Wilson on borrowed time as Town fight to avoid relegation
Back on 1st November I posted the similarities between the final days of the Malpas era and 2010/2011 under Wilson and whether Fitton should be consistent with his decision back in 2009.
The alternative view was it was still too early to call for changes, mainly because of what Wilson had achieved only six months previous and fans remained hopeful he was the right man to turn it around.
Now, just over two months later, the calls to end Wilson’s tenure at the County Ground are becoming louder and louder.
With Town’s humiliating 3-1 defeat at Bristol Rovers this made three league defeats on the bounce and Wilson’s worst run at Swindon, this is a feat not even achieved by Malpas.
The results and form do not lie. Town have fallen to 20th, a full 10 points off the play-offs and effectively sitting in the relegation mire given Yoevil’s game in hand.
Despite what the players believed in their pre-match interviews with BBC Wiltshire, Town’s dreams of repeating last season’s play-off challenge ended a few weeks ago with the Oldham defeat. The sooner the players started to realise we are in a relegation battle the better. The Rovers defeat now needs to be the catalyst to avoid starting the 2011/2012 season in League Two.
In terms of Wilson’s future, he has the next two home games against Tranmere and Exeter to show whether he is the right man to lead us into this battle to avoid relegation.
Six points are needed. Any less and we can kiss goodbye to League One given five out of seven games are away in February with visits to Bournemouth, Leyton Orient, Colchester, Exeter and Southampton. Five teams that have only lost 11 (17%) out of 62 games at home.
So our season needs to start, and start now by improving our woeful form at home where we’ve picked up just 18 points of 39 available. We’re currently on target to finish with around 51 points, a figure that would just about secure safety given the past 3 seasons.
To all those who have questioned their desire to turn up to future games given our form, the team needs you all more than ever this week for these two vital games. These games aren’t going to be pretty, so stick right behind the team in their time of need.