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  • We ended January 5 points clear of 3rd bottom and in 12th place. In fact we were the only relegated side not in the bottom three at the time. Other managers like Allardyce and Poyet were in more danger of the sack than Hughton. So what signs should the board have seen at the end of Jan that, with hindsight, demanded a new manager? The football at home games was attritional but producing results thus not sufficient reason to sack CH. However, the defence was only holding out at home and the away defeats were often calamitous. The five point gap also needed to be taken in context with our awesome final fixtures. But it was a delicate judgement to make at the time and like Bowkett says a few wins would have put us in a good place before facing the final four games. A month on and crucial away games against Cardiff, Villa and West Ham had yielded zero points. The writing then was surely writ large on the wall. The dithers however had set in and wins against Spurs and Sunderland encouraged the inclination to do nothing. Finally came the West Brom defeat and it was like being woken from a dream to be told the house is burning down. So the board sent for Fireman Neil but by then it was too late. Now we await the new season listening to talk of lessons being learned. Not so sure about that. Our board is what it is. Hard up by football standards and inclined to deliver a roller coaster ride.

    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, June 04, 2014

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