Let me put my cards on the table here. I love Dave Jones. I love his approach to the game on the pitch. I love the way he manages players. I love his story - how he has risen from facing unimaginable slurs on his character and rebuilt his life and career. And most of all I love how he made us all feel in sixteen games or so starting in February of 2012.
You may have also noticed that I'm a positive kind of chap - both on these emails and if you listen to my drivel on the Wednesday Week podcast. I don't like to dwell on the bad stuff - if I'm honest, that's because I find it very easy to get depressed about Wednesday when things aren't going well. But more importantly, I always look to the next game certain that we're turning a corner, that the underperforming player will blossom, that the tactics will be right, that we're meeting a team at the right time for us to get a result.
Which makes it all the more difficult when every week I've got to pick apart more negatives than positives from yet another victory-less seven days.
What's particularly galling for me this week is how our performances have been better even than probably any time last season. We dominated for large portions of both the Leeds and Blackburn games, but the problem - where it had been defensive howlers - is now a complete lack of threat up front.
How much of this is bad luck (I hate - hate - putting things down to bad luck), how much of it is the players failing to execute Dave's plan, and how much of it is about Dave failing in HIS duties as a man manager or tactical genius is uncertain. All I know is that it's really starting to hurt, and it can't be put down to 'early season nerves' or 'the step up from League One' anymore.
One thing is certain - the longer this run goes on, the more we will see moronic, ill-informed comments on social networks and internet forums (and listen to them on Football Heaven) demanding Harry Redknapp as our new boss. To be honest, I want us to stop the rot just to shut them up. Clowns.
I truly hope that DJ can get this turned around - and fast. The next two matches see us play the other two teams in the bottom three. I can't see our Chairman indulging anything less than victories.
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