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Blackwell's surprise at Tomlins departure

But boss focuses on Plymouth and relegation fight

New Luton boss Kevin Blackwell has admitted he has been left surprised by chairman Bill Tomlins' resignation amid an FA inquiry into financial irregularities at Kenilworth Road.

Tomlins' departure comes just two weeks after the appointment of Blackwell, who was brought in to replace the sacked Mike Newell.

And Blackwell said: "I spoke to Peter Reid about it and he said 'you're beginning to get a reputation'.

"At Leeds I had four chairmen in six weeks!

"But what happens at that level, I can't control. It's disappointing, but that's life."

Blackwell said he was unaware that any FA investigation had been taking place when he joined Hatters.

But on the prospect of any possible points deduction as a penalty to any possible breach of laws, Blackwell said: "I can't affect that.

"I came from a club in crisis before and you just have to get on with it, it's as simple as that."

While Luton may look unsettled off the pitch, things aren't much better on the field with Ahmet Brkovic and Dean Morgan adding to the injury list for rock-bottom Town, who have just four games left to try and stave off relegation.

Both players are thought to be out for the season after picking up knocks in the 3-2 Easter Monday loss at QPR.

Brkovic was today seeing a specialist for his serious eye injury while Morgan has damaged ankle ligaments.

Fellow sidelined pair Sol Davis and Leon Barnett returned to training today, but are not expected to feature against Plymouth on Saturday.

Paul Underwood played 45 minutes for the reserves in midweek, but after more than a year out of action and his fitness levels still well below par, the 33-year-old is not expected feature before the season is out.

The problems mean that Kevin Foley, who has been struggling on with an ankle problem for some weeks now, will have to put off needed surgery in order to stay available for selection.

Blackwell, however, believes that his side are now due a victory and hopes that this weekend could see a first win under his stewardship.

He said: "Any professional sports person will tell you that you can't win games if you're not performing well.

"You need to get your performances to where you want them to be and we're very close to winning games now."

He added: "What I'm pleased about is that we played with a high tempo at QPR and that's the way I like to play.

"The result wasn't right, but we've had a lot of praise from people who watched that game.

"Even QPR couldn't believe how much brighter and better than them we were and that was us playing QPR when they're in the middle of the best run of their season."

Still Luton need a minor miracle to survive the drop as they currently lie seven points from safety and with two of their four remaining games being against the division's top two sides.

The club's plight on and off the pitch has led many to predict a low attendance for Saturday's game against the Pilgrims.

But Blackwell added: "Some fans have questioned the commitment of certain players and whether they want to play for the club, but they've got to realise there's a new regime here and they are playing for their future at the football club.

"People who go to work each week would give their right arm to play for Luton Town and the players need to show that same commitment.

"Even if they aren't playing well it doesn't mean they can't tackle or put the effort in and that's what the fans want to see."

 
 
 

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