Date: 26th December 2008 at 6:14pm
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I had to miss my first game of the season today, and despite the fact that we got spanked 4-1 by West Ham am I ‘glad’ that I missed it? Nope, of course not, even though we once again capitulated…

I have not been ‘switched off’ to the problems that we have had, nor have I been ‘ignoring them’ in the hope they would go away, I have just had ‘faith’ these wrongs would be put right – but today finally pushed me to the point where I am ‘genuinely worried’ for our future as we are in freefall at the moment. Most seasons a team does this, they fall from grace to be embroiled in a relegation battle, if they do not get relegated in fact. I now genuinely fear that we ‘might’ be that side. I also fear that we do not actually have that many players that seem as though they would be ‘up’ for a relegation battle.

The thoughts that I had were, not that we were ‘too good to go down’, but we had too many good players who would ‘get it right’, but it does not look as though they will.

Calls for the head of Tony Adams have not gone ‘unnoticed’ by myself in recent weeks, but I have had complete backing of the fella – but the calls for his head were so loud and so frequent it was hard to ignore them today – just about every call or text that came into The Quay was calling for his head, although no doubt these were the same people calling for him to be given the job back along! We are fickle like that…

That said, maybe they do actually have a point, maybe we do need to get rid of him before it is too late?

I made no secret of my thoughts that he lacks experience, we all knew this, but have also made no secret of my support for him and how this would carry on. Maybe my support has, and will continue to be more so as I so desperately want it to be the case – but maybe this is misplaced, maybe it is time for me to concede that he cannot do the job that we want/need him to do?

Lets not put this all down to his doing though, as lets not let the FA cup win fool us too much – things were not completely ‘rosy’ under Harry Redknapp, but how can basically the same players that he had be so indifferent now? Can Adams not motivate the players? Yep they should not need that much motivating as they get paid enough and all that, but I guess they do need the guidance and motivation from someone.

But why can Adams not get them going? It is not like he does not know them – maybe it is because they know him too well! He has gone from being their ‘mate’, when he was the assistant to being their ‘boss’, now he is the manager. He might have been the one they went to, but cannot go to him as freely now due to his change of role, he is ‘no longer’ one of the boys… Maybe he is not commanding the respect enough because of this; maybe he does not know how to command it?

It is easy to point the finger at the manager, but as said plenty of times the players also need to look at themselves, but Adams has made some shockingly poor ‘tactical changes’ during his time as manager, and the changes that he again made today did little to help our course. Glen Little at least offered us the right level of balance, and looked our best chance of actually creating something. Whilst taking Jermain Defoe off was not a bad thing bringing on Kanu when you are chasing a game at 3-1 down surely cannot be the right thing to do – chasing does not come into the old mans train of thought… The players go out onto the pitch and ‘should’ put in the graft as they play for ‘the club’ as this is what pays their wages, but if they do not, or cannot, play for the manager they wont – right or wrong…

I hate this ‘sack quickly’ style in football, but we are slipping the wrong way, and with Arsenal coming up next and of course January and the transfer window do we stick with Adams, and back him with money, which could in itself be a dangerous thing, or replace him with someone more experienced – at least bring in someone with experience to work alongside him, or above him?

What has happened to our defence? Yep they are not getting the shielding from the midfield that they got last season but simple errors, and basic mistakes are costing us dearly. You win and lose as a team, and should defend as a team, but one fella that sticks out like a sore thumb is Sol Campbell. He has been a fantastic footballer but he is well past it, and the longer he stays in the side the worse we seem to get – even his ‘organisational skills’ have gone. His fundamental errors played into West Ham’s hands today, and his constant berating of young Marc Wilson was easy for him to do, but he was the one leaving the kid with two on one so often…

It is a tough, tough call to make – but we really are approaching a ‘make or break’ phase of not only the season, but the longer-term future of the club as it stands. In the next few weeks our season could be in tatters, we ‘might` be out of the FA cup and deep, deep in a relegation battle, if we lose this battle, troubled waters lay ahead.

I do not want this to be the case, but maybe removing Adams is something that we need to do?

I am not saying I want this, but I must admit that I would be lying if I did not admit that these thoughts have crept into my head for the first time – I worry that as much as I want him to be the man for us, chances are he is not, his lack of experience and his tactical unawareness, and quite possibly not having the command of the dressing room is leaving us in trouble?

I keep saying the players need to give more, and need to be held equally, well actually I have said more so, accountable for our current plight – but is it because Adams is the manager and is not up to this job that they look so poor? Either way, like him or not the players surely owe us and the club 100% commitment and effort – and they are not giving that. Surely it cannot be all down to him, but he is the one that ‘will’ cop the flack, as he now is! Should we stick by him, or would this be a mistake going into the transfer window. Still I want to say ‘stick with him’, but I am for the first time genuinely concerned and have reservations – but would anyone else coming in change the ‘attitude’ of the players?

So, what do you reckon, should he stay or should he go…


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