Hi all, everyone at Bristol Rovers is keenly watching you this season to see how you will perform under Darrell Clarke. So far, not so good. But to provide optimism, I want to assure you that Clarke isn’t renowned for successful starts to the season. For example, you’re 6 games into the season and have 5 points. Clarke’s record in his promotion seasons in the first 6 games were as follows.
2014-15: 7 points (finished with 91)
2015-16: 9 points (finished with 85).
Not only is Clarke renowned for poor starts, he’s also renowned for improving in the 2nd half of the season.
2014-15: first 23: 41 points. second 23: 50 points
2015-16: first 23: 37 second 23: 48
2016-17: first 23: 33 second 23: 33 (despite losing the top goalscorer in league 1 and having to replace him with a striker who ended up scoring 0 in 24
2017-18: first 23: 27 second 23: 32
So please keep your faith in him!! Give him more time!!
Also regarding Rory Gaffney, no. He’s not the most prolific or a goalscoring forward, but he does all the dirty stuff, great target man who is great on his day. The kind of striker who will score 6 or 7 no matter what league you’re in and he was a big part in our promotion campaign.