Managerial Merry-Go-Round 2018/19

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Both our NL and L2 promotions were via the play-off finals and cutting it fine. Although Mansfield were one of the best footballing L2 opponents during the previous season, it doesn’t sound like Flitcroft will be temperamentally suited to the Rovers job.
Like conker says he did have us playing great football and it really split the fans in 2 over whether to keep him or not, I fell on the side to get rid of him and whereas I stick with the decision and believe it was right at the time - I do wonder what could have happened last season.

I think if he had a decent assistant with him - he always had ben futcher and whereas he wasn’t bad I don’t think he was the experienced voice I believed flitcroft needed/needs. Maybe that could be the difference between him getting over the line, as it’s like he’s scared of the last quarter of the season.
 

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David Dunn now confirmed as Barrow manager. Finally we can start to think about next season as we've been in limbo since March.

Some speculation that ex-Leicester manager and well-traveled assistant Rob Kelly will be joining him, which should provide the experience.
 

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Wasn't David Dunn a terrible manager for Oldham?
 

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I think Dunn is a risk. I’d have gone for EFL experience to takeover a squad of players who are mostly new to this level.

Didn’t you have quite a few loans from Blackburn? Maybe renewing them is a factor in getting Dunn with his Blackburn connection.
 

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Wasn't David Dunn a terrible manager for Oldham?
Gareth Southgate got Boro relegated and is now England manager!
Not sure how much of an indicator that Oldham spell can be, given that he was there as a player but got thrown into management too early.

He could be dreadful, but I think his connections with Blackpool and Blackburn are a definite plus point.
 

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Risky appointment that;

Don’t always buy the ‘bring in a experienced assistant’ thing - Mansfield brought in Lee Glover to help John Dempster last season!
 

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Risky appointment that;

Don’t always buy the ‘bring in a experienced assistant’ thing - Mansfield brought in Lee Glover to help John Dempster last season!
Definitely nor a guarantee of success - though Peter Atherton seemed a great foil for Ian Evatt.

Who wouldn't represent a risky appointment though at this level? Anyone within budget is either a recently-retired player or some old has-been like Keith Hill.
 

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Time will tell, on the face of it that’s a poor decision
 

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Keith Hill isn't really an old has been.
 

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His managerial career has been mostly in decline for the best part of a decade.
 

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Keith Hill isn't really an old has been.
If I had the choice I would pick Keith hill in a heartbeat, then re-evaluate after a while and still go for Keith hill
 

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David Dunn has 3 wins in 22 games as a manager, I would take Keith Hill over him. We have Russ Wilcox though so I would take anyone over him.
 

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His managerial career has been mostly in decline for the best part of a decade.
Not really. He had a tough gig at Barnsley in the Championship having jumped from L2, then had a 40% win ratio (for the second time) over 6 or 7 years at Rochdale and Bolton is self explanatory.
 

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I’ll go out on a whim and say Keith Hill is much more likely to be a better appointment than Dunn - not that we will find out now.

Depends on ambition, for me due to the weird scenario the league will be in next season I wouldn’t just be thinking about survival, but if that was the case even somebody like Paul Cox would be a better appointment, the football would absolutely be shite but I’d put my house that he would keep anybody up.

Just have to be careful not to stick up for Matt Rhead when he deliberately elbows somebody like many Lincoln fans did :lol:
 

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Risky I'd probably agree, but our board have changed the club massively for the better over the last 18 months so you can only trust they've brought in a suitable candidate. They seem to do their due diligence with any decision so I'm sure they've done the same here.

I'm sure he will have learnt from his experience at Oldham which reading between the lines was a case of being thrown in the deep end a little. He left Blackpool with good wishes from their fans who suggest he turned the team around in his short stint as caretaker after Grayson's departure, so there's enough to be positive about.
 

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Fair, just the comment from whoever saying Keith hill is a “has been” was massively wide of the mark
 

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Maybe not a has-been, as he's only 51 (assumed he was older cos of the beard and that hat) - but his last three jobs have ended in relegation or being sacked before the team got relegated. Can't see how that isn't a manager in decline.
 

