DIARY: Time to give the caretakers a chance


After four wins from four and heading to lowly Fleetwood in high spirits, I think many would have agreed that the caretaker managerial duo of Nick Daws and Andy Dawson were a shoo-in for the role until the end of the season.

They probably still are, as until the weekend they hadn’t put a foot wrong.

The situation will become clearer after their meeting with Peter Swann today, however it could be argued that the first half at Fleetwood was a definite blot on their copy book.

Having controlled the game at Millwall on Tuesday to edge closer to the play offs, Saturday was a huge disappointment… but it isn’t the end of the world.

Reflecting on the turnaround during the last five weeks, it has been largely excellent. There are now, of course, people doubting whether Daws and Dawson are the men for the job. I suppose in some ways, it was to be expected.

The four wins preceding Saturday and the definite change in style of play have been forgotten by a few, who are using the defeat at Fleetwood to have a really good moan. The reverse was typical Scunthorpe United and a typical response from some of our fans followed. Just last week, you’d have been hard pressed to find an Iron fan who didn’t think they deserved a crack at the task at hand.

In my eyes, in the short term, they are the best option we have. Cotterill and maybe Cooper aside, the managers linked with the vacancy have been less than inspiring and it has to be said that they have done well so far.

Perhaps our new duo did get it wrong this weekend. Perhaps they shouldn’t have overlooked Jim O’Brien as Dawson’ limped off, but let’s remember it’s their only mistake so far. It’s hoped the injury to Dawson isn’t serious, but if so, O’Brien should start on Saturday. He looked a different class at Millwall and could play a big part in the last few months of the campaign.

So although as disappointing as this weekend was, I think we need to put our trust into Daws and Dawson until the end of the season. Yes they got a big substitution wrong at Fleetwood, but on Tuesday they were lauded for their substitutions! Oldham gives them chance to make amends.

After a really poor start, if we find ourselves in the play off shake up come April, they’ll have done a really decent job.

That’s not to say we should accept any more poor performances or negative tactics. The first four games were won by trying to entertain. More of that is required. If they can deliver it, they’ll do alright for me.

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Written by Matt Blanchard

Part of the team since 2007, before becoming editor in 2013. Undertaken the role of match summariser during Scunthorpe United live match commentaries for BBC Radio Humberside. Seasonal contributor to football titles FourFourTwo and When Saturday Comes and a finalist at the Football Blogging Awards in 2014.

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