Writer: Jo Bradley
Date:Monday August 23 2010
Jo Bradley is a Wigan Athletic supporter who is full of passion for the club; she has something to say on the current situation at the club with regards to the manager and the reaction of the supporters, over to you Jo.
In this day and age of having everything instant and the latest this, that and the other it is easy to let this lifestyle control all aspects of our lives. In sport where there is lots at stake we all want the immediacy of being top of the table from day 1 of the season.
Many fans demand exceptional performances week in week out and let`s be honest in our lives we know life isn't like that and we can't give 100% all of the time. We may have other things on our mind. I'll give you an example, Wilson Palacios I am sure could have been even better but he had the kidnap of his brother on his mind. No matter what we paid him it wouldn`t have changed that. There are other examples too, Sir Alex Ferguson`s mum died of lung cancer 3 weeks into his management term at Manchester United.
We don't know what goes on in the lives of footballers and managers and we think they are immune to what I think is tantamount to bullying from fans.
It is so easy to shout sack him/get rid/ boo and all that. The amount of times managers have been sacked within 12 months or maybe just a bit longer is shocking. Has anyone stopped to ask could this be why teams don't succeed as there is no stability? After 12-18's months everything starts again.
Football agents must love it when a manager gets sacked as he is the one who wins out of it all when the merry go round of players move with the manager.
The most successful manager in the history of the Premier League was one game from being sacked. He never managed or played top flight before and look where he is now. Sometimes in life you need to take one step back to take two forward.
We can all think of teams that have yoyo'd between the Premier League and championship and many of those changed their managers more than Dr Who changes.
How many changes of managers have Newcastle had since Sir Bobby Robson was sacked and look at their demise since then.
In any business a manager always wants to put their mark down and to some it may seem going backwards but sometimes you need to do so to able yourself to go forwards.
In the cold light of day if we sacked Bobby now that would be the absolute wrong thing to do. Yeah we have had humiliating defeats but if we want to move forward our style of play has to be one that is attacking. You can always stop goals going in when you play defensively but you may never score either, so at best you draw. Last season many players were getting used to RM's style of play and for some it just didn't suit them. This season we have many new players who are also learning to play alongside each other this may take a few games, let alone getting used to the EPL.
We have signed some quality players, and let`s say we got a manager in similar in style to Steve Bruce again would they fit in with his playing style. Square pegs, round holes and the merry go round starts again.
When Mourinho left Chelsea, they wobbled, they got rid of Avram Grant, Big Phil Scolari and then brought in Ancelotti, he took a while to get some wins under his belt and that`s with a team worth 10 times ours. Think of the top clubs in the last 4 years and ask how long the managers have served.
Blackpool was always going to be hard and maybe RM didn't emphasise how hard it would be or maybe the squad underestimated it. Yeah the defence is shocking but I have confidence it will get better will the no nonsense style of the Caldwell`s. I would bet the team never want to see that kind of defeat again this season and are longing to put it right.
We had a great first half on Saturday and were unlucky to concede as we did. This is against the champions who are on blistering form. Unfortunately that 3rd goal went in and the feelings of 4-0 against Blackpool flooded back and caput.
I have confidence that we will start getting wins under our belts and the wins against the top clubs will be more frequent. Now we are bolstering our defence feel confident we can beat the teams around us who generally kick us off the park.
To any fan who says sack Martinez then just think first, I am not saying he is God but that could make us a Newcastle.
To the fan who stays away because we aren't winning, stay away when we are too, because I don't want you there glory hunting when we do, just because you can't take a loss. And before anyone says, 'Ah well look at the results' many stayed away before the season started, so if they had a crystal ball can I have the lottery numbers please.
The same feeling goes to the Wigan Walkers, PLEASE don't bother coming. It is just embarrassing seeing you on MOTD showing us up as fans.
This isn't provoke comment, it's just my take on things as a fan.
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Date:Monday August 23 2010
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