GIVE CHRIS MORE TIME TO GET THE GULLS BACK UP
EVERY football manager in the country will be absolutely shattered this morning. I can’t begin to explain how it gnaws away at your insides when you’re struggling for results in the final weeks.
But now all the anxieties that have been building up over the last few months are over. There’ll be huge disappointment for some. Huge relief and elation for others. That high of staying up or winning promotion is what we’re all in the game for. There really is no better feeling. But by the same token, there’s nothing more desolate than going down.
And this being football, you know the bloke in the dugout will carry the can. We’ve already seen a rush of sackings in the last few months and there are always a few at the start of the summer.
When you look at the tenure of a manager now compared to when I first started in the early eighties, it’s a different world.
I had nearly eight years at Sheffield United. Now, you’re talking about 18 months as a good innings. Most get barely a year.
It’s just impossible to think about bringing kids through or putting plans in place for the future. Your only concern is your own job and how to get the best out of the first team. You can’t mould a club the way you used to, which is sad.
But one guy I really want to see given a crack is Chris Hargreaves. I listened to Chris talking after Torquay lost their place in the Football League and it was obvious to me how passionately he feels about the club. I really don’t think it could be in better hands.
It’s hard enough to get players down to Devon in any situation, let alone when all you can offer is a scrap for promotion in the Conference Premier. But with Chris so committed to the cause, it should rub off on a few.
It’s a massive test for the club – one they’ve passed before – and as a former Gulls manager with a real soft spot for Torquay, I hope they can get back up.