|A Driven Individual and - So Far - a Serial Winner|
Written by monty_radio on Friday, 14th Sep 2018 13:59
In such a day as this when allowing your new manager and regime 10 games is considered the height of patience and sense and, by some, lenient nonsense, Paul Hurst is naturally incurring fans' spoken and written doubts after seven - albeit with an unrecognisable team.
Pointing out that Bobby Robson needed time and was, at one point, deeply doubted is, of course, deemed irrelevant because that was then and this is now.
It's a now when every public figure is on speed-dating as far as making a favourable public impression is concerned. And Hurst, being a nobody from somewhere or other, is being afforded even less time and credibility.
This is not the same as fan-anxiety. Being at the bottom is always deep-down discomforting and long winless runs will ever bring out the concern and, for us as football fans, the cynicism.
In this turmoil of consumer and client dissatisfaction a further victim tends to be trust. We expect that Marcus Evans sees what we see and that if he doesn't Specsavers are set to come calling.
We discount the long, painful process that preceded Hurst's appointment as we discount Evans's ability to be wiser than we are, even when his amassed fortune might just suggest otherwise.
But Evans, though obviously swayed by Hurst's confident manner and the feel he gives off of a-man-with-a-plan had something else to weigh in the balance - Hurst has, up to this point as a manager, been a serial winner. Four clubs with three promotions and a Shrewsbury near-miss play-off final is mighty impressive by any yardstick.
He continues under pressure to come across as a manager who knows exactly where he is going and just how he plans to get there. His recent comments around Bart, Dozzell and the loaning out of the younger players demonstrate that he manages by conviction and firmness.
Of course it could be that at almost 44 his rise has tailed off and that he will now settle down as just one more show-pony on the carousel of middle-age managerdom, but there's nothing to back that up - unless it's a poor start and the uber-discernment of the ultra-anxious fan that Hurst has finally been promoted to the level of his incompetence. But I'm not banking on it.
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