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David Dunn now confirmed as Barrow manager. Finally we can start to think about next season as we've been in limbo since March.

Some speculation that ex-Leicester manager and well-traveled assistant Rob Kelly will be joining him, which should provide the experience.
Kelly's been linked for the last week and the Blackpool paper have said he will be Dunn's assistant. Kelly is currently Uwe Rosler's No2 at Fortuna Dusseldorf.
 

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Colchester have parted company with John McGreal - I'll be amazed if he isn't considered for the Tranmere job given his links to the area and club.
 

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Bit of a surprising one that... seems to have done a good job there.
Colchester are cutting costs it seems and will be encouraging more use of players from their Category 3 acadmey setup. I can only assume McGreal thought he'd taken them as far as he could.
 

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It's Category Two, and the comment that "the club is going to be implementing a new plan that will see the first team being even more tightly aligned to the Academy" is fairly worrying to be honest - I'm not sure how much more aligned with it we want to be! Last time we tried it to any more extreme level we were relegated.

I think it's about time for McGreal to go, he's had four years and has arguably under-delivered. Finally scraped into the play-offs this season thanks to coronavirus (I'm far from convinced we'd have stayed there otherwise) but we should have performed better than that throughout the four years - always been capable, but never positive enough.

I would expect Wayne Brown to take over.
 

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It's Category Two, and the comment that "the club is going to be implementing a new plan that will see the first team being even more tightly aligned to the Academy" is fairly worrying to be honest - I'm not sure how much more aligned with it we want to be! Last time we tried it to any more extreme level we were relegated.

I think it's about time for McGreal to go, he's had four years and has arguably under-delivered. Finally scraped into the play-offs this season thanks to coronavirus (I'm far from convinced we'd have stayed there otherwise) but we should have performed better than that throughout the four years - always been capable, but never positive enough.

I would expect Wayne Brown to take over.
Strange one, as bad as we ultimately were, Colchester were easily by far and away the best side we faced in 2018/19 and battered us home and away but failed to make the top 7 which was a surprise.

Seemed poorer both times last season and made the play offs but had lost Szmodics which wasn't going to be an easy fix! Let most of our big players like Nouble and Prosser go haven't you?
 

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We are not interested in McGreal according to the rumours at this end.
 

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Strange one, as bad as we ultimately were, Colchester were easily by far and away the best side we faced in 2018/19 and battered us home and away but failed to make the top 7 which was a surprise.

Seemed poorer both times last season and made the play offs but had lost Szmodics which wasn't going to be an easy fix! Let most of our big players like Nouble and Prosser go haven't you?
We basically just haven't offered anybody a new contract, but it was only Nouble, Prosser, Jackson and Comley who were out of contract of the senior players really.

For me, we haven't done too badly and have been as inconsistent as most sides at this level are over the past few years, but I do think a better manager would have had this side promoted by now and it is for that reason I think it is time to freshen it up. However, if the only purpose is to cut costs further and blood in even more youngsters then I think we're settling for midtable mediocrity for the foreseeable which is always a worry when it will only take one bad season to drop out of the 92.
 

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Seems a little risky from Colchester, not necessarily sacking McGreal but becoming even more reliant on their youth set-up. It definitely seems a decent set-up but they might as well just enter their youth teams into the league at this rate!
 

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Colchester are cutting costs it seems and will be encouraging more use of players from their Category 3 acadmey setup. I can only assume McGreal thought he'd taken them as far as he could.
The announcement reads more like McGreal was sacked than that he'd chosen to leave. Finding a manager better suited to bringing players through from the academy could be a factor though.
 

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It seems that Mike Jackson is set to be announced as our new manager.

I would be happy enough with that appointment.
 

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It seems that Mike Jackson is set to be announced as our new manager.

I would be happy enough with that appointment.
I have reservations. He may become a very good manager but learning on the job, only done a short stint with Shrewsbury previously.
 

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