seems to sum up Hurst’s first few months managing ITFC. Massive positive response when he arrived, then didn’t quite work out as well as hoped, followed by obviously flawed decision making to prolong the lean spell.
There’s a sense of inevitability building, which feels like it can only end with Hurst leaving (while there might be other options like the appointment of a DoF, that seems very unlikely). Ignoring the sales of players who wanted to leave anyway, for me the real negatives of Hurst’s short tenure have been his early and very public disrespect for senior pros, the recruitment which appeared, initially, to have a purpose but which became increasingly desperate, the willingness to develop other teams players rather than our own and most recently the obvious shedding of any principles in order to get a result.
As others have pointed out Hurst is not a rookie manager, he has 10 years in the job. If he has lost the dressing room (and there are enough long term and credible posters indicating that he and his management team have done so) then he needs a very quick turnaround or he will be gone - I can’t see fans or Evans giving him much more leeway - shame but the club comes first.