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2 pointsWell, he could hardly have been clearer why O'Driscoll had to go: "Let's face it, his playing record was poor. Sean's time here was very poor. He was here for 10 months, we won very few games and got relegated rather tamely. We haven't made an impact in L1 and haven't played very good football. His departure was down to the fact he hasn't done a good job at this football club in terms of results, where we are in the league, and morale around the football club." About as damning as you can be, no wonder if he can't understand why many fans are unhappy about SO'D's dismissal. Poor results, poor football, embarrassingly tame relegation, terrible morale inside the club and in the stands, no real signs that things would improve to avoid another whimpering relegation, and positive proof he wasn't up to the fight last season. Of course he had to go, and I hope, if SL does read this forum, he realises that many other fans back the decision to get rid of such a disastrously failing manager 100%.
2 pointsBut if SL is being let down by those below him, surely he needs to accept that his board room team needs to be improved and take responsibility for making those appointments? I didn't get the impression from his interview that he felt there was a problem. What I found sad about Steve's interview was how out of touch he seems with fans' opinions. This is especially so when you look back at how united we were under GJ's tenure. For example he couldn't understand that many fans weren't happy about SOD's dismissal - yet if he did read this forum he would understand why. Pretty much rubbishing the 5 pillars as something every other club has when we've been told time and time again how important it is as City's strategy felt like adding insult to injury. Surely there is a way that Steve could be more in touch with the fans and address their concerns directly, perhaps building some bridges in the process? I appreciate he's in Guernsey but there are such things as q and a's on Twitter, web chats etc surely? Steve is outraged at the way that Jon has been criticised and as a Father I would find some if the abuse intolerable too. Equally though respect has to be earned and perhaps if Jon was seen to be working more closely with Steve and listening to and addressing fans concerns more, that respect would be more forthcoming. Still, what do I know? I bought into the whole SOD and five pillars strategy ...
1 pointWhilst that may be true, the evidence is suggesting that they absolutely don't back him being sacked to be replaced by Cotterill.
1 pointTim, I obviously have the opposite opinion to you here, but don't want this to turn into an argument so gonna try something different and be polite! Firstly, is blindly supporting really supporting the club? What if SL isn't all good? What if this club no longer has its biggest asset under its control? Isn't blindly allowing that akin to what's happened at Cardiff to at least some degree? secondly, I don't know that he has done everything in his power. Since he left the country and gave control of the club to hi unqualified son and some other god-awful appointments (with the benefit of hindsight, Guy Price, Kev Smith et al have all been dreadful) this club has plummeted on and off the field. As I've said before though, I don't see anyone who wants him out. not anyone worth listening to anyway. I do see a lot of people unhappy with how badly the club is being run at the moment who want improvements to be made. Is that really an unfair desire?
1 pointAs much as I personally don't want to see SL leave this club, it always amazes me how many people are convinced we won't survive without him. 91 other football league clubs seem to be surviving, and the majority of them are better placed in the league than us !