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Written by SWGF on Thursday, 20th Sep 2012 10:06
Fans going through the motions, apathetic to defeats, treading water until Marcus Evans decides to pull the trigger and the whole cycle starts again from scratch.
In the current climate, why would ME fund any player investment if there's the possibility that the current manager will be replaced and his successor looks to dismantle what's been put in place at ME's expense YET AGAIN?
From my point of view, we're in another downward spiral. Yes, we may win on Saturday but it'll be followed by a few defeats, prolonging the inevitable. Do the majority of fans have trust and faith that Paul Jewell can turn this around? We've already put up with last season's record run of defeats. I'd suggest that in itself has done enough damage not to give him any more wriggle room and patience is understandably wearing thin.
The Portman Road crowd isn't the most vociferous when things are going well or badly. Sleepy Suffolk is about right, so we're never going to be screaming for the manager's head. The olés at Keane's expense (at home against Barnsley) were as anarchic as we get but were something that he never recovered from, but the current 'meh' atmosphere within the ground and the dwindling attendances are ringing alarm bells within the boardroom, I'm sure.
I'm also sure that ME doesn't want to be seen to be a hair-trigger owner, but he has already stood by Jewell when many would have got rid during the dark days of last season. Stability is required but that can only come about from appointing the right man in the first instance.
Jewell hadn't been in work for years, Soccer Saturday apart; his last success with Wigan was at a time that they were being bank-rolled when they were in a small minority. No clubs had their spending power in the Championship (or whatever it was called at the time). Nowadays, for whatever reason, ME is happy to be relatively prudent with the cash while our competitors are spendthrifts in comparison.
As has been said previously however, would you trust ME/Simon Clegg to appoint the 'right' man? Their track record isn't great so far. Gary Megson's on the market and if you believe the stories, was on the short-list last time out...
Would they trust a young manager to turn the malaise around or would they go for an experienced manager who's not necessarily going to be interested in long-term plans and projects - not that we, as paying customers, have ever been deemed important enough to communicate any planning or strategy to (if there has been one).
In my eyes, Jewell has had long enough. He hasn't shown me any indication of the progress that needs to be made - whether this is his fault or the fault of others not giving him the requisite backing, we may never know. Last season's bizarre moving of goalposts from long-term planning to short-term wins to long-term planning shows muddled thinking.
The highlighting of the club's "bright future" citing someone else's player as evidence (Luongo) along with two players who are in the last year of their contract, and the "lessons learned" from last season's reliance on loanees followed by 75% of last night's midfield being contracted to someone else, just doesn't add up. The actions don't match the words.
A (relatively) young manager who's looking to prove himself and would welcome the step up would be my preferred option but with a publicly communicated plan and strategy so fans can buy-in to the vision. We'd understand it was a long-term job, that he'd be backed internally and given time to carry it through. I think as fans, we're reasonable (and mostly grown-up) enough to go with it.
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