One year on
A year ago yesterday Thomas Sandgaard rode into SE7 like a knight in shining armor with a guitar slung over his shoulder.
It has been a difficult first year for Sandgaard, but I for one would not forego difficult for non-existent, because that is where we were heading under a series of crooks and chancers that followed the negligence of Roland Duchatelet.
Sandgaard has made many positive changes off the pitch, he can have a lot less influence on it, other than making the most important decision of all, the selecting and installing of a manager.
The jury is very much out on that vital decision. Likewise, although he has on paper at least attempted to build an experienced and progressive management team, his own style is a little marmite, and I for one would rather a more diplomatic and unassuming communication style.
Still, communication is communication and we got jack shit from the mad Belgian, and 12 months on Thomas’ smile remains infectious.
He’s a smart man and a smart man will make adjustments, correct errors and learn from his mistakes. There will be tough decisions to make, not only who stands on the touchline, but who he will install as an on-the-ground CEO, because that is a void that needs to be filled.
As tough as it is at the moment watching the team, and despite Duchatelet still owning the keys to crucial assets, we should always be thankful to Thomas to allow us a team to still support.
Happy anniversary Thomas.