I'm as pessimistic as they come, but even I don't aspire for my club to be bottom of the Championship, or expect us to be there come May.
I'd be lying if I said I'm not getting some satisfaction out of Swindon's mis-fortunes this season, but then again, if the boot was on the other foot I'm sure your fan base would be laughing it up just the same.
I'm not the one who needs to come up with the excuses - Cotterill needs to do that, but that another debate for another day.
We haven't got the richest chairman in the Championship - but there you go.
The gulf in the two leagues is ridiculous, and I don't think it was under-anticipated by the club, they just made an absolute pig's ear of the summer.
Come May, I'd be astounded if us 3 were still there together - I think there are worse teams.
Anyway, for clubs like Walsall and Burton who could potentially be on their way up, it'd be interesting to see if they can compete without millions of pounds to chuck around - because as I've said before, the Championship is effectively the Premier League Mark II.
I don't really understand your lot this season - despite selling a mass of key players, Gladwin, Luongo, Smith, Foderingham (free?), you've made some very astute signings at this level, Ajose is proven, Wes Thomas is an experienced goal scorer, Vigoroux looks a top shot-stopper etc, maybe it's just going to take a while to gel. It reminds me a little bit of our 2013/14 season, whereby we had the players, but they took at least half the season to gel into a team. I think you'll be fine - comfortably midtable by the end of the season.
Aye, I'm not too sure about Cox, decent record for you lot though, I'm willing to give the bloke a chance, and wish for him to succeed. As for El-Abd, he was made available for transfer in the summer I believe, so I don't see why not. He played in a really poor side with little to none midfield protection in the 2013/14 season, and got wrote off by some of our fans after 3 or 4 games, and after that he just looked shot to bits for confidence. There's a good player in there - maybe with disciplinary issues on the pitch, but he didn't have that prolonged stint at Brighton through being a bad player. I'd imagine he'd be available for next to nothing, and I doubt he'd be demanding anything out of the ordinary at L1 level.
Genuinely wish the best for the bloke, just a shame it didn't work out for him here.
El-Abd was class. I'd forgotten what it's like to watch a seasoned centre half with bundles of experience. Even looked composed passing the ball out of defence, along with a few diagonals out to the flanks, which I really didn't expect. At times he just got rid though, which was somehow refreshing to watch.
Still think we'll get better as the season progresses, the only issue is we may be left trying to close a gap in 6 weeks time when the majority should be back to fitness. Guess it depends on how badly the mood deteriorates over the next few games as to how our season shapes up.