Waddle Not for Turning; I Won't Change, I Won't Sacrifice My Beliefs. I Feel We're an Unlucky Team '

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ROCK bottom in Division Two and without a single League goal must seem a million miles away from the cut-and-thrust of attempting to qualify for the World Cup finals.

Roll back the years and the unmistakable figure of Chris Waddle would have been centre stage in England's preparations for the next big challenge.

While Moldova do not figure in his current considerations, the likes of York City on Saturday and where the first goal is going to come from, certainly do.

Burnley entrusted their immediate future to the hands of Waddle, his first job in soccer management.

After six games, a club which has in the past rubbed shoulders with the best of them finds itself embedded on the Division Two floor and still searching for that first elusive goal.

But this young manager is not for turning. 'I've been surprised at how many teams favour the long ball in this division and there are a few who will be looking down at us and saying that they have got it right,' said Waddle.

'But I won't change, I won't sacrifice my beliefs. I know the fans want to see winning football as well as attacking football. I'm no different. It's just a case of striking a happy medium and we're not far away. Last season both Crewe and Stockport showed you could go up playing a passing game, and that's our aim.' Waddle knows that reputations cannot deflect the barbed comments or brickbats which go hand in hand with the dreaded relegation zone, especially at a club with a big crowd potential and lofty ambitions.

He said: 'Some people will look at the start we've made and ask questions.

Certainly opposing fans have made the most of it and done their share of mickey-taking. …