Wednesday night was a sore one for us all,and there is little doubt about it. It certainly was for me,as I sat with my family in Irvine CSC uttering barely a word other than a muttered ffs under my breath. Actually,I probably did more than mutter,and probably more than once.
If I’m honest though,I couldnae be bothered to give it tight to the players. One of those nights,too many players having an off night,and they knew it. Nothing I could say was gonna change things.
What concerned me was firstly that nothing that AP could say was gonna change things either. What worried me more was his lack of options available to do just that.
Maybe he could have made some use of Euan Henderson,maybe sent on Shaw a bit earlier,realised that we had problems up front and that our mids were having a nightmare. I dunno. He is not an idiot,far from it. I trust him to get things right,from the tools available to him.
How many tools were available to him on Wednesday? He made use of as many as he could,but to no avail. We are considerably further forward in our development than we were this time las year. We cannot follow a manager while ignoring his faults and wilfully being blind to them,and I get that. But MCCAFF raised a good point yesterday,one which many of us have pointed out before.
How many of us wrote this season off about a year ago? How many reckoned that we would be lucky to be ready for even next season,given the rebuild required?
AP is not to blame for Wednesday night,given the paucity of that squad. That blame lies elsewhere. And with the announcement of Michael Nicholson as CEO for the foreseeable future,there’s the man who needs to get his finger out and support our manager.
Needs to report to his board and explain exactly why that is necessary. Does he have a choice,not that I think so?
AP has a hard job to undo the failures of the past,but we already know that he is working hard on these things. Michael Nicholson has an even bigger job to overcome past failures. I knew less about AP six months ago than I do about the faceless Michael Nicholson. But we need them to work together,even if past experience between those positions suggests otherwise.
I’m happy to give AP his time to work things out,and I think we need to cut Nicholson the same slack. And I bliddy hope they both get it right bliddy damn quick!
Above article by BMCUWP