So the international break is over and it is time again for league 1 football. As one of those who didn’t travel to Newport (thank god) and also choosing to boycott the Check-a-wank trophy, it seems like an absolute age since I have watched the saddlers.
The international break came at the perfect time for Whitney. A chance to stay away from an increasingly angry fan base and a rest bite from the challenge of league 1.
It has been a strange few weeks. An embarrassing performance against Newport and a mistimed tweet from Mitch Candlin set the rumour mill alight with gossip that the manager was out. What followed was a period of silence from the club and an apology from Candlin for a tweet that was widely misinterpreted. That was the time he would have gone in my opinion.
The board may say they are striving for the heights of the playoffs , but surely they were as frustrated as we were at leaving the FA Cup in the first round again under Whitney. A perfect chance to sack a manager who we offered a ludicrous contract to. Sending him off on the back of a series of shocking performances and poor results like we may have done with any other manager may have saved him some face and won some fans back round to the cause- Many of whom are now voicing that they will not return to the Bescot until the manager has been removed.
I actually thought that a good FA Cup run was exactly what the fans needed to lift some spirits. A nice away day at a local rival or premier league big boy later in the rounds would have given us something to smile about in what is becoming a very familiar season of mediocrity.
Fast forward a few days and Whitney got exactly what he needed to bed any rumours of his sacking. It was against a local rival and it is a cup run… unfortunately it was the wrong cup… and I don’t give a fuck. But it was enough to steady the ship. Baka getting on the scoresheet once more, if he could produce in the league aswell that would be greatly appreciated.
Anyway. I usually hate the international break. A chance to watch England bore us in a friendly and no live game to attend usually makes for a tedious weekend. But last Saturday I genuinely felt relief. Relief I didn’t have to spend more money at Walsall FC, relief I didn’t have to get angry at team selections and relief I wasn’t being baffled by tactical ineptitude. It shouldn’t be that way.
I only hope the manager, the player and the board have done some serious thinking and planning in this downtime. The fans don’t forget. You may not have had to face us for a few weeks Whitney but you and the players need to give EVERYTHING on Saturday because it is becoming very hard and tedious to support Walsall FC at the moment.
Gillingham come into town Saturday. Currently sitting in the relegation places a win for the Gills will see them draw within ONE POINT of the saddlers. If we are defeated Saturday I think the Whitney out movement will gain some huge momentum…
A critical day for Whitney and potentially the season- COYR