|Be Careful What You Wish For... Which Was?|
Written by parkinshair on Monday, 23rd Jul 2018 11:41
With the Paul Hurst era beginning in earnest in just a couple of weeks, so begins a new dawn, a new day, a new start, as the song goes. A change was needed.
The thought of McCarthy staying on didn't bear thinking about for a number of well-documented reasons.
After what seemed like a lifetime of gazing at Jack Ross's cardigan and pointy boots and Paul Hurst in Shrewsbury limbo whilst they navigated their way to the play-offs we finally got our man.
On the whole an appointment that was been given the seal of approval by supporters, however, you don't have to delve too deeply to find a few unconvinced voices, which I think begs the question. What do the unsatisfied want?
We want an up and coming manager! Tick, Paul Hurst isn't one of the managerial merry-go-round. We could have had Grayson, Holloway, Pardew, McClaren! No thanks. We have our young, hungry manager!
We should be looking at the lowers leagues! Tick, Paul Hurst's recruitment so far has been one Premier League youngster and two players from lower divisions (at the time or writing) the right side of 30.
Unproven at this level, but if he had gone for experience we would have heard cries of "journeyman" or "Premier League reject".
The third and to me biggest tick, and one of the biggest criticisms of the McCarthy era, is Hurst has taken a massive sledgehammer to the Mick clique of players whose names were written on the teamsheet in permanent marker.
Under Hurst, nobody is safe. He has made it abundantly clear, you perform. Any half measures and rapid improvement is required or you're out of the door, 'Chambo' won't be guaranteed a fist pump following victory.
Personally, I think Hurst is a man with great potential to take this club forward. He isn't afraid to tackle owner Marcus Evans (Ireland cancelled, Spain it is), he certainly isn't afraid to challenge players, which has certainly become apparent in interviews, what's more he's hungry for success and isn't content to keep things ticking over, picking up a pay check, and taking the heat off Evans.
Nobody is expecting this to be an overnight success. We could be in for a bumpy ride as it will take time for a new manager with very different ideas to impose his will and build his team.
But us fans have suffered mediocre performances for too long. Let's give Hurst time a bit of faith and our full support and just maybe he will build us a team to be proud of once again.
There will no doubt be casualties along the way, we won't always agree with his decisions, but for a majority of us, we got what we wished for. And I for one am glad.
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