Bristol City fan's view with Matthew Withers
BRISTOL City owner Steve Lansdown, his chairman and board of directors have a real decision to make. Do they keep faith with a man whose side has failed to keep a clean sheet in 27 games, sit second bottom of the Championship and have been knocked out in the third round of the FA Cup yet again?
Or do they look to replace him and hope that a new man can come in, make the necessary signings in the January transfer window to get the club out of the trouble it's in?
I would say that at the moment it seems to me that the general feeling amongst fans is that Derek McInnes is not the man for the job and that a new manager is needed urgently. I have been fully behind McInnes, but his continually tinkering with the side, changes to formations and baffling team selection makes me think that he is out of his depth at this level, at this time.
I really want him to succeed, but his decisions of late just do not make sense. I do not understand how McInnes can drop Sam Baldock to the bench against Millwall on New Year's Day after Baldock had scored two and could have scored five against Peterborough the game before. The side's top-scorer Steven Davies always looks a threat when on the field and yet is continually left on the bench.
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McInnes insists on changing his side and formation to combat the threat of the opposition. This seems to be the modern way. What has happened to putting your best side out, in their best formation and letting the opposition worry about you?
Joe Edwards has been in superb form for Yeovil Town, whom I appreciate play at a level below, but our manager would rather play an unfit Mark Wilson or tactically poor Richard Foster in front of the youngster. If I was Edwards I would be looking to further my career elsewhere because if he cannot get in a side which has failed to keep a clean sheet in months and in front of the aforementioned two he clearly does not figure in the managers plans.
With Neil Danns having returned to Leicester the manager decides to recall Stephen Pearson. Why not give Bobby Reid a go? Pearson has been poor this season, as has Neil Kilkenny when he has played and yet both seem to get a start rather than Reid.
At the back, Louis Carey is still our best centre-half, as I said last week Matthew Bates and Stephen McManus are not good enough to keep us in this league. James Wilson gets drafted in for a game or two, but then finds himself out of the side and so cannot get any kind of consistency to his game.
I'm sure that McInnes and his staff are all trying their best, but it's clear that it's not working. The game against Blackburn Rovers was yet another huge disappointment.