Kenny Jackett is unlikely to be an avid reader of local newspapers.
But the results of a midweek poll run by the Express & Star will have made interesting reading.
Because, when asked if Kenny should be allowed to continue in his role next season, the general consensus was that a change is needed.
Personally, that’s not a view that I share but it does reflect the frustration that is burgeoning amongst an under appreciated fanbase.
Once again, we forked out for the privilege of being underwhelmed in the freezing cold. Though the performance was a slight improvement on Tuesday’s debacle, the end result was the same and respite from our mediocrity seems more illusive than ever.
But how much blame can be laid at the door of our Head Coach?
Surely he hasn’t encouraged, let alone orchestrated, the disassembling of the fluid, free scoring team that had entertained us so very much over the last two seasons.
Cast your eye over yesterday’s starting eleven and you’ll find an assortment of players that, despite their willing, can only be considered downgrades on last season’s alternative.
You only need to consider how many players we have tried in Bakary Sako’s old left wing berth to see the folly of our pre and mid season recruitment drives.
Yesterday’s team selection was once again a case of flinging resources out of the pan and hoping that a winning formula would stick.
Forgotten man Tommy Rowe was restored to the nether regions and Joe Mason, quite amazingly, found himself benched just days after his goal scoring debut.
The result of this latest bout of tinkering was another languid display. Though we saw a lot more of the ball than was the case against Bolton, a lack of pace meant we rarely stretched our opposition.
The injuries that have befallen a number of key players have made Kenny’s job even more tasking but that is unlikely to stave off criticism, especially when we are made to wait three quarters of the game for a substitution.
Such perplexing behaviour is enough to make you consider whether our Head Coach is acting out of protest. Though I suspect otherwise, the reintegration of players formerly deemed surplus to requirements is behaviour befitting of a man who is trying to shine a light on the scarcity of his resources.
One resident of the Last Chance Saloon is at least grasping the opportunity with both hands. Bjorn Sigurdarson worked tirelessly in the lone striker role and, along with the improving Ethan Ebanks-Landell and dependable James Henry, was one of the few players that shined for either side.
However, that is but a crumb of comfort in an increasingly dispiriting tale of mid table mediocrity. The board’s seemingly relentless desire to run the club as little more than a profit centre renders a turnaround in fortunes unlikely and an easing of the dissension amongst the terraces even more so.
It will certainly be interesting to see what sort of response is given to Jez Moxey’s impending Early Bird offer. Surely the CEO can’t be expecting a rapturous uptake given the tripe we have had to put up with both on and off the pitch this season?
Periods of apathy are often remedied by a gesture of sorts and one wonders whether last week’s poll may become more prevalent if performances continue to stagnate.
Kenny has been bullet proof up until now but nobody is safe from the axe in this modern day iteration of the beautiful game.
Food for thought then for a man that needs to learn how to help himself during times of adversity.
Because one dimensional play and tactical inconsistencies are not going to capture the hearts and minds of a fanbase that deserves so much more than what we are currently receiving.