Writer: J P Fear
Date:Monday January 14 2013
So, well, I didn`t expect to be asking this at this stage of the season I have to be honest.
Things are obviously not going well and blame is being pointed all over the place including our new manager.
So, albeit with reticence, I guess we`ll have to ask in the poll.
Should Paul Lambert resign/be sacked.
I`m not a great one for calling for managers heads, never really been a thing of interest for me, certainly never in articles 'do this, do that` etc... Maybe with owners, but not usually managers!!!
But it is up for debate, to me it looks like we are heading one way and to me this was pretty obvious when we decided to not bring in a bit of experience with the young players. My information is that it was Lamberts policy, maybe he did think the senior players he had here would do better for us? That said, he dropped Bent fairly quickly (after scoring v Saints) and never tried Warnock, I did think when a new manager came in, it would signal a fresh start for all. Warnock under MON when he first came I thought was brilliant.
Bit of an incoherent ramble this, so to the question. Should they gamble and keep him and hope he can keep us up? Or should they gamble and sack, bring in someone else in the hope that the new man has the 'honeymoon` effect and gets us enough points to stay up?
Not easy is it? Especially as this is a manager that the majority seemed very happy to be getting.
Personally, if I was the manager, I`d have offered (up to Randy if he accepted) after a record breaking 8-0 loss. No way, after spending £22 ish million in the summer and with our squad (which fair enough, is also not a top 10 one) should we be being humiliated. Or after the 4-0. Or after losing 3-0 to Wigan. BUT most especially after losing 3-1 to a 4th division side.
But hey, that is just me, a quitter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I had said in the summer, with our squad, I feared relegation, you can`t put all the young players in a team and expect them to be able to face experienced, older players and teams with the correct blend (younger and older). I also said whether we go down or not, I`d stick with Lambert. Having seen the ridiculous formation changes, the playing players out of position, the way he almost looks defeated himself sitting on the bench, I`m not very much not of that mind. I`m in the 'what the hell is going on and what the hell should we do` mind. I`m sure the owner, CEO, manager, coaches, players and most fans are of a similar mind.
One thing is for sure, in my humble, and a point that many seem to be missing, these young players are being damaged. Some will be good enough, some are now, but they still need help (as per all the pundits, and our former players/heroes like Big Ron, Laursen, Dublin, Merse, Yorke etc have said) and haven`t go any. Imagine how they are feeling? And no, the 'they are on good money` doesn`t wash. They are still humans, they will be feeling humiliated and you can see now, as soon as we go a goal down, they are all 'oh no, not again`. Not a good situation to have put them in. Not good at all. In fact, I`d say it was negligent. If a pratt like me could see the blend was just not right, how could a £2m a season manager not see it? He's played at the top level, surely he remembers being a young player?!
Ramble over. Vote away, poll on the right hand bottom of the page (and in article comments/forum comments, can we please respect each others views, I`m fed up of some of the responses to each other, fans are fans, we all want the same thing no matter how different we see the way forward)
Forum threads (adult language, not really suitable for the feint hearted or kids)
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