One persons view:
When I saw the team sheet on Saturday I thought I was looking at last Season (Division 2 sheet) with several players that were here last season. A touch of deja vu perhaps. And of course I hoped all those old faces had progressed since we saw them last - but to no avail. As I watched the game then it was clear to me that we were playing at last years standard (Division2) or perhaps even worse if that's possible.
As of 8 games ago I thought we might build for next season but no - we have regressed to last seasons level. I guess we need to find support for Ormerod (injured) and Thompson (banned) but to go down to Division 2 players with all respect wont build for next season in my view. Would it be possible for our manager to come out of his comfort zone at the Division 2 level and find more players at a higher level? More of the likes of Wheatley and Carling?
To let Gell sit on the bench and be replaced by Cochrane is a shame after all the work and success he has contributed to Marske and after Cochrane left and was in my view reached his level in Division2 - somewhat one paced but hard working. While Skelton was able to 'put himself about', I have to question his basic skills and why he left in the first place. I didnt see any improvement that we need at the Division 1 level.
Well, I only write this more critical note in the hope that we can find some major improvements very soon. Were we may have felt 'safe' we must now be more pessimistic.
I remain a dedicated Marske supporter and will hope you are too.
Paul has tried to settle the ship by bringing in experienced players who have served the club well in the past. And it is not easy to attract players from clubs at this stage of the season. The run of defeats that Marske have experienced has turned into a critical situation and one that needed a 'shake up' in an effort improve confidence and get that crucial 3 or 4 points for safety.
Next season is a totally different situation. When Marske stay up (and I'm sure they will) then hopefully they will benefit from a seasons experience in the 1st division. And I'm not just talking about players and management but also the committee and fans who will now realise how tough this league is.
At this moment in time Burto needs all the support he can get not people who acuse him of being in his 'comfort zone'.
Believe me he will be hurting and frustrated more than anyone on this run of defeats and a bit of support and understanding of decisions will help I'm sure.
One last word I wish Gelly all the best if he does leave the club as he is a smashing lad who has never given anything less than 110% in every game I have seen him play. I hope he can work out his differences with Burto and stay at Marske as I believe he can become a top player at this level.