Date:Tuesday September 24 2013
Barnsley boss David Flitcroft was backed at yesterday`s board meeting as Ben Manford insisted it was business as usual after the clubs worst start to a season for 27 years.
It doesn`t get much easier either with Leicester, Reading and QPR all on the horizon before a local derby against fellow strugglers Sheffield Wednesday.
I think it is the right call to back Flitcroft and supporters need to do the same despite such a poor start.
For me it is not so much our current league position and points total that is the worry, after all many teams have bad starts to the season but come good. The worry for me has been the drubbings we`ve had and the amount of goals conceded.
Naturally when goals are shipped at such an alarming rate then the defence comes under scrutiny. At time the defending has certainly been poor but the area of most concern to me has been the midfield.
The work rate, energy and battle in the midfield area is anonymous this season where as last season it was second to none. They are not giving the defence the protection they deserve and giving the opposition too much time on the ball to play and hurt us.
Flitcroft brought in a lot of players in the summer and we now have a big squad by our standards. Many fans are now suggesting that the Barnsley boss went for quantity rather than quality with hardly any of the summer signings making the starting eleven.
This could be the case or it could just be the best that Barnsley can attract. Another argument is that Flicker has had faith in the lads that did the business last season but unfortunately they are letting him down and if that is the case he certainly needs to drop them now before they get him the sack.
For me it`s time to be a bit more positive. I see absolutely no need for Dawson, Perkins and Etuhu to be in the same team even if they were playing as well as they did last season there is surely only room for one or two maximum. As it is they have been poor and it is time to play one at the most and look at the more creative players, new signings and youngsters. Mellis, Cywka, McCourt, Jennings, Digby - the options are there.
All managers make mistakes and he is still learning and for me he has just shown too much faith that the men who saved the club last season will start to play well but it just hasn`t happened.
Barnsley are expected to use the loan market this week and bring in some quality from Premier league clubs. I hope they have the appetite for the battle as well as the quality because if not it could spell the end of a man who did the impossible last season and instantly became a Barnsley legend.
His predecessors reign came to an end when he brought in big name loan signings who did little and I hope the story ends better for Flicker. He comes across as a genuine, honest hard working bloke with the club at heart and I desperately want him to succeed. Some fans have short memories and are already drawing up their short lists for the next manager. I hope he turns things around and proves those fans wrong but I am worried when I look at the fixture list.
Date:Tuesday September 24 2013
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