I will differ a little as I actually think the board on the whole do a good job, let's remember they have day jobs as well and give their time up for free, do the they make mistakes? Yes, are they infallible? No far from it, but they love the club and am sure they are hurting at our demise.
The reason we have got relegated is simple the team is not good enough and hasn't been all season, yeah we have some great lads some triers but we are ultimately lacking in quality and all other than a few sides have looked far stronger than us,
The reason for this? Well maybe a victim of our own success last year most of the better players poached by other clubs that we can't compete with financially and then a failure since then to the present to bring in anywhere near adequate replacements, e.g Ible, JC not replaced, Davey and Lance Armstrong not replaced hazel and rocky not replaced, now Karl tried in the summer and was backed to some degree to get the machine on contract and sign cuba Gooda but unfortunately that's where it ended but what more can the board do? If there isn't any more money then we cant magic it up, at the time I had a bit of a dig at them on here but since then it has been explained to me and I genuinely believe there was nothing else they could do without investment coming in from outside, they can't risk the future of the club and for that they should be applauded,
Now what has tended to happen before is the above has been the case in most of the last 5 seasons maybe to a lesser degree with differing numbers of players leaving resulting in an almost annual rebuild of the squad and subsequent slow start, however then usually come Oct the lads brought in from lower down either step up and settle in or a few fall by the way side and are then replaced by better players from higher up or from the same division who maybe gone to a Bradford or harrogate or buxton etc initially and have not been playing so start to drop back into our price range, this didn't happen this year the recruitment policy was totally different and if we are honest has been poor as a result therefore the squad has not been good enough for the entire season and on the few occasions it has been its been aided by 5 or 6 loans
Like i say Obviously come sept this season with a new manager the recruitment policy was vastly different. at first several lads came in from lower down the pryamid and all fell by the way side the only decent addition was Gary Stoher, after trying and failing this policy Lee morris then adopted a policy of loan signings of which we saw good bad and indifferent however this left us badly short at a key time of the season a point I raised at the time, I think its obvious that Lee and James struggled big time to attract players and was possibly a key factor in the decision to replace them but we get back to the point re the recruitment and therefore the team hasn't been strong enough all season. Had Karl stayed maybe it would have been different maybe not in terms of the overall outcome the recruitment policy would certainly have been different am sure of that. Suppose its a case of different management different methods
Re the boards decision to change the manager I backed the board at the time and I still do now as I don't believe we would have stayed up anyway others will have different opinions and that's fair enough and i can see there reasons, maybe in hindsight it could have easily been done earlier and Karl given some time to bring signings in but I suppose the board wanted to back Lee as much as possible before making a change, all in all considering everything that went on with them charge not just the results I still believe 100% the decision to let them go was the right one it isn't just about outcomes its also about behaviours and methods of achieving said outcomes and there behaviour and methods at times fell far short of what was acceptable in my opinion
What's done is done now however and what's important now is we learn lessons re-group and come back stronger I would like to thank Gareth for his efforts and dedication as chairman and hopefully a new person can step up and take the club forward, hopefully Karl can be given time to build a squad that can take us back up, he has shown before he can put a decent side together and develop players, hopefully there may be some sensible investment off the pitch to get us a more competive playing budget, hopefully the rifts that have developed this season can be healed, what we need now is some new direction and confirmation of the plan for next year once the last 2 games are done and dusted, get everything in motion early and get the fans behind it and push forward together. Forget the past learn the lesson and move on, hopefully the future will be bright and the future will be frickley
Head it!!!!!!!!!!!!! with your head!!!!!!!!!!