The Moment of Truth
Well, this is it folks. This is the season.
For three seasons we have been stabilising and building. For three years
the fans have, on the whole, been patient and understanding as the club
dragged itself off its knees and put itself back in contention.
Every year we have seen improvement under Danny. But
now is the time. The board have done their bit. Despite financial
hardship, they have dusted off the mothballs, dipped into their wallets
and ponied up for two new players.And they have upped The Doc's salary
to keep him at The Gate when many of us thought he had played his
last game for us. It is now time for Danny to earn his money and repay
the faith of the fans and the board after being handed a costly new
three year contract.
This time there can be no excuses. It is do or die time
for Danny Wilson - the moment of truth. Make no mistake. This is his
squad. These are his players, signed by him or brought up through
the youth system under his control and nurtured in the first team
Despite being skint, the board have splashed out for
Lee Peacock, Mike Stowell, Lee Matthews, Christian Roberts and Tony
Butler.This closed summer we have added Lee Miller and Luke Wilkshire,
two exciting players who ooze potential. But make no mistake it is
this season that they must deliver.
It is Danny who has shaped this team. Aaron Brown is
here because the board stood by him when he insisted on rejecting
a £500k bid at a time when it would have come in handy. It is
Danny who has frozen out Simon Clist and Marvin Brown for his own
reasons. It is Danny who has brought on Phillips, Hill, Amankwaah,
Coles, Lita et al. This is Danny's squad and he will stand and fall
But be under no illusion, Danny. This season the fans
expect promotion and if you fail to deliver there will be no-one else
to place the blame on. You have been given everything a Division Two
manager could expect. Money, support and most importantly time.
We have seen improvement season upon season and this
year only one thing will do. Promotion. If are in Division One by
the end of business on May 30 then you will be a hero. If not, then
quite simply you will have failed and should pack your bags to let
someone else do the job.
So is Danny hero or villain, genius or joke, Saviour
or Satan? We will know in 296 days.