I'm not for one minute suggesting we should but who would be the likely alternatives who would actually take us forward?
Harry Redknapp (goodbye FFP) Mark Warburton (goodbye defending) Uwe Rosler Carl Robinson Steve Cotterill (similarly pragmatic to Mick but more defensive) Paul Tisdale Billy Davies (goodbye playing fair)
I'm sure there are others, any names people would throw into the hat?
Phil Parkinson seems to do alright tactically with Bradford
Are there any legends worth a punt on?
Terry Butcher Tony Mowbray Paul Marriner Matt Holland Fabian Wilnis
McCarthy and Connor need a serious discussion about how they can take the side forward, this result is another disappointing defeat in a disappointing 2015.
They need a frank conversation with Evans as to how they can take us forward for the rest of the season. If we miss out on a play-off place it's a huge c0ck up because whether we have spent money or not, we've made a lot of mistakes since the turn of the year and they've not only cost an automatic spot but even a play-off chance and that is a monumental balls up when you look at our position in January.
They also need to start thinking about next season and should the worst happen, how we can build a side next season to push for an automatic spot.
Evans needs to back McCarthy simple!
A younger more experienced Marcus Evans would have sacked McCarthy for this run, however I think he's learnt from the Magilton debacle at least I hope he has!
There are no better managers out there than McCarthy available, not who play a similar brand of football albeit with more tactical nous :p
The better one's out there are in the Premiership - Pullis, Allardyce, Pardew and at the very top Mr Mourinho himself. Their teams are all about organisation and work rate with a bit of quality rolled in. Mourinho is the tactical supremo, I suspect if you put him in charge of a small club he'd still get them to Premiership mid-table.
Unless there is a young prodigy out there who can be the next great manager, McCarthy is our best bet and we need to back him.
I think we have a solid squad in place but need some quality added to it so in the final hurdle we can win the big moments in games which you need for a play-off scenario.
I don't think we quite have it this season but please bookmark this post so you can lob it back at me when we win the play-off final :p
The level of spin in this election makes Alistair Campbell look like an amateur, watch this video and see what I mean
Don't believe it could be this contrived?
I'll throw you some classic examples of where the Tories have used these methods
Immigration - Cameron claimed he would cut immigration to the tens of thousands but it's actually gone up. They barracked the Labour Party for immigration going up but now they claim it's gone up due to a successful economy. That's exactly why it went up under Labour, 10 years of economic boom!
The Leadership Debates - At the last election, Cameron was all for them. Now he's using just about every excuse in the book to avoid them. Despite what he has been claiming in the media, his spin doctor has been tasked with preventing the TV Debates ever happening and is doing a cracking job of it!
Given the low turn out we get for elections, I'm all for the TV debates. It's a rare case of politics in Britain actually engaging with Joe Public.
The NHS - The Tories said there would be no top down reshuffle of the NHS but feck they did it any way. If you've been watching Look East (god help you) over the last five years, you'd think the NHS is about to implode.
We're all in this together - Mmmmmmm really, what about the criminals who caused this financial crisis, why have we not gone after them? In actual fact we've pardoned a vast sum of them. I believe we've jailed the fewest number of these people in any major democracy?
In the age of information where people are better informed than ever before, this breed of politics needs to go
A more mature brand of politics needs to come in, there's a reason for this disconnect and it's because the people rightly don't believe a thing these politicians say
Will it happen?
Probably not but following the Leadership Debacle, I'd like to see Social Media systematically destroy the Tories credibility with the young
The young need to be more engaged with politics, I feel they lose out because they are not the people who decide the election and in fact vote in such few numbers that governments can attack them knowing full well they will get away with it.
UKIP's rise is directly linked to the older generations, who are naturally more xenophobic, they grew up in a time with less immigration, not understanding immigrants because they were not brought up with them.
It's no coincidence that UKIP do considerably better in areas where there is little immigration :p
The Tories have deliberately tried to butter up the baby boom generation with cheap incentives for a Tory vote and it's a wise move in fairness. They are the generation who vote more than anyone else. Why?
