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Richard Money reacts to Luton Town fans' fears

Richard Money
Money's side have won half of their games this season

Luton Town manager Richard Money has launched a vehement defence of his tenure at Kenilworth Road.

Rumblings of discontent have emerged among sections of fans following Tuesday's 2-1 home defeat by Crawley.

Money told BBC Three Counties Radio: "If people want to demand what I hear they're demanding at the minute,[they should] be careful what they ask for.

"You may just get a manager who smashes everything up, throws too much money at it and puts the club in trouble."

He added: "If that's what you want, go and get it. I think we're doing an absolutely fantastic job at this moment in time."

The Hatters sit fourth in the Blue Square Bet Premier after 14 games, but are eight points adrift of leaders Crawley, who occupy the league's only automatic promotion spot.

Money became Luton manager in October last year, leading them to a second-place finish in the 2009-10 campaign.

But there has been an expectation that the club would match big-spending Crawley this time around.

"I took over 12 months ago an ageing, overhyped, overrated and overpaid squad of players," Money continued.

"Within 12 months we have a younger, more vibrant, more cost effective group of players which, in my opinion, is a lot better than the group we had last year.

"People should know the squad we have now costs 30% less than what it cost last year."

Tensions between the former Walsall manager and Luton supporters came to a head in August when Money confronted a group of fans for criticising one of his players after a 3-1 loss at Tamworth.


And now the Hatters chief feels he has been forced to defend his corner.

"If people are only going to be concerned with the short-term and want a team that hoof it forward and is not bothered about the long-term, then go and get somebody else," he said.

"In the league, since I've taken over, we've played 43 games and won 24, drawn 11, lost eight, scored 81 goals and conceded 36.

"If that isn't good enough for people they know what they have to do. Just keeping forcing the pressure, make the people upstairs a bit jittery, and it happens.

"Are they genuinely saying that if we're not top of the league and running away with the league every year that they're going to call for the manager's head?

"We have a real football club re-emerging at this place right now. We are moving so strongly in the right direction it's unbelievable."

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