Foley staying focused
By James Evans
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Kevin Foley insists Luton's players are staying focused following Mike Newell's exit.
Luton Town defender Kevin Foley has told skysports.com the club's players are not distracted by the ongoing speculation surrounding a possible successor to Mike Newell.
The Republic of Ireland youth international spoke frankly about Newell's dismissal from the Kenilworth Road post he had held for four years prior to his sacking last week.
"The news came as quite a shock to us - in fact, the first many of us heard about it was when it came up on Sky Sports News," said Foley.
"As players we always had a lot of time for Mike and the fact he went about everything in an honest and genuine way speaks volumes for the kind of manager he was. Maybe that was his downfall?"
It has been rumoured that the Luton board will this week make a straight decision between Kevin Blackwell and Bruce Rioch for the Kenilworth Road hotseat, though former managers Joe Kinnear and David Pleat have also been linked with the club, along with legendary hitman Mick Harford.
In addition, current caretaker-manager Brian Stein has put himself forward for the job, and in the short-term is tasked with boosting confidence in a small squad that has suffered badly after the departure of four big names this season.
The Hatters currently sit four points from safety just one off the foot of the Championship.
"Effectively we've lost three or four of our best players, and any side who had to contend with that would struggle. I think the departure of Rowan Vine in January really hurt us," Foley continued.
"But there's a good spirit around the camp and there's no time for excuses, because we know we all need to dig in to get out of this mess.
"Everyone here has got a single goal in mind and that's to keep Luton Town in the Championship."
Luton have lost their last six league matches, though come up against out-of-form Burnley - who have gone nineteen games without a win - in their next fixture on March 31st.