Lots of negativity around the selection of Nigel Adkins. Aspirations of Eddie Howe and Chris Wilder were fanciful, and although Thomas has a few bob he is not a Russian oligarch, and last time I looked we are in the 3rd Division.
Sure, I was underwhelmed too, but unless it’s Karel Fraeye, then judging a manager before a ball is kicked is a little premature.
I was heartened to hear that Thomas has spent 6 weeks considering managerial options. That is what a good businessman does. It is not getting ready to fire the incumbent, it is prudent and intuitive, and good management.
The flip side of course is Thomas is partly to blame for the envelope of the underwhelming feeling amongst Addicks tonight. You have to love his passion and wild ambition, but I personally wish he would knock it off a bit. A little less blue sky Colorado and bit more toned down grey skies of South London.
Nigel Adkins is actually a rare breed when it comes to the English football coterie. After playing for Wigan, Tranmere and Wigan he took a different route into management. He went to university and became a physio. He served for many years as Scunthorpe’s physio bringing new generation ideas to the game in the late 90’s.
He took over as Scunny’s manager just 15 years ago incidentially which puts his four promotions in a better light also considering his time out in between jobs. He also won two league title in Wales as player/manager of Bangor.
Ged Roddy undoubtedly lit the way to Adkins door, and with only a Zoom camera to judge, it is no surprise to me that Thomas was taken with Adkins. He brings intelligence, wit, passion, engagement and excitement. That could also describe Sandgaard.
Sandgaard has hired a football manager like he would a COO, and on paper Adkins record is pretty good, not as good some, but better than others. And yes you can find fans, articles, stories, reporters bashing any mananger even Pep and Jurgen or Jimmy Seed.
Would I rather have gone with someone different, unscarred, young, energetic, Yes. Who was that? I have no idea.
Would I have counted to ten and waited a little longer and given Jacko the reigns for a bit longer. Very probably, but thankfully Johnnie is staying, and more importantly Sandgaard lays out a path for him.
Am I happy that we have avoided the washed up merry go around likes of Monk, Pulis, Campbell, Hughes and Jackett? Absolutely.
Anyone Danish? Laudrup was never coming and we’ve been down that road before. Neil Harris not even getting a mention tells me at least Thomas and Ged know their history.
So, is Nigel Adkins the right appointment? We will see. He has a very warming and engaging personality. He was quick to mention the supporters today numerous times. Maybe 101, but still good to hear.
Somewhere in between Robinson and Bowyer may just be the right mix. Oh and sprinkle a little Curbs and Powell in the pot too, and Jimmy Seed…. then you’ve got me.
In the meantime welcome to our football club Nigel and COYR.