I’ve seen a couple of people suggest that there is enough quality in this squad to stay up under a different manager. I’ve seen a couple of people suggest that a simple formation change is the answer.
What I would ask is how do either of those things sort the defence? We currently play 4-4-2, just about the most defensively stable formation there is. Two banks of four should be bread and butter defensively to professional footballers at this level.
And changing the manager because there is quality in this side? Which defenders at this club poses quality? Real genuine quality? Leadership, athleticism, decision making? I don’t see any. I don’t think it matters who’s in charge or what 4 you play.
Devlin and Leahy have been piled on all season. Sometimes fairly, sometimes unfairly.
Their replacements, Norman (who looks way to immobile for a right back) and Laird (every inch a Forrest Green Rovers squad player on Saturday) don’t look like the answer.
Scarr is bang average, and that is being kind. People moan about Guthrie, ■■■■ me, have a look at this guy.
Fitzwater is out of his depth. That spell at the end of last season looks more and more like a flash in the pan every single day.
Guthrie himself is weak in the challenge, weak in the air and poor organisationally.
Johnson is the only one that hasn’t completely disgraced himself at some point. That’s if you don’t count the Checkatrade Trophy mind.
I genuinely do not know which 4 you play. We can moan about Keates, or throw out wacky formations and suggest dropping in form players for the greater good all we want but I see absolutely nothing in that defence that keeps us up. Nothing.