December: Christmas Draws To An End
I joined Notts County with them facing this current season in Sky Bet League 2 after having had a dismal season under the previous regime and struggling with relegation. I was brought into the club, which was ranked higher than my previous two, and managed to steer the club away from the dreaded relegation zone. How I did it I still do not know to this day. Furthermore, I still don’t know to this day how we had such a poor December month after what had been an impressive start to the season. We should definitely be seen as the over-achievers, a team that has out-shone opponents who had expected to walk all over us. Unfortunately for us our luck ran out rapidly game after game this month.
Our strikers stopped scoring. Our midfielders stopped creating chances for our strikers. Our defenders stopped opponents attacking. Our goalkeeper simply let goals in. Everything from front to back just seem to fall apart and I couldn’t stop it. This is a strange predicament and one that I haven’t experienced since my time with Grimsby Town which saw me resign from my position as their manager. It is going to take a lot of effort to pull the players out of this slump and back to winning ways. However, should I be seeing this as a slump? If you compare it to our early season form then yes. On the other hand, we have over-achieved more than any other club in the league so surely these results are ones that we should be expecting? My expectations of myself and my players is always high so despite these being results we are expected to get I can’t help but be disappointed.
How I am going to get the club back to winning ways I am not too sure at the moment. I don’t think it will take drastic changes in terms of our tactic and formations; what it might take is a change in playing personnel. There are a lot of players who underperformed this month that don’t deserve to be given their starting place back without proving to me they deserve it. We owe the fans a lot and I am heading into this next month expecting the players to pay back their faith and the faith I have shown in them so far.