|A New Hope Has Quickly Turned into Carry On Screaming|
Written by parkinshair on Monday, 22nd Oct 2018 09:40
Looking back at my first blog at the dawn of the Paul Hurst era, it was written in the wave of optimism and new found hope that so many of us felt at the time.
I predicted a bumpy ride, but so far it's not so much been bumps as potholes, engineering works and a constant loop of Jason Durulo on the radio.
Hurtling towards November we sit bottom of the table, only one solitary victory, and walking slowly into the League One swamp that's claimed so many big scalps.
On paper Hurst ticks so many boxes, his first press conference was music to the ears, talk of wingers, pressing football, giving youth a chance, bringing the excitement back.
The West Ham friendly was seen by many as a promising sign of things to come only for us to see a majority of the youngsters who we felt staked a claim during the match loaned out and replaced by lower league players of varying degrees of ability.
Don't get me wrong, raiding the lower leagues, to me, is a route I've wanted us to go down for years. Walters, Cresswell and Mings have been just three of the success stories in recent times, but you need to complement that with experienced campaigners and we have now become top heavy with those trying to make the step up.
The football being served up hasn't improved either, if anything it's frequently worse than what his much maligned predecessor gave us. The QPR match a new low.
So where do we go from here? We stick with Hurst, a man used to success rather than failure but finding the Championship a steep learning curve, hope he learns from his mistakes and somehow limps through the season and approach the next with a few valuable lessons learnt or do we get rid now in the hope a more experienced manager takes us on and steadies the ship in much the same way Mick McCarthy did when he arrived?
As much as the club is renowned for giving a manager time, the atmosphere Saturday felt almost like the end of an era already, and the first real signs of supporters' frustration started to emerge.
This appointment always had an element of risk about it and I wouldn't be surprised if Marcus hasn't got a performance related 'Get out of jail free' card in the small print of Hurst's contract.
Whatever you may think of our owner, he's a successful businessman and I'd be surprised if he hasn't prepared for the situation which as it is can't go on. Either Hurst needs to come up with the goods quickly or we hand the reins over to someone who can at least get us firing again to some degree.
The next few matches could prove very telling on whether Marcus is planning to stick or twist and when you consider the feelgood factor and buzz that Hurst's appointment gave a majority of supporters back in the summer, it's almost inconceivable that it's failing so spectacularly.
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