Can Robins keep the Terriers bob-bob-bobbin' along?
Wow been a long time since I wrote anything and thought this blog had stopped until trailing through my emails and wondered if this was still going. I apologise to everyone and to the Examiner for abandoning this blog as they gave me this opportunity I hope to write something on a fairly regular basis now.
It has nearly been exactly a year since I last wrote anything and what a turbulent year it's been. I won't go over it into too much detail basically promotion at Wembley, purple patch at the start of the season, massive slump, Simon Grayson sacked and Mark Robins appointed. Quite a lot in a space of a year I'd say but that's football.
Robins appears to be held in high esteem as a young up-and-coming manager so it could (hopefully) turn out to be a shrewd move by Dean Hoyle. It has not been to everyone's taste his appointment, a minority seem to have written him off before he has even started but we should give him a chance he's making all the right noises so far in his interviews in playing passing, attacking football and looking at breeding young home-grown players.
I must say I'm quite surprised that Robins is on a rolling contract after we paid compensation for him I suspect paying Grayson and his band of merry men off must have been a hefty price and Town have covered their backs. A good sign that Robins has never been sacked so far in his managerial career, it appears he's turned around the clubs he has been at. He was close to taking Rotherham out of League Two and even turned them into promotion contenders after a 17 point deduction and kept Barnsley in the Championship when critics had all tipped the Oakwell side to go down. Coventry was near the bottom of League One when he took over and now they are play-off contenders.
Special credit should go to Mark Lillis and Steve Eyre for steadying the ship after the sacking of Grayson. Lillis went back to basics and the players looked to have enjoyed playing for him and to be fair in games with the exception of Derby, Lillis got his game plans spot on. The 4th round replay against Leicester was a prime example. The players worked hard, defended and attacked as a unit and played some neat passing football. The home against Crystal Palace Wilfred Zaha and Bolasie never got a look in all 90 minutes stop the two wingers and you stop Palace and that's exactly what we did.
The sacking of Grayson was really inevitable. You can't go 12 games without a win and not expect to be looking down the barrel. Whilst I am grateful for Grayson for finally getting us out of League One he did really create the rod for his own back at times. It all started off well we hit 2nd place after a fine win against Blackpool then it all went Pete Tong I'd say from October. Performance started waning then results started whilst injuries didn't help the constant team changing towards the end of his reign at Town were nothing short of baffling. The turning point for me was the home match against Leeds in December when practically the whole team was changed and he didn't field our strongest XI. Constant change in tactics, players would be dropped altogether then suddenly reappear the next game, players who hadn't even been anywhere near the bench for weeks let alone starting would suddenly start and then quickly disappear again and some players would be played out of position.
I agree with Robert Pepper in that the Examiner that Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night should be Robins' main focus (or something along them lines). I am looking forward to the FA Cup 5th round tie with Wigan on Sunday but safety in the league is our main priority at the moment I'm sure most of you will agree.