Columnist Malcolm Hirst feels that the Vale manager has been “too cautious” and was found out during the defeat to Wycombe Wanderers.
Malcolm Hirst writes…
In April, I called for Brown to be sacked in order to give Vale a fighting chance of staying up and I wrote: “My view of Brown is that he has been too cautious, is tactically naive and plays his favourites regardless of form.”
I have seen nothing since then to change my view of the managerial credentials of Michael Brown…
I have seen nothing since then to change my view of the managerial credentials of Michael Brown.
It is with trepidation that I will be travelling from London to Chesterfield on Saturday. Chesterfield lie bottom having lost two and shipped five goals. I still shake my head at the tactically inept performance of Brown in the same stadium last season. I will be cheering and encouraging the team, but I will be watching very carefully to see if Brown has learnt from last season’s mistakes. Before writing this, I messaged a friend to say I was considering something reflecting on Michael Brown and his tactics at Chesterfield last season. A succinct and brutal reply came back “there were tactics?”
I was dismayed at the latest excuse from Brown after the shocking performance against Wycombe. Losing 0-3 at the first home match of the season and at half time you only THINK about making changes. Unbelievable! Surely you must pull off two of the eleven under-performing players and let the team know that there are consequences to poor play or lack of effort?
Perhaps that might just get a REACTION from the players. As a player, Michael Brown took no prisoners, and perhaps he needs to do the same as a manager. I will be interested to see who plays on Saturday, who is on the bench, and who does not make the squad to travel. That might just get a positive reaction. If a player reacts negatively, then the fans might question why they pull on the shirt of the club we love.
Although Brown had a significant part to play in our demise from League One, the main culprit is Norman Smurthwaite. It was interesting to see a photo of him at Leeds United. However, I doubt that many fans’ opinions will change even if we are promoted this season. So, my suggestion to Norman is please do yourself and us a favour, sell up and go.
This column represents the columnist’s personal views and not necessarily those of the Port Vale Supporters Club.