Tuesday, 31 July 2018

The season ahead...

So the season is nearly upon us. Still no sign of any takeover. Various musings, rumours and sound bites on social media platforms, press speculation, and forums; but no actual solid news. Good or bad.

An unbeaten pre season must be good for moral amongst the team, but gives no real indication of how we will fair over the next year and a bit.

Players have been sold at bargain basement prices leaving a threadbare squad further depleted by injuries.

The bookies have us as one of the favourites for promotion, I don’t see it myself based on our current circumstances. That is unless we see an example similar to that shown by Leicester City a couple of seasons ago. (Us punching well above our current weight.)

I really don’t want to sound negative, but I just can’t see us pushing for promotion this season. An unprecedented fourth season in the third division being the outcome.

In Bowyer I do think we have a manager, who working within a normal situation and environment (which he isn’t) could succeed.

I think we could get off to a good start, Bowyer does seem to have the Knack of polishing a turd down to a fine art form. But, with our small squad, lack of quality in certain areas of the pitch and all of the uncertainty in the background just cannot see us sustaining momentum and challenging throughout the whole season. Mid table at best.

Add to all this CARDS threat of restarting the protests and making The Valley the toxic place it was season before last.

It’s going to be yet another rollercoaster of a season in SE7. My personal opinion would be to get behind the players and the manager, create a siege mentality at home, and ignore the idiot who has driven us to this point and hope for a change of ownership, sooner rather than later.


1 comment:

  1. I think your synopsis is totally realistic given the current situation. From the outset l have questioned the integrity of the Australian Football Consoltium.lf the price has been agreed what is the holdup in them submitting the required documentation to the EFL. They surely must be aware that these concerns are being expressed yet they continue to remain silent. Are they looking at other clubs? For the first time l do not believe that RD is the problem unless of course he has embarked on a massive public deception exercise which is not beyond the bounds of possibility. What is clear however is that he clearly intends to strip the club to the bone and run it on the cheapest possible shoestring. This defies the first rule of economics, the need to invest to achieve results. He responded to my tweet to this effect by stating that he had his views on economic theories and was proud of them. Whilst there is plenty of evidence in football to suggest that you cannot buy success, success will not come without in depth experience. Undoubtedly Bowyer can provide the motivation but as last season proved motivation is only part of the solution to achieve success. I can only see gates continuing to decline and further stagnation. This initself is an insult to the work carried out by those employed within the youth academy whose reputation is recognised as being amongst the highest in the UK.