I don’t really like sitting behind my keyboard suggesting someone should lose their job but as a stakeholder, 40 year season ticket holder, sometime shareholder and North Stand patron, Ive had enough of Nigel and its time for a change. If it were me, I would take out Ged Roddy too.
The football has been turgid, clueless and the team heartless. The recruitment with the exception of Elliott Lee has been poor. We haven’t replaced Aneke and Millar properly and so removed a lot of our attacking capability. Famewo plays like a cross between Franz Beckenbauer and Frank Spencer whilst Matthews and Gunter just haven’t played well.
For Nigel, the results and our League position speak for themselves . He has to go. I don’t know anything about Ged Roddy but coincidentally met someone last weekend who knew him from his days at Team Bath- he was very negative about his capabilities and suggested that success would be very difficult to achieve with Roddy’s hand on the tiller. It was suggested that our ex player, Matt Taylor, the Exeter manager, who worked with Roddy at Bath would have an interesting opinion. Anyway, regardless of that, once again for Roddy too the results say it all.
What would I do if I were the manager ?
I would immediately revert to 4-4-2 and play that every week. I would put Stockley back in the team and play him alongside Washington. Playing Davison in front of your only proven goal scorer is stupid.
In the middle, I would bring Dobson back to be the ball winner, he’s limited but he’s energetic and aggressive. I’d play DJ on one wing and maybe CBT on the other and tell them to get down the flanks relentlessly and lob balls into the box. Then I’d play Lee alongside Dobson. At the back, I’d bring back Purrington, he’s not a Championship left back but he is a proper League 1 left back. I’d drop Famewo and bring back Pearcey. I know that’s controversial but we are in the relegation zone, we need a fighter, a leader someone who does the basics right. Right back is a problem, I think Matthews is the better player but he’s had a complete nightmare so far this season. Lavelle and MacG pick themselves. On the bench I’d have Gilbey, Leko, Arter, Famewo and Gunter.
Just as another aside, for future recruitment at this level, I wouldn’t recruit anyone who plays international football whether that’s for Wales, N. Ireland, Eire or Montserrat. It’s impossible to play a settled team when the likes of Washington, Gunter and Arter are repeatedly away on International duty and frequently return knackered. The decision of Lyle Taylor to play football for Montserrat ( population 5,000) actually got us relegated from the Championship. It’s all very well when you are in the Premier League and have loads of those sorts of players but we , very obviously, do not.
I guess the problem for Thomas getting rid of Nigel is the length of his contract and potential pay off, however, if we carry on with him in charge relegation to League 2 seems a real possibility.
By the way, did I dream this but didn’t we beat Plymouth 6-0 away near the end of last season and they are now top of this division – how did that happen ???
I think for Nigel, who seems like a thoroughly nice, positive person, walking is great and now is the time to walk away.