I have had a good think about the club following various (great) comments on here; supporting the club for 4 decades; and why I chose to watch the game at home this week.
If I was at the club I would do the following (simple) things:
Existing Sporting Director. SW has a years rolling contract. Give notice on the year now and let SW work around the implementation of any projects he is working on, especially around Colney. Change his title to reflect this. If he wants to go before… great because we can save his salary for this period. It is obvious that he will be away soon, so let’s be proactive. After all the club is far bigger than Stuart Webber.
New Sporting Director. We know that this is going to be Neil. A good man, a football man… not a yes man (re article). Let him have full control now. Give him this window etc.
Local media. get them in now and onside. Neil has a good rapport with the local media. Get the positivity back.
Manager. I don’t think he is the future. But with Webber gone, let’s get behind him for this season. If we need to make a change do it now or in the summer. But let’s support him (I am guilty because I haven’t) But he needs to get them going… make them believe.
Atmosphere. We need to make the club a fortress. Better music, banners, razzmatazz… would Tyson Fury come out to the drivel we have. What music would you have? Seven Nation Army would be good?!
Team. We have a lot of players that are wrong for the system we play etc. But we have them at the moment. With the players available right now, I would play:
McCallum, Gibson, Hanley, Byram
Cantwell*, Hayden, Ramsey, Aarons
Pukki behind Sargent.
Cantwell… tell him that he is the man. Get Hucks to mentor him. He is a confidence player. Run at the opposition. Get free kicks etc.
Hayden - defensive, supported by Ramsey. Ramsey to get forward as and when.
Aarons… is better going forward. Let him run at players and cross. Can overlap and support Byram. Solid down that wing defensively.
Pukki… play behind Sargent. Intelligent player… play balls for him to run onto.
Sargent. Get Holt to mentor him. Direct, fast causes problems.
All players… get the crowd going… Holt to help with showing how to connect with crowd.
subs… (obviously depends on how game going, players etc.) but on 60… Hughill for Sargent, Gibbs / McLean / Nunez for Hayden
Sara for Ramsey / Cantwell
Onel for Cantwell / Aarons
The players need to believe that they get can beat any team in this league. Run at defenders, control the middle… and get some early big tackles in. Show the supporters and more importantly the opposition that we are up for this.
We can do this. But we need to change and adapt or we are going wither and die.
Ps happy to replace Dean Smith and win this league. Ready and willing