Last night when I read Rich Cawley’s tweet about the appointment of Ben Garner, I was quite angry and my first headline was just ’Underwhelmed’ – but I’ve learnt that when you are angry, its best to sleep on it first before posting. Having slept on it, I think he is a perfectly acceptable new manager.
Ben is relatively young, he performed miracles at Swindon last year on no money and they played decent football ( if I’m honest I don’t really care how we play so long as we win , but generally unless you are Stoke the two go hand in hand). He must have a good knowledge of the best lower league players where we will need to fish given our position and likely budget. He is generally highly regarded in the game, his spell at Bristol Rovers excepted and he will have learnt tons from that.
The most important factor will be our recruitment of players, not our choice of manager. If TS manages to recruit some really good League 1 players, any decent manager will do well.
I always think that Lee Bowyer was overrated because I could have got a team with a midfield of Aribo, Cullen, Bielik, Williams, Fosu, Pratley, Lapslie and Morgan promoted. Thats not to mention a Back 5 that included, Bauer, Sarr, Pearce, Phillips and Djksteel. We should have gone up automatically !
Anyway, lets give Ben our vocal backing and lets hope TS, Steve Gallen and co find the players.
Its funny, I was thinking how the appointment of Lennie Lawrence would have gone down with supporters in the age now of Twitter and social media. Just imagine, Charlton promote a coach who was recently a schoolteacher in Croydon. Imagine the abuse that would have generated for the owners.
Anyway, he turned out to be a bloody genius and led us back to the Premiership in 1986 after 29 years in the wilderness.
Just maybe Ben will be our Lennie for the 2020’s
Keep the faith – COYA