Monday, May 21, 2007

Season over...

...something which wasn't overly surprising really, given Blackpool's form and Oldham's form going into the play-off matches played last week. Blackpool scored five goals (and could have had more), compared to Oldham's meagre two. Although Oldham did have two disallowed, and could ask about a number of handball appeals, the truth is Blackpool were the better team. It's incredible was confidence and form does for a team.

If Oldham fans feel bad, one wonders how Nottingham Forest fans feel. It's been a pretty humbling season for them. Thrashed 4-0 by Scunthorpe at home, 5-0 by the Latics, they lost 5-2 at home to Yeovil to tumble out of the play-offs on Friday.

The usual things are coming out of the City Ground, or at least out of the body of supporters of Forest. The chairman and manager are to blame, they must go or be sacked (who sacks the chairman and board, out of interest?!). Does that solve problems? In the article I read (on the BBC, here), it seemed no contradiction was noted between the fact Forest have had seven managers in five years and dropped a division, and not escaped League One in two attempts, yet still the author calls for another manager to be sacked! How does that work?

Blackpool fans were calling for Simon Grayson to be sacked after 11 games of this season. Now they're 90 minutes, and odds on favourites to be promoted to the Championship! There's absolutely no difference between that situation and the situation for Forest. Man U fans called for Fergie to go, over a year into his tenure, and probably still weren't entirely convinced by that first FA Cup win. No difference again.

I wonder if football supporters will ever learn that success requires patience.

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