Following the end of the last campaign where we had managed to survive our first season back in the third tier for 15 years, optimism was high in the county town. Then, slowly, as the beginning of the season beckoned, the realisation of the lack of resources available at the club became more apparent.
Graham Turner, or as he is known to many, including myself, ‘The Messiah’…I was sad to see his departure. 35 years in management was ended due to poor form and poor results. As the pressure built and more fans turned against the club legend in the end, he had no choice but to step down. I was of the opinion then, and perhaps still am, that change at that stage of the campaign could do more harm than good. But as they say, there’s no room for sentiment in football, so out went the greatest manager this club has ever had.
Predicting the league one table come the end of the season is something only a fool would do. Just a short few weeks ago, when I hopped on the train up to Sheffield from my university residence in Worcester, we were above United in the league. A run of 4 or 5 good results has seen them up into mid table. Who is to say Salop or City could not produce something similar?
Yep. Gillingham away. Fancy dress that’ll be! I’ve been running through in my mind what that day will be like if we are to sink back down. If it comes to that game, then it comes to that game. I’d love to be safe before then, but given our current position if it’s in our hands on that last day then I’ll be happy.