Fans’ Forum: Dickov needs a fair crack of the whip - Mike Follows

Doncaster Rovers' boss Paul Dickov.
Doncaster Rovers' boss Paul Dickov.
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Just over a month into the season it seems that we’ve reached a crossroads for the club with some important decisions to be made on the direction we want to take over the next few weeks.

I’m a big advocate of consistency and I firmly believe that every manager needs to be given a fair chance to implement his plans for the club.

But on the back of several disappointing results, there are plenty of supporters who easily forget the position we were in just over a month ago.

At that time, we were setting out into a season for which Paul Dickov could not have been as prepared as he would have wished.

It was never going to be easy to challenge at the top of the table, but at times the players haven’t done themselves any favours through simple ill discipline and lapses in concentration costing us dearly.

As the transfer window is now closed, it’s difficult to envisage a new manager being able to make a big impact on the team.

Provided we can consolidate our position with an upper mid-table finish, I’d be happy come the end of the season.

So, I wouldn’t make any rash changes just yet.

However, now is the time for our relatively inexperienced manager to show that he has the nous to come up with an effective plan B to implement when things aren’t going our way on the pitch.

Turning defeats by the odd goal into draws or victories is the mark of a great team and it’s not something we’ve been good at of late.

If we’re still struggling for form in December it’ll be time for a change, in my opinion, but I’m hoping that by then the thought of replacing Dickov will be far from everyone’s minds.

In a season of transition such as this, a nice cup run to give the supporters some entertainment away from the cut and thrust of the league would be most welcome.

It also gives the players a chance to go out and enjoy their football, building the team ethic with much less pressure on them. So - as well as Chesterfield on Saturday - I’m hoping for a good result at Fulham on Tuesday.