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Fan Nick Judd explains why Swindon's latest league defeat - for once - wasn't the main talking point of the weekend...
There’s nothing like a managerial sighting to fuel the fire during these, currently, dire days of supporting Swindon Town.
Another home defeat at the weekend – 3-1 to Huddersfield – and the patience of even the most optimistic Town fans, myself included, is growing thinner than the ladies of the night working Manchester Road during the credit crunch.
Slack defending and individual errors are proving costly every week; we’re stuck in our own Groundhog Day.
This was our fifth home defeat in a row and the fifth time we’ve
shipped three goals in a game. Our goalkeepers are making one mistake
after another (last season they were both in good form) while
previously reliable defenders are proving consistently inconsistent,
not least the beast Jerel Ifil.
Yet it wasn’t the team performance or individual displays that had Town fans talking on Saturday night. Instead, it was the alleged sighting of former Plymouth boss Ian Holloway in the Town End.
First ‘spotted’ at the County Ground Hotel before the game, the story goes that Holloway was later seen inside the Town End, although his attendance hasn’t been confirmed by official sources.
Our chairman refutes having anything to do with it. In fact, Andrew Fitton insists if Holloway was there at all, it was of his own accord.
The rumour brings additional – and perhaps unfair – pressure on Maurice Malpas. He is still the manager whether we like it or not. This week he’s come out fighting, saying he won’t be forced out by the boo boys. If he could show the same passion on the touchline many would see that as a start.
Yet the Holloway rumour has spawned so many Internet forum threads regarding Malpas’ future that the inevitable reaction for some will be to boo him during games, and that won’t help a team low on confidence.
"You ain't seen me... right"
Would I like to see Holloway take over? He’d certainly keep us entertained with his post-match musings while his positive mental attitude would be a welcome change to the current doom-mongering.
Other fans are following the Nottingham Forest situation with interest in the hope that Colin Calderwood will soon be available (the same goes for Martin Ling at Leyton Orient, who are one place below us in the table).
Either would appease those fans yearning for an old name. Jan Åge Fjørtoft's name has been mentioned, too. I’d be in favour of that, but if it’s old faces we’re after then why not throw Paul Bodin’s hat into the ring. His U18s have won eight in a row. My dad would snap your hand off for Glenn Hoddle, but he’s otherwise engaged in Spain - Hoddle, that is.
Whatever happens, we must get behind the players during our home double header next week (against Northampton and then Oldham). I’m sure there are some who’d take two defeats if it meant the departure of Malpas.
I’d rather have the six points thanks.
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Ian Hollway and his coaching staff whilst at Plymouth Argyle were good and added some excellent players. He was idolised by me and most of the Plymouth Argyle fans, and then it became a nightmare, he destroyed all our hopes and aspiration . Until a day before leaving he professed to have green blood flowing through his veins and stated he was going no where, what a liar. I believe he was engineering his departure At least a month before it happened, why else would he sell highly rated Akos Buzaky for peanuts and the only player Holloway would pay to watch.
From the moment driving away from Home Park, he was not only berating our club but scheming on how to dismantle the existing team that he helped to build, and he finally succeeded. All that we got from him after he left us was venom and vindictiveness. I for one would find it difficult to ever forgive him until he properly apologises to the Plymouth fans.
So Swindon fans may get a good manager who will probably eventually let them down badly, be warned.
Ian Holloway???? Unlucky, he's a very funny man, until it's your club that becomes a laughing stock, then is's not really funny at all. Although to be honest last season we made ourselves a laughing stock long before Mr Holloway turned up, so maybe I'm just bitter about getting relegated!!!
I would love to see Colin Calderwood at our helm, i interviewed him as a youngster for a school project during his Town days and he was a really nice bloke, add that to his success at Northampton and Forest as a manager and his popularity with Swindon fans and we have ourselves the posotive atmosphere we're all striving for.
But after all said and done we have to make the best of a bad manager....sorry, situation! So whereas i don't think you're the man for the job Maurice, you'll still get my support whilst you're doing your best for my club....!
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