Barker Returns to Moss Rose

By Editor
Last updated : 27 October 2006
Speaking to the Mansfield CHAD this week, Barker spoke of his return to Macclesfield, and the dangers of facing a team without a win so far this campaign ""I have scored against my former clubs Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham but I haven't got one against Macclesfield yet. Hopefully I can score that on Saturday."

"The law of averages says they are going to win a game eventually. I just hope it's not on Saturday.

"You don't like to see your former clubs struggle and I hope they start getting results and stay up - but after Saturday. I enjoyed my time there.

I understand they had about 50 applicants for the job and Paul Ince was thought to be the best candidate. Jobs are few and far between for managers and Paul has to start somewhere.

"I believe it is local to him so it's not far to travel. And it's no lose for him really. Everyone expects them to go down already so if he keeps them up he would be a hero.

"A new manager can bring a reaction from a team. But he can't make too many changes with the transfer window and can't play himself.

"We hope we can get our first away win. We are three unbeaten this month and that is the way up this division. If you can manage to get your unbeaten runinto double figures then the league takes care of itself."

Barker himself is back amongst the goals, hopefully putting recent critisism behind him for his 'drought', he told the Nottingham Evening Post ahead of the trip to Moss Rose "I saw on telly that Marcus Bent went 17 games without a goal and Shevchenko went ten games - well, they didn't pay £30m for me.

"Once you get past 30 people are always going to keep saying you're past it. I don't mind people saying I'm having a bad time, but I'm 31 so to say I'm finished is a bit harsh.

"I hate saying it, but form is temporary and class is permanent. I'm not saying I'm a class player, but I'm not a bad player.

"I've got two and a half years left on my contract so no doubt I will have to put up with a lot more of people saying I'm finished."

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