Morning all, gashead in peace here.
Firstly, sorry about your relegation. Always liked Walsall and one less nearby team for us to travel to next season so I hope you bounce straight back up…
Which I’m sure you will, because you’ve just hired Darrell Clarke! We down in the West Country absolutely adore this bloke and see miss him dearly (see the link to our forum thread as in your manager confirmation thread). DC is a bonafide club legend at the Mem and forever in our hearts.
Last season under DC which an unfortunate blotch of an otherwise sensational career at the Gas. Two back-to-back promotions when we were at our lowest ebb and two mid-table consolidations, including our highest finish in years, in L1.
For the most part, you can expect attacking football. Great thing about DC was he always wanted to win the game and set us up accordingly, home and away. He likes hard-working, committed players and he will not be afraid to drop those not stepping up to the plate. Only gripe is he rarely sticks to the same eleven, opting for a Ranieri-esque tinkerman approach which has its pros and cons.
Really, really wish you guys well next season - you will now probably be the favoured L2 team of the blue half of Bristol for 19/20! Assuming we avoid the drop again, sincerely hope you come straight back up - if nothing else so that we gasheads can give this legend the applause and ovation he deserves.
All the best.