Because they are the generation who have thrived most out of how Britain has developed, it's future generations who will not have it so good.
This next election really concerns me, I dread to think what the next five years will be like for the young if the Tories get another term in office.
The Tories want to bring back the work house, demonising all young people who can't find work as scroungers when in reality it's miles from the truth. It's quite simple, it boils down to experience, something the young rarely have.
Say what you like about Labour, they will do their best to help the more vulnerable sections of society. They may not be perfect but morally they are always the better choice.
All the Tories do is private more parts of the state to line the pockets of their rich friends.
There will come a time when there's nothing left to sell off :p
I've been a big fan for a while, I'd love it if we got him
Incidentally I think Sears is the pacey striker we needed also
Quality players in this League, who'd add a bit more quality by bournemouthblue13 Dec 17:32 to the very well built side MM has made?
James McClean at Wigan is player who I think would really improve us, very expensive though I suspect :(
There must be a few very good players out there though, the one thing I'd add to this side is a pacey winger with some end product and a pacey striker who runs the channels and makes a nuisance of themselves.
That would more or less be it though!
he's a seriously good manager to have a side with such a flimsy defence competing not just for a play-off place but actually even an automatic spot
When we gave them space to play and they used the width of the pitch they looked a very capable footballing side. They really made use of that extra man in the midfield and we were being played off the park. At the time I was thinking we've got to get a striker out wide and stop them down the wings.
They scored and you could see it coming
What did McCarthy do after their goal? Put Sears out wide when defending, I'm afraid it was a bit too late Mick!
All the faffing about nonsense at the back get's them into a whole world of trouble, it's fine for Barcelona who can pick a very capable footballing back five (including the keeper) but for a defence who frankly looked League One standard it's bonkers
Play the elaborate football in the final third, keep it simple closer to your own goal
I'm not sure why I'm giving them advice :p
Eddie Howe favours a similar approach although I suspect they're considerably better at doing it than Brentford
when McCarthy first came in, he went back to putting round pegs in round holes
However he's recently gone all a bit Roy Keane on us
Chambo who he persists on playing right back despite being the closest thing to a ball playing centre back we've got, steady enough defensively but exposed against quicker wingers and very limited going forward
Having a pairing of Smith and Berra worked when they were chipping in with a handy goals tally, however they haven't scored for some time now and their limited abilities on the ball puts us under pressure and forces us into hoofing the ball down the pitch far too often.
Playing Chaplow and Bishop, out of position on the right when we have the much maligned and under rated Anderson or the (according to training ground reports) pacey Connolly warming the bench.
Chaplow and Bishop will have a far greater effect on our play from the centre of the park
I suppose Parr is being played out of position as well but... Is looking better and better on the left wing
it works with McGoldrick because he drops deep and links the play up with Murphy and the wingers
We've changed the way we play now, having Murphy and Sears playing the classical big man little man combo and for that to be truly effective you have to have a more dynamic central midfield pairing
Both the two midfielders need to be good on the ball and able to get up and down the pitch, Skuse simply can't do that. He's too immobile and limited on the ball. This is a real problem.
It's made worse by having two very limited centre backs paired together and another centre back playing right back
The reason we hoof the ball is because Skuse, Smith, Chambers and Berra when pressurised don't have the technical ability or agility to work a ball along the ground, it's too high a risk and thus they have to take the easier option of launching the ball down the pitch.
I'd far rather have Chaplow next to Tabb, he's a far superior footballer on the deck, can pick a pass and will actually get forward when required, Skuse is very limited and not particularly mobile. Skuse is fine when against another midfield four but lacks the athleticism to deal with a midfield five.
Look at the chance Chaplow got in the first half, Skuse would never have got into that position
Chambers is solid enough but offers little going forward, get's exposed by quicker wingers and drastically reduces our ability to retain the ball.