Re: Can we have the thoughts of Lord Dunc of Disordely??August 17 2010 at 8:28 PM
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Response to Can we have the thoughts of Lord Dunc of Disordely??
I wouldn't want to let you down...
I'm disappointed that we've ended up moving Blackwell out because that is a collective failure, and yes, the way and timing of it leaves little dignity for him. The writing has been on the wall for some time, and although certain warnings have been made plain along with the vote of confidence that he got from McCabe and Birch at the end of last season, it appears that he has not responded to them as the board would have expected. After problems with recruitment last year, we have seemed to go down the same route of not having the squad ready at the beginning of the season, and key injuries already.
When you have a top job like this, there is no such thing as failure, just success and excuses, but excuses soon become tired and eventually you run out of things to say. We know players get inured, we know there isn't a lot of spare cash in the club, but it doesn't help saying it over and over. When you are the top man, people look to you for leadership, for solutions regardless of the difficulties involved, and explaining the problems in more and more detail isn't going to cut it. It appears he'd got there, and there was nowhere left for anyone to go.
I have sat here and defended Blackie, not necessarily because I think he is a wonderful manager, but because he is nowhere near as bad as some of the terribly insulting and derogatory posts that have been made about him. He has some tactical limitations, thats for sure, maybe he isn't the nicest of people, he's been fine on the few occasions I've shared words with him, but he genuinely has SUFC in his heart and has worked incredibly hard to try and bring us success.
In the end, I think he appreciated that everyone wants to watch some football that is a bit more entertaining, but having had two squads of decent players sold from under him in three years, it was beyond him to raise himself for the effort again. He deserves our thanks for managing the club through turbulant financial times, and still remaining competitive, and I am saddened by the 'dancing in the streets' that appears to have come with his departure.
Anyway, the old one is gone, and so to the new one. An obvious appointment if ever there was one. We could have gone out and run a full recruitment process and maybe got Curbishley or someone else but I have no problems with Speed. He is a bright, likeable, very experienced football man, and having worked under some of the best managers of the last 20 years I would hope that he has quietly cherry-picked them for what will become his style. He is going to be a good manager, for sure, but I do hope that he is given some time, especially by the fine 'supporters' of this club, who seem to see the constant criticism of everything to do with it as their right and duty.
Personally I doubt if he will get the time he needs to make his mistakes and move to put things right. There is already a backwash from retaining Sam Ellis (you know that ex-pig who does nowt for us), although he must think highly of him to do so. The main issue is how long it takes him to get us playing attractive winning football. He's already and very deliberately put the emphasis on the 'winning' part of that statement, and if people are expecting pretty triangles at Middlesborough, then they are going to be very disappointed imho.
Do we have the squad to play that sort of attractive winning football? Can we recruit what we need in the next two weeks? Will we be happy playing ugly if it wins us some games in the meantime. I really dont know the answers to these, but I do think that the clock is already ticking and there is a pretty low threshold of pain in the stands. If we are still playing ugly and mid-table at Christmas, we wont be able to move for 'What a mistake' threads.
So, I seen another manager out at BDTBL. Can't even remember them all since John Harris, never mind count them. Hopefully I'll be here for quite a few more...