John McCormick writes: There have been quite a few posts forecasting doom on this site recently, and some quite critical comments relating to our manager. It’s not just his team selection, strategy and tactics which have been questioned but also his communication, with the press, the fans, maybe the players. In particular, his post match comments and e-mails have led to raised eyebrows, and now we have an open letter to the fans.
What are we to make of this? I’m not the best placed to comment.
After all, I don’t know just how much pressure is being heaped on Gus. I’m out of it by about a hundred miles. No Evening Chronicle, no Northern or Sunderland Echo, no Look North and Mike Neville. All I have to go on is second hand reports of what the manager has said, mainly through this site and ALS, direct comments from the people who post on this site, and the post match e-mail Gus sends out.
I’m inclined to disregard such sources. I don’t intend to give offence but that’s a very small constituency. On a good day we might get 1,000 hits on this site, not all from SAFC supporters. We might get a dozen comments in respect of a post, and looking at comments over time we find a small group of people generate most of them. With regard to the post-match e-mail, does anyone think this is a well-reasoned, deeply reflective analysis of the game?
My conclusion is I’m getting a distorted picture of what’s going on. Nevertheless, I can’t ignore comments from people like Pete Sixsmith and Sobs on ALS. When they say something’s wrong I have to believe them, besides which, I can read the league table.
So is the manager’s open letter symptomatic of something wrong with him, with the club, with the players? Or is the letter symptomatic of a fragmenting relations ship with the fans? To my mind they deserve a bit of credit for turning up in their thousands, week in week out, but I do note Wrinkly Pete frequently uses this site to ask them to sing their hearts out for the lads; maybe they could do better. But, and I risk repeating myself, I don’t know.
Whatever it is, I find the boss’s letter worrying. Am I right to be worried? I’ve already referred to Wrinkly Pete; his most recent post could stand as a reply to Gus. What do the other members of the Salut Community think? You might be a small constituency but you’re an important one
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