By John Wade
I fear for the worst. I saw the future two years ago when I watched Harrogate Town play Chesterfield.
A team reduced to the National League and struggling there, caused by bad management, but supported by a lot of loyal noisy supportive fans.
That was Chesterfield.
The other team, an artificial affair, not many fans, but well managed, well financed, up and coming.
That was Harrogate.
I saw the future of City that day.
In my 70 years supporting City I have rarely been as despondent as I am now.
We are as low as we have been for many years, and I see only worse to come.
Whose ideas were the following?
- When the season is so compressed, with two games most weeks, to have a smaller squad.
- To play, in Staunton and Evans, players who were not 100% fit. Did it surprise the management when Evans was off the pace and Staunton injured again?
- To not be prepared for the last two transfer windows, and be forced to sign, in Dylan Mottley-Henry and Kurtis Guthrie, men patently not good enough.
- To not pick a full team in the Football League Trophy game with Wolves, when the players had had time off due to the postponement of the Grimsby game. Surely the first-choice players needed match fitness?
I am not sure if I am correct, but it does seem that we get more injuries than most, and those injuries seem to take longer to cure.
Regarding Stuart McCall, I can only say that I do not believe the summer transfer window failings were totally his fault. If they were, he is incompetent, and I do not think he is. There must have been constraints put on him.
Since Phil Parkinson resigned, we have had a succession of failed managers. Each one, apart from Michael Collins, had a decent track record, and each one, at City, suddenly became a failure. Equally, we have signed players with decent records who have become poor players at City.
Further, we have had, in Doyle and Vaughan, players who had prospered before, hated being at City, and then prospered after they left.
There must be a reason for this.
Organisations fail, generally speaking, because of the failures of those who own and run them. Therefore, the fault at City is that of Stefan Rupp. He has been assisted in his failings by Edin Rahic- but remember that Rahic was put in the job and allowed to do it by Rupp.
But Rhodes and Lawn sold to Rupp and Rahic. Parkinson saw through Rahic straight away. Why did not our owners?
Julian Rhodes has been acting temporary chief executive for about two years, and has presided over a slump. He appointed and sacked Bowyer, then appointed McCall possibly too quickly without looking at alternatives.
It seems we have no proper scouting system, no in depth match analysis.
I cannot bear this any longer. I can do nothing about it so have decided to try to not think or worry about City any more.
The owners of the club do not deserve our support.
I shall hope something good turns up, I shall read WOAP and look at the results, but I shall try not to think about City.
They’re not worth it.
I wish you all well, and hope salvation comes, hopefully in the form of avoiding relegation and getting new owners.