Firstly, please forgive the ramblings of this occasional poster. I haven’t been able to bring myself to read much in this forum since 5pm yesterday. These results seem to hit me harder these days than ever before. I think the phrase “it’s the hope that kills you” is pertinent here!
I may be accused of some fence-sitting here but I’m torn currently.
I make no secret of the fact that I wanted Cook here from the outset. I still think his credentials make him the outstanding candidate.
However with every poor result and unconvincing performance I am moving from holding a ‘belief’ that things will click to more of a ‘hope’ that it will.
Case for the prosecution: • We are so fragile. Evidenced by our inability to hold on to leads. • Linked to this, our game management is really poor. And this in spite of having a vastly experienced manager, a highly rated captain and some of the brightest talent at this level • The manager seems so unable/unwilling to flex his tactical approach even when it is clear that momentum is swinging against us (not unique to him though. See Mick Mc as another exponent of this stubbornness) • I know there’s plenty of games to go but with every dropped point we are falling further down the mountain we are trying to climb
Case for the defence: • We are free scoring (something we haven’t been for years) and it is so much more entertaining to watch. We mustn’t forget the last few years of turning up to PR to games when literally nothing would get us out of our seats. • the players we’ve brought in seem to have excellent attitudes and seem very committed to the club and community alike • Cook has so much more about him than the last few managers. He’s a decent man, a football man who speaks honestly and seems to understand the plight of the fans. • We’ve invested so much in this project and much of it seems reliant on Cook. The risk involved in sacking him is pretty big in that it may require another overhaul of the playing and coaching staff. • An early shift in direction could also undermine the fans’ faith in our new ownership • There is no guarantee that a different manager would perform any better
My verdict: • The best ‘hope’ we have is to stick with Cook and hope that things come good over the next month or so and we see some consistency in our performances. We need to be able to trust this group of players and their manager that we will not be such a soft touch. Upcoming tough away games may help to demonstrate this. They could obviously further highlight our ongoing frailties.
The bottom line is us fans deserve to see some success at this club. Cook in? Cook out? There is risk attached to both of these. Time will tell I guess. But as of today I think we need to give Cook more time as the alternative is also so uncertain. How much time we give him I’m not sure. I think we’ll know a lot more about the substance of this team over the next month.
I really hope Cook repays my early belief and ongoing hope in him. Please, please make it happen.
Someone more tech-savvy than me can hopefully post a link here but just watched the club’s latest Coffee Club YouTube video. Made in conjunction with Suffolk Mind. KVY, Edmondson and Chaplin talking about issues around mental health.
A good bunch of lads. Great to hear their views on the subject and to know the club have effective measures in place to provide support on this side. Well worth a watch.