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I can't see any bright spots in Black's team
A NEW era? Not just yet. Eric Black is certainly not the long-term answer to Rovers’ troubles.
Saturday’s defeat to Wolves was possibly worse than some of the performances under Steve Kean.
All of a sudden we have lost our goalscoring ability, switching to a system that doesn’t work with the players we have – either that or they just do not understand what position they are supposed to be in.
No, Steve Kean’s departure was just the beginning.
What we need now is a new manager with fresh ideas.
That manager needs to bring in an entirely new team of coaches.
It is time for wholesale change to breathe new life into the squad.
Either that or just terrify them enough to believe that if they don’t get their act together they will spend the next eight months rotting in the reserves or on loan in League Two.
It started okay with Black. That first game at Charlton must have been difficult for everyone.
Shellshocked at the news of the gaffer’s departure – and possibly relieved – but suddenly thrust into unknown territory.
To get away from Charlton with a point under such unusual circumstances was no major disaster.
At Forest, it seemed we over-compensated for defensive failings by keeping the clean sheet while forgetting the idea was to score as well.
But then on Saturday, the reality became clear. This was no better than what we had become so accustomed to.
We played a poor Wolves side who should have won comfortably.
Had it not been for a post in the first half and the most bizarre refereeing decision in the second, it would have been at least 3-0.
This 3-5-2 with Olsson and Orr as wing backs is just not working. Orr doesn’t get near the 18-yard line at any point.
And there was little point spending £8million on a ‘fox in the box’ striker like Jordan Rhodes if we aren’t getting the ball in the box.
We need to bring in a new manager who will play to the strengths of the players we have, not just tell them to play a system they do not know how to.
Our midfield looks weak, yet we are unwilling to change it.
Murphy hasn’t played well yet this season but continues to play 90 minutes a game.
What’s wrong with giving Dunny a go? And Pedersen?
They are both the wrong side of their prime but at this level and with their experience they would surely be effective.
In truth, the problem lies higher up than the management team, but that is something we cannot hope to change in the short-term.
But the board needs to act fast and put in place a manager who can effect serious change, otherwise there is no chance we will be challenging for promotion.