Whenever a manager is struggling at a football club there is a tipping point when a large majority of the fanbase decides enough is enough and there is no way back for the manager, and sadly for John Sheridan and Swindon Town, the tipping point came last night.
And I say sadly as when Sheridan was appointed no one wanted him to do badly, some fans including myself were sceptical at his appointment with his track record but we needed him to be a success as if he did a good job and the players responded positively any relegation fears would be cast aside.
But apart from a couple of successful away days and one home win in his fifteen games as Swindon Town manager it’s been painful viewing.
One reoccurring point in his post-match interviews with BBC Wiltshire is the fact he says his side plays well but doesn’t get the rub of the green or can’t quite get the job done, and if that was the case with 5-6 games then it’s slightly understandable but three poxy wins over fifteen games aren’t bad luck, it means something has to change before the dreaded R-word can become a reality.
But last night even the manager couldn’t put a positive spin on his side’s performance as it wasn’t just a useless showing from his team, but his players didn’t look like they were playing for him.
All the passion and determination to pick up three points against Ipswich a few weeks ago was replaced with apathy and indifference as Town managed just the one shot on target in the 90 minutes and never looked a threat to Ryan Lowe’s side.
Over January five new players and two loan recalls have been provided by the Clubs Director of Football Paul Jewell to give Town the best chance of survival and these players join a decent side left to him by the previous manager.
I firmly believe that under new management this team has all the ability and more to avoid the drop back into League Two. As he has at his disposal a much better squad of players than Iffy Onuora, Paul Hart, and Luke Williams had to work with when they suffered relegation in 2006, 2011, and 2017.
After reading this you could be mistaken to think we’re 10 points adrift at the bottom of League One, but in reality, if we win on Saturday, we could be out of the bottom four and hit the heights of 17th in the league.
But after watching the decline of this side over the past fifteen games I know that if a change isn’t made soon all the work from last season that saw Richie Wellens’ side finish Champions will be flushed away and we’ll be back in the bottom tier once again.