I backed Clough long term because I felt he inherited a squad that gave him no chance of success for many seasons. Against a background of little money to spend, he raided a few Clubs and brought in a number of players who were excellent value [Bryson, Martin, Barker, Buxton, Keogh, Forsyth, Russell etc] who played Clough's way - as a team..Steve McLaren added a few flair players to that squad and we played some excellent football for a while, but unfortunately, not long enough.
Under NC, it wasn't always good to watch and it wasn't always effective. However, I felt that we were slowly improving. From not being able to win away in his penultimate season, we started scoring goals for fun in a few away games he had before he was sacked. Ironically, it was the home form that gave Sam the chance to pounce. In the previous season, we had been decent at home.
So, I liked that team spirit. I felt the players were giving their best. I don't ask for more than that. I went to the game yesterday, a round trip of 400 miles for me. It was one of the worst games I've ever had the privilege of attending and that must total more than 500 over 50 years. So, whatever we've been trying to do hasn't worked. Just watching some of the £25m worth of players we've signed in the last couple of seasons makes me wonder how Gary Rowett gets out of this alive.
He's inherited a Nigel Clough type situation for sure. That being so, I will back him long term as well. He needs time to impose himself. I don't think he's started too well on some of his dealings [in and out] but let's hope future transfers will be more logical and that he too can find some players who will prove to be good value.. I suspect FFP has us around the throat. That's not Gary Rowett's fault, it's the fault of those that agreed to spend such ludicrous amounts on such average players.
It's time to baton down the hatches, accept a mid table finish at best and look to future seasons for a recovery.