SG19Cowshed Das Boot wrote:Robbie's first 12 league games for us:
P12 W5 D3 L4 F15 A10 Pts18
1.5pts per game = top 10 form
Risen from 19th to 16th in the table.
Very happy with that.
And if Krobbo had been sacked this time last season, with the replacement manager achieving the same results that Robbie did in his first 12 league games, we'd have stayed up...
Thanks, very interesting - particularly the comment at the end. Had we sacked Robbo then, and we would have been well justified in so doing, it is most unlikely that Robbie would have been his replacement and that for me, makes the relegation pill much less bitter and easier to take.
Robbie joined us with just about a month to assess his squad and ascertain what players he needed to strengthen his squad in the January window. We are a League 1 side, at that time in great danger of being relegated and he didn't have a great deal of money, so we were hardly the most attractive club to convince any player to come and join us. I believe the only money spent was a nominal fee for Muirhead, a youngster hopefully for the future, so all things considered, I reckon Robbie has done well and criticism of his signings are a bit harsh and premature.
Patience and loyalty is needed here but football folk are not renowned for having such traits, just take a look at what has happened regarding managers very recently;
Ranieri, Premiership winner just nine months ago and BBCs award winning "Sports Coach of the Year" for 2016. Got the 'Order of the Boot' yesterday.
Warburton, promotions didn't secure his future at Rangers.
Martin Allen, who saved us the last time we were in free-fall. Just been sacked by non-league Eastleigh a few weeks after leaving a secure position at Barnet to join them.
Lee Clark, saved Kilmarnock from relegation last season and gave up a secure position to join Bury because he wanted to enhance his aspirations of managing at a high level of football in England again. Good to have ambition, but........Bury!!!
Our dear friend Robbo, a mid-week loss at home against Charlton and he seems to be on thin ice already.
That is just five managers that spring to mind - makes me even happier we have Robbie. Oops, just noticed, slip of the tongue, Charlton was of course at home and lost to Oxford