Is a change really as good as a rest?
Feature by Jaybee
Updated Wednesday, 1st October 2008
To sack or not to sack that is the question
So the Bees finally won their first game of the season. And at
Where then does that leave Paul Fairclough and the fans that want him out? Of course, having gained only one point from our first seven matches, the fans were absolutely entitled to be worried about the start of the season and to suggest that a change of manager might improve things. But would it?
Go back two seasons and fans were calling for Fairclough's head after sinking to third from bottom, and only above the relegation zone by courtesy of goal difference. A dreadful 5-0 hammering at home by another
Talking of the FA Cup run, it was a couple of days after our 4-1, 2nd round hammering of
This time around and
Of course, it's early days so time will tell but a change of manager doesn't always work even if it appears to in the short term. Remember Ian Atkins' wonderful rescue job at Torquay United in 2005-06 when they seemed doomed with just a handful of matches to play. They may have stayed up that season. They may have started the following season winning 1-0 at Underhill on the opening day. But by the end of that season they were relegated to the Blue Square Premier and there they remain, currently in 12th place.
Interestingly too, the previous season in the end of season run in, Oxford United appointed Jim Smith as manager and things looked rosy after they beat Barnet 2-0 at home and most people would have predicted that the Bees, who didn't sack their manager, would be more likely to be the one to be relegated.