Greenpafcpete wrote:Cidergreen wrote: Not a good idea, would have prefered Fletch working alongside an experienced manager for a couple of seasons to learn the ropes. This is not a good time for an apprentice, but still i hope it goes well for him, fingers crossed.
Im sure the same thing was said about;
Eddie Howe at Bournemouth
Steve Tilson at Southend
Both clubs were in or just come out of finacially troubled times with virtually a youth squad to field and both worked wonders at their clubs turning from players to caretaker managers to full time managers.
Have faith people and give him time, no kneejerk reactions.
Exactly, I agree with this - every manager was new to the job once.
And anyway, what is the yardstick for success? Keeping us out of the bottom two, I would have thought.
Under normal circumstances any new manager would like the relatively meagre "challenge" of keeping his side out of the bottom two of the bottom league.
HOWEVER, that doesn't mean we can't reassess in January - we don't want to run the risk of going down again.
Nor should it mean that Fletcher can now feel free to not pick himself. If he had made a precondition of taking on the role "not picking myself" I hope Brent/Ridsdale would have thought twice about appointing him. His still rather large salary was originally negotiated on the basis of his playing ability.