The Fishy.co.uk Grimsby Town FC

Just In:




League Two Form Guide

  PGDPts
1Mansfield6514
2Accrington Stanley6712
3Wycombe6412
4Luton6412
5Coventry6312
6Crawley Town6212
7Exeter6112
8Swindon6-112
9Newport County6111
10Carlisle6110
11Lincoln City629
12Cambridge Utd609
13Stevenage638
14Notts County628
15Port Vale627
16Yeovil617
17Morecambe6-27
18Chesterfield6-47
19Forest Green606
20Crewe6-36
21Colchester6-36
22Cheltenham6-54
23Grimsby6-82
24Barnet6-71

Full Form Table
Prem|Champ|L1|NL|VN|VS
SPL|SC|S1|S2

Latest Results (all divisions)




Question of the Week

When should John Fenty stand down?

Immediately
End of season
When successor found
Job for life!


 

Sack Slade? Keep Macca?

By: Khun Ross & Claire Streeter
Date: 11/11/2004

AFTER the loss at Scunthorpe, with the inquest on the ref, the chanting of the crowd and the quality of the pies, talk eventually got round, as expected to the capabilities of Russell Slade and the players. Khun Ross and Claire Streeter give us their feedback.

Home > Features > 2004 Features > Sack Slade? Keep Macca?


Khun Ross gives his view on Russell Slade's performance so far

If Town lose at Exeter on Saturday I guess everyone will be calling for Slade's dismissal, so time for a calm and balanced assessment of the new manager. First thing to say is that this was always going to be a rebuilding season, and expectations of promotion overly optimistic. Not impossible, but unlikely.

He's brought in some good players (Gordon & Forbes), some decent players (Parkinson, Ramsden & Reddy), some talented players (Pinault & Sestanovich) and a skipper and a keeper he deems reliable (Whittle and Williams). He got them playing 3-4-3 and tearing the opposition to shreds without winning. Instead of adjusting the system, he wasted a couple of loan signings (Robinson & C. Williams) to discover he couldn't easily get better players on loan than those he has.

Then he signs Cramb, who has some sort of credentials as a goalscorer - and instead of patiently bedding him into the side he gets Daly on loan. From Stockport...who are so blessed with quality strikers they can afford to let the answer to Town's problems leave?

Slade has shown he's prepared to include players who aren't 100% fit. Poor thinking in my view - he risks more serious injury for the player, and demoralises the squad players hoping for a game.

Did anyone else notice that Greg Young went on loan saying he wanted first-team football "in a competitive environment"? He got a game (v. Charlton), played well by all accounts, and then gets dropped for a player not 100% fit.

Football is a squad game these days, and the manager has to be astute enough to keep everybody happy(ish). If Slade has faith in the players he's brought in to the club (and let's be fair, he didn't have big money to spend) he should demonstrate that faith by playing a solid 4-4-2 formation (good enough if the players are). My team:

Cramb Reddy
Parkinson Crowe Fleming Hockless
Gordon Ramsey Forbes McDermott
Williams

(I prefer another keeper!)

Play it wide to Parky and Hocky, er...Buckley style??? This system has brought us most success in recent years.

Slade HAS shown faith in Whittle and Williams - the jury is still out on the former, but the judge is reaching for a black cap regarding the latter!

So as you can see, I've several misgivings about Slade - BUT I'D STICK WITH HIM ALL SEASON.

Why? Because if you sack him the next guy may well be worse! How many quality football managers are out of work and thirsting for an opportunity to manage GTFC, do you think?

And a new guy would change stuff around again, when what is needed (I think) is some patience and continuity. After back-to-back relegations the new manager is ENTITLED to a full season. And if it all goes wrong and we're in the Conference next year, don't blame the manager who's done his best and been found wanting - blame the Board who appointed him.

They will also pick his successor, don't forget.


On the subject of players Claire Streeter has made her choice!

Macca is my ultimate hero as I think he is Grimsby through and through. His dedication to this club is second to none and it's so nice to see Macca putting everything he's got into every game!

His consistency and work rate are unbelievable and you wouldn't think even through two successive relegations Macca would still be his good old loyal self and still proudly play in our black and white stripes!

I think he deserves every bit of credit he gets and at 35 he's still playing as good as ever!

Without people like Macca, footballer would be nothing and it takes true legends like him to make the game what it is now!

P.S: MACCA FOR CAPTAIN!!! (Why is Whittle captain when macca is here!)

Add To Facebook


This site is by the fans, for the fans, and we will consider articles on any subject relating to the Mariners whether it be related to current news, a nostalgic look back in the past, a story about a player, a game or games in the past, something about Blundell Park or football in general. Click here to submit your article!


Related Stories

Forum Latest
Thread TitlePostsLatest Post
The real face of Lincoln city 5dapperz fun pub21/01 12:18
Board backing Slade/Wilko....week one update4GrimRob21/01 12:16
Golf coaches 1LH21/01 12:03
Nathan Arnold25rancido21/01 11:55
Word Association Game44,610cmackenzie421/01 11:38
Change/add-a-letter/remove-one Word Game thread...30,665cmackenzie421/01 11:37
Slade interview14Caesar21/01 11:24
Away support at Colchester on Saturday 27Abdul1921/01 11:16
No movement, no news, no hope!!24Madeleymariner21/01 11:05
Last 6 games form table4dapperz fun pub21/01 10:57

News  | Submit Article  |   | 
© 2018 TheFishy.co.uk