Ok, so I don’t write in depth about our beloved club too often, but today I think is one of those days where I will feel better for putting pen to paper.
Much has been made of the future of Chris Hughton, a subject which died off our recent couple of excellent home performances, where Ruddy has now kept four clean sheets in a row at Carrow Road, but why does it always go so wrong on the travels.
Today at Villa Park we were hit bit pace on the attack, Yobo for what he brings us in experience is certainly lacking a little in pace, and I remain unconvinced about Bassong. But I think the problem runs deeper than that, we’ve been toothless on the road for the last two years under Hughton.
I think our saving grace will be that the teams beneth us this year are even more spectacularly poor than we are, I just can’t see Cardiff or Fulham surviving, which leaves 5 or 6 clubs battling to avoid the indignity of finishing 18th.
But would a change in management work for us, as is there a good candidate readily available, the evidence would suggest no. Fulham have tried it twice with no luck so far, Cardiff, Sunderland and others as well, with little or no change in results.
I would suggest that Hughton’s time at the club has pretty much run it’s natural course., but the summer would be a better time to do it when other clubs are more likely to be tempted by McNally’s offers of money for their manager, as all decent prospect seem to be gainfully employed at the moment.
A change in the summer would give us time to get the right man, and for him to work through the players at the club and make his decisions out of the spotlight of the run in to the end of the campaign, it would also give them a few weeks of training to get used to a change in tactics away from the public eye, without fear of it going spectacularly wrong.
In short – I think Hughton’s time is up after today’s display, but hand on heart I think it would be better for the club to make the changes it needs at the end of the season, rather than making rash decisions now