Very well known Exeweb poster
- May 5, 2009
- Hunkered down
I think their previous owner Al-Hawasi got through nine and he was there for 5/6 years. The current owner Marinakis seems to be following the same path.They said on the wireless earlier that NF have had 14 "permanent" managers in the last 10 years. Quite remarkable.
I think the Rovers owner is stuck between a rock and a hard place - largely of this own making. They made a strategic decision when Graham Coughlan left them in L1 to get the wage bill down, reduce cost and slow losses. The idea was to employ a decent coach who would bring youngsters through with a resale value - the previous model appeared to be the owner(s) subsidising losses to keep them in L1. They employed Ben Garner who had a decent reputation working with PL youngsters and from the outside it appears they expected him to jettison the older (and higher earning) pros inherited by previous managers and work with youngsters identified by their DoF/equivalent, Tommy Widdrington. At that point they basically wrote off a promising campaign - I think Coughlan had them in the top 6 in L1 - as the writing was on the wall for many in the squad when the Garner appointment was made. Garner got off to a slow start last season but appeared to start to be turning things around when he was sacked with, I think, them around the bottom third but not in contention for the drop when he went.I am totally amazed that "Bad Boy" Barton is still clinging on to his job by his finger nails !