Firstly, I know nothing about how your club is ran or anything but I’m just here to tell you what you can expect from DC based on his time here.
When DC came here he got rid of anyone who did not fit into the philosophy that he wanted. Players who thought they were too good, players who did not act like footballers(out on the ■■■■ most nights etc), basically got rid of all the bad eggs. He then brought in a core of experienced players along with a few young uns and this was brilliant for the development of the youngsters. He brought in players who cared for the shirt and would always put in 110%. Under his time here even if we lost we could very rarely put it down to lack of effort. He likes his teams to be fit, and Stuart Sinclair is the best example of all that and you guys will honestly love him. He’s not the most gifted player but he knows that and he more than makes up for it by running non stop, harassing and closing down the opposition. It’s like having an extra man on the pitch because he will give the opposition no time on the ball, and hes everywhere when you’re on the ball. He also does a lot of work for the community side of it all. DC is a great man manager and this is why he gets so much respect and effort from his players. Also, no players on big contracts. No stupid wages, he’ll offer what he thinks a player is worth and if it’s not enough he’ll move onto the next one. He also said he aims for success. “Promotion is always the aim, what’s the point in being a manager if you’re going to aim for mid table”.
DC will also act like a fan of the club from the off. From his time here he always spoke highly of the fans, would go into the boozers with fans after games etc and is always friendly and approachable. Prior to DC we had only came from behind to win something like 2 times in 4 years, under DC that number rocketed and in our first season back on League 1 I think it was something like 14 victories after going behind. His teams are fit and fight until the end.
After his second promotion with us Leeds approached the club and the club granted Leeds permission to speak to DC. DC turned Leeds down because he thought something special was happening here. New training ground, new stadium, “dont have to sell our best players” messages from the owners etc. Then in the next 3 windows we sold our 3 best players for nothing, 1 to rivals. The training ground has gone stale for 2 years and the club pulled out of the stadium. Towards the end of his time here he started calling the owners out about how this club needed to progress and they’re talking about cutting the budgets even further etc.
I believe that was the final straw and the job here just got too much. Constant lies from the board etc after turning down a big job based on false promises.
I do have to say that generally DC has a slow start to the season, happened in both our promotion seasons and also our highest ever finish in 17 years season. Just give him time and he will work miracles. I’m on you guys coming straight back up.
Either way, you’ve got a great manager in DC and he will manage at the top one day. I’ll be keeping an eye out for your results, but I hope he doesn’t stay with you for too long because I would give anything to have him back here.