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Cheltenham chairman Paul Baker criticises his players

Paul Furley
Paul Baker's time as Robins chairman has seen them win three promotions

Cheltenham chairman Paul Baker has lambasted the efforts of his Robins players in their faltering bid to stay in the Football League.

Saturday's 1-0 defeat by Macclesfield has left the Robins only four points above the League Two relegation zone.

"If we had the level of commitment that our manager Mark Yates had when he was a player, we wouldn't be where we are now," Baker told BBC Gloucestershire.

"The players need to look at themselves and ask 'Did I earn my wages'?

Former Robins player Yates, who left Kidderminster Harriers to return to Whaddon Road as manager in December 2009, guided Cheltenham to safety last season.

But, after being in the play-off zone at the turn of the year, Cheltenham have now won just three times in 21 games.

And Baker pines for the sort of spirit that helped win promotion to the Football League back in 1999.

"The character of players is very different to when we had the likes of Chris Banks and Neil Grayson, who played in the same team as Mark Yates," said Baker.

"There was far more loyalty and passion for the club.

"Now they regard whoever they play for as their employer. And they are almost thinking that they can go somewhere else at the end of the season.

"They need a reality check. The ones who haven't got a contract need to be working hard and showing that they are worth one, because there aren't many out of contract who are going to get one at this rate."

Cheltenham have three games left, starting with the Easter Monday trip to relegation rivals Lincoln (25 April, 1500 BST).

They then host promotion-chasing Shrewsbury Town next Saturday, before finishing at bottom club Stockport, who have not been relegated yet and may still have something to play for on the final day.



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