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Think back to last summer would he have done what DC did and got rid of them all? I suspect probably not.

He probably wouldn't have but he also didn't have the behind the scenes infrastructure to do so. It felt like him and Dave Kevan had to do everything whereas we now have lots of people with specialised roles.

I think I was pretty much alone but at the time he went he went I would have given him a little longer. When you think of some of injuries he had to key players, the Pope ban (and his decision not to look after himself and put about 2 stone on). His recruitment that summer was poor but it was a weird summer with lots of uncertainty due to Covid. Games were set to come thick and fast so the idea to stregthen the squad depth in the summer seemed like a good idea at the time (but ultimately the squad wasn't good enough). We also had the situation where most other teams seemed to get at least one game off to recover in the autumn due to covid and we seemed to carry on despite infections (perhaps due to following the training in small group guidelines more meticulously than others). We kept getting turned over late in games killing confidence without getting any the other way, some say that was due to his training methods forgetting that the season before we had turned many games in our favour late on. When we did eventually score a goal late on in a game to draw level (I think it was McKirdy at Scunthorpe) it was disallowed for no reason. Little things like that can completely change the momentum of a season. By the end of his reign we were a side with no luck completely bereft of any confidence.

It is also worth noting that in that summer of uncertainty due to Covid, Carol and Kevin were still very new to their role and could only estimate the amount of investment that would be required.

In the end I am glad he went, if he hadn't we wouldn't have interviewed Flitcroft, decided to improve the infrastructure at the club, hired Clarke and built the squad we have today which is resilient enough to have still been successful despite the injuries we sustained.

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