Always interesting to talk to people, read different comments and listen to what others think is going on at the Club.
You learn to respect other points of view – for example I know that some supporters think we are doomed (even though we are still in February) whilst others think that we should be making changes to the management or elsewhere, and best of all some think the we are not that interested about the football side of things because we are only focused on Ruislip.
I disagree 100% with all of these views – though I still respect those that can argue these contrary perspectives in a well thought through or constructive manner.
Football at every level (in fact probably all professional sport) has always been a great game for opinions. We all have them, and at our club there are plenty. What we think of the different players, the manager, the board, the supporters, the future and so it goes on – whilst we have tried to provide more information than ever before this year we still realise that everyone still has their own opinion.
Ultimately those of us charged with making decisions will continue to do so with a view to making the right decision for the club at the right time whatever that may be. This means needing to see both the short term and the long term view, it means being prepared to take tough decisions and also being prepared to sometimes recognise that you cannot control every situation as you might like.
For what it’s worth, I was disappointed to lose yesterday although in saying that I saw losing Ryan Ashe at half time as key as he pulls so many strings in midfield for us at present. Losing the likes of Ashey, Carl and dare I say it Lee O’Leary is a blow and means we are a little short in certain places. We are doing everything we possibly can to bolster the squad but the trick is to find players who can come in and add quality at a price we can afford. This is easier said than done.
Regardless of who might come in though, I have said many times this season that I believe in this group of players and I believe in them now. Crucially they still believe in themselves. Whatever happens on Tuesday at Wimbledon, and then next Saturday at Ramsgate – 2 very tough games – we will still have plenty to play for and for those with short memories we are (believe it or not) in a better position than this time last year.
Regardless of the opinions I hope one thing we can agree on is that when the match starts as supporters we all have a duty to get behind the manager and players – starting this Tuesday night.