’s basement club have not ruled out administration after it emerged staff, including players, had not been paid their weekly wages.
Owner Brooks Mileson has been seriously ill in hospital, although he was yesterday released after treatment for a brain infection.
And head coach Davie Irons has left to take over at Greenock Morton, a division below, leaving Wadsworth in caretaker charge.
Manager when Town went into administration and were relegated to the basement division in 2002-03, Wadsworth has just had an interview for the Canadian FA technical director vacancy.
For the time being, he is focused on Gretna, where he arrived as director of club development in the summer of 2006, becoming director of football last summer.
“Sadly this isn’t a situation which is new to me,” said the 58-year-old.
“When I was manager at Scarborough we were in a hellish financial state and during my third year I paid the YTS players their wages myself on Christmas Eve.
“We had to sell a 14-year-old to Manchester City to bring in some money but that wasn’t enough to stop my car being repossessed and the bailiffs coming into my office to take away my television and video.
“And in my spell at Huddersfield, the players went without wages for three months, so this isn’t unchartered territory for me.
“What we can do is work hard, hope and pray for a positive conclusion.”