Date: 24th January 2017 at 4:11pm
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The arguments for and against a protest against the manager and the board have been expressed by former players and fans alike over the last few days and we enlarged on this last night here.

Local lad Kieron Dyer thinks it would be madness to vent our feelings now, in such a way as to unnerve a very fragile squad and he argues that once we are mathematically certain of avoiding the drop, then supporters are entitled to make the opinions known.

Nothing is likely to happen before the next home match on January 31st but the travelling support might be reduced discernibly for the away game three days earlier against Preston North End. What happens in that game might well determine how persuasive those threatened protests turn out to be?

If you remember in their last home game Preston defeated high flyers Brighton 2-0 although we must not forget that the away side missed a penalty late on but it was already too little too late.

Paul Huntington gave Preston the lead in that game when he headed in Paul Gallagher’s free-kick at the near post and Callum Robinson fired in the hosts second, to the delight of the home faithful.

Of course Ipswich failed in their bid to buy striker Jordan Hugill from the Lancastrians and since then, there have been more major fails at the negotiation table for the Tractor Boys. Today Colchester United turned down a Town bid for winger Ben Dickenson.

As things stand, our new recruits consist of Jordan Spence on a half season loan deal; along with Toumani Diagouraga from Leeds United on a similar deal.

Our only purchase to date is 24 year old Kieffer Moore from Forest Green Rovers for 10,000 quid and with the greatest respect to the player in question, he is not someone who is likely to fire the imagination, as we strive to improve our lot in the Championship table. Midtable mediocrity is the norm these days sadly.

Town need fresh blood fast and if Marcus Evans is serious about giving the manager the funds necessary to enhance our squad, then clearly action speak louder than words.

We may not be able to compete with the recently relegated teams and those parachute payments but we have to ensure that we are in this division next term and not fall further into the football abyss.

The way things stand, we are rapidly going backwards and something needs to be done urgently to address this crisis of confidence that is impacting badly on everyone at the club.

Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Football


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