You should feel safe...
Paul Hart has today told The News that he is 'not concerned' for his job, not that he does not 'value it', the reasoning behind him not fearing being sacked is for the simple reason this is beyond his control...
Hart, for me - for the time being - is right in thinking that he 'can't afford to be worried about' it too much, as he has 'more important things to deal with' but unless things start changing and we start getting points on the board then the club, money or not, no other options or not, are going to have to act.
To be fair, despite the defeat and the frustration of again aiding our own downfall with some shoddy defending and missing a hatful of chance, I took some encouragement again from parts of what I saw against Bolton - we just seriously, and I mean seriously, have to start getting something from games. We needed to win that game, as things do not get any easier for the next 2-3 league games now, and from these we need a return of at least 4pts, any less and Hart will have to go...
I said to Chix on the way to the game on Saturday, and I was feeling very positive, that we could not decide for or against Hart based on the Bolton game - we could not get carried away had we won, nor could we be too over the top had we lost, as we did. There cannot be any more excuses now though, this is his side, no one else's! These are the players he wanted so now he has to get it right with them.
We were clearly more attack minded, but still got this balance wrong - it is all very well playing 2 up top but if these strikers then have to act as the wide men to supply themselves who is on the end of things? We had a greater attacking threat from midfield but were far too narrow, leaving ourselves exposed at the back but also failing to take advantage of the freedom on either flank we should have, having been given this, going forward.
It is all very well people saying 'we must sack Hart', but we have to think, and realistically, who would come in to replace him? Not only that we would have to pay him off - and where is that money coming from, and where is the money being made available to a new manager, and they will demand this, coming from in the New Year?
So, it is not s cut and dried as 'we sack him' is it.
As said, this is now Hart`s side, and it was not easy throwing together a side on Saturday that is new to each other and included 3 debutants from the start, with 5 making debuts in total - it is harder though when this balance is not right...
We must back the club, the players and the manager but at the same time despite all the potential problems we face 'if' we decide to dispense of him we really cannot afford to give too much time, which is a great shame as we appear to have players that do want to play for him and the club, players that might not want to a new man - but that is football!
Villa, Carlisle, Everton and Wolves - for me, again despite the obstacles in the way - are the games that will decide his fate, and they are not easy games!
Something at Villa would be nice - but to be honest I am not expecting much, that is not to say I have already accepted defeat before I go, but a win at Carlisle is a must as is a home win over Everton and something at Wolves. For me 2 wins minimum, the cup and at least a solitary one in the league, is a must or the safety that is being felt right now would have to end with those pockets being dug into or there will be only one outcome to our season...
Lets keep backing everyone though, lets hope a good weeks training together can help the bonding and camaraderie that is clearly in place - tactically Hart needs to start being spot on though.
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