After a run of form that’staken us from the top of the table down to 3rd place, having drawn five consecutive games (before eventually winning last night) many fans are calling for Big Sam’s head already.
To outsiders, this may seem ludicrous given that we are still well in with a chance of automatic promotion,but I think it was always going to be difficult for Sam to get into the fans ‘good books’ given his reputation as a long-ball man. I don’t think the things he has said in press conferences and interviews have helped his cause either.
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To be honest, it is very unlikely he will get sacked at this moment in time, despite what a lot of fans want, but if he were to get the boot who could we realistically replace himwith?
The man everyone wants, for obvious reasons, is Paolo Di Canio. His passion and exuberance would be welcome admissions, and he has done a fine job with Swindon in his first managerial role. I’m pretty sure if we wanted too we could prize him away from the League Two leaders and back to Upton Park, but would this be too bigger gamble?
He has very little experience in management, and the step-up to the nPower Championship and hopefully then the Premiership may prove to be a difficult transition for him. My heart says get him in now, but my head tells me we should wait a little longer for ‘The DiCanio era part 2.’
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Another feasible option,although again a risky one, is Charlton Athletic’s Chris Powell. Powell is another ex-player, and although he is of nowhere the same calibre as Paolo, he was always pretty well liked and I think he might get the backing of most fans.
You could argue that he is slightly nearer the level we are looking for, at the top of League One, but again his inexperience could become apparent at a bigger club.
Apart from these two ex players, it is difficult to imagine anyone else taking the job, at this pressurised stage of the season. It pains me to say it but I think the best option now is to get behind Sam and hopefully he will get us up. What worries me is that if we do get promotion it will be difficult for Gold and Sullivan to sack him then. But that is a problem to worry about later. At the moment, we just need to worry about winning tonight and beating Reading and promotion is back on. It is still in our hands!
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