How do you respond in a pressurised situation? Do you trust your first instinct and your gut feeling? Or doubt yourself take a more methodical approach?
We make these decisions every day, some situations are more important than others and can drastically affect the outcome of a situation.
On 13th March at around 3.20 pm former Swindon Town manager John Sheridan had one of these moments, and it would become critical in our season.
Sheridan said on BBC Wiltshire, “I’m going to look at my position this evening” referring to his position as Town manager.
In this interview he was expressing his first instinct on whether he should carry on his job, if only he had trusted his gut feeling, I believe Swindon Town wouldn’t be staring relegation in the face as even an internal appointment would’ve made the difference needed to save our season.
A Sheridan-less Town side put in one of the best home performances of the season against playoff-chasing Portsmouth to run away 3-1 winners.
A brace from Brett Pitman against his former side and a last-minute strike from a resurgent Tyler Smith secured three points to lift Town to 40 points, but sadly this result and most importantly this performance has come too late to save our season as we find ourselves seven points from safety with three games remaining.
Sadly, fans knew at half-time at the new Plough Lane last Saturday our fate was sealed as Wimbledon showed the passion, fight and desire to win needed to survive in a relegation battle, with Town failing to display those attributes, and meekly accepting pending relegation to the anger of the Town faithful.
It’s hard to believe the majority of the team that finished the game at Plough Lane convincingly outperformed a good Portsmouth side.
Everything was different from the first minute, as a much higher tempo was on display in possession and we looked far more organised without the ball, which made it hard for Pompey to break us down. None of this was on display against Rochdale or the Dons.
I stick by my opinion that if a different man was in charge for the games last week we would be in with a shout of survival, but I also believe even under a terrible manager like Sheridan the Swindon Town squad could’ve put in a performance we saw on Tuesday evening against Rochdale or Wimbledon, and they need to take a long hard look at themselves and wonder if they could’ve done more.
In news away from the pitch and into the boardroom, it was a step in the right direction on Monday as Judge Nicholas Thompsell kept the ban on Lee Power selling the club to an unknown group named “AC Sports Wiltshire LLC” and most importantly placing the club into administration, also giving Mr. Power until 30th April to provide documents to help Axis (Clem Morfuni) finalise their bid for Swindon Town.
Stopping the club from being put into administration comes as a huge relief to every Town fan as the dreaded A-word still sees many fans break out in a cold sweat when thinking back to the dark days of the early ’00s and the financial troubles of the past.
Hopefully, when the case returns in mid to late May, we will see Mr. Morfuni present the finances he’ll invest into the club, and his bid for Swindon Town will be one Mr. Power can’t refuse resulting in the club moving into the Australians hands, and the end of Lee Power’s time at Town.
If the preferred outcome of Clem Morfuni becoming owner does happen it will be the day the club can finally start to look forwards once again and escape from its current malaise, appoint a new manager and begin to build a new squad ready to return to League One at the first time of asking.
We can only hope Mr. Power does the right thing and lets our club have the fresh start it needs.