I havent posted on here for a while, but i do try to keep up with the threads that have been posted. On numerous posts i have come across reference to the toxic atmosphere around the club etc currently. Reading the comments, and talking to fellow fans, i must admit that the atmosphere amongst the fan base is the worst i have experienced in the last 40 years. We have always had our bad times - poor teams, managers that were even worse and more than a few relegation’s - but this is the worst environment that i have ever experienced around the team, club, owners and fans.
I dont get to many games now that i have moved to the South West, but for me there appears to have been a change of form/approach from the first half of the season. Things were looking good at the front end of the season - there appeared to be a true underdog spirit, players fighting for every ball, players putting their bodies on the line and a togetherness between the fans and the team. One other post mentioned the deterioration since Russel Martin came in - i can only agree as everything we had up until that point we seemed to loose. For me, the tipping point was Bristol Rovers at home - complete lack of effort, commitment, engagement, tactics the lot - and i dont think that we recovered from that point.
The Bonser situation is killing the club - but i dont see a way forward as there is no one prpared to stump up the £12M to buy him out. At the end of the day he is a businessman - and as long as his part in that business keeps making him money he will not simply walk away. Unfortunately, we have to live with it as there is no alternative.
The current situation for me stems back to the nearly promotion season - when at the end of it apart from losing the manager during the season we lost 9 of the first team 11. No team can recover from that - and a procession of managers have tried to put the ship on an even keel since and failed. In which time we have seen a reduction in the budget available, further sales of our best players and a lack of investment in the club - again a common thread is where the money has gone from the sales of Henry, Bradshaw, Ginnelly.
I had been offered a ticket for tomorrows game - but on the basis of the spineless performance last week at Accrington, i will save the petrol money and save it further destroying my mood for the bank holiday.
I love my club, and i really want us to avoid relegation - but more than anything i want it to become ‘OUR’ club once again.