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Davies delighted that Tisdale is staying

By HowardLsport  |  Posted: December 12, 2013


Welsh international Arron Davies. Picture: Pinnacle

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Arron Davies says he and the rest of the Exeter City squad are delighted Paul Tisdale has remained at the club.

Tisdale was heavily linked with a move to Portsmouth last week, with Richie Barker and Oxford United’s Chris Wilder also emerging as frontrunners.

Barker eventually took the job, but only after Tisdale held discussions with Fratton Park officials.

The manager has also been linked with vacancies at Swansea City, Reading and Swindon Town in the past, but winger Davies says he is glad the 40-year-old has stayed put.

“Speaking from a personal point of view, I am delighted he stayed and so are the rest of the squad,” said the 29-year-old.

“It was a shock and when a story like that appears you do worry they might leave.

“It wouldn’t have been good timing. I’ve been at clubs when managers left halfway through the season and it’s very difficult.

“Stability is one of the main things in football and clubs seem to be changing managers every few months and I don’t think it does the club any good.

“I think he’s the second-longest serving manager behind Arsène Wenger. He’s shown great loyalty to the club and I am sure everyone is glad he stayed.”

Davies was brought to St James’s Park by Tisdale in the summer of 2012 after a season at Northampton Town.

And the Cardiff-born wideman said it is little surprise a manager of Tisdale’s calibre is often linked with other clubs.

“He has been linked in the past with jobs but that’s what happens when you are a top manager,” he said.

“It is fairly normal when a job comes up outside the Premiership, he is linked with a lot of them.

“Tis has shown a lot of faith in me, I’ve played plenty of games and he’s always said good things about me.

“He is not the type of manager to let you get on with things. If he has something to say, he’ll say it. He has helped my career no end and he has helped me improve as a player day by day and game by game.”

With Tisdale staying, it means the players can now focus on Saturday’s trip to face Accrington Stanley.

James Beattie’s men are one of the division’s form sides despite losing 1-0 at Northampton last time out.

Having already been knocked out of the FA Cup, City will have had a two-week break heading into the match, and Davies believes they are better off for it.

“I think the break has come at a good time for us. It is the first break we have had all season and it does take a toll on your body,” he said.

“It’s almost been like a mini pre-season in terms of freshening things up and taking information on board, so it has been a good two weeks for us.”

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