Amber Andy wrote:
cassellswasmagic wrote:I’m more confident with GC than I ever was with JD and even DF.
Based on what ? DF got us to fourth from top, GC got us fourth from bottom.
Interesting comparison to be done.
DF first 12 games as manager (a side in the play-offs and challenging for autos) - 12pts
GC first 12 games as manager (suffering in the bottom third of the league) - 10pts
Not too much difference and given the quality of players at their disposal you would probably say GC had the better start, although neither covered themselves in glory
DF final 12 games (having had two transfer windows and a full pre-season, having done brilliantly in the first half of the season) - 15pts
GC final 12 games (no pre-season, offloading players who didn’t want to be here) - 14pts
Again, not too much difference here.
GC 19 games taken charge of Bristol Rovers after a full pre-season (lower half budget for the league) - 34pts
DF 19 games taken charge of us in 18/19 season after a full pre-season (at the very least top 6 budget, probably higher) - 32pts
GC with a far better job here given respective expectations.
There are two big differences I suppose. The first is that Rovers were performing without expectation, so we’re able to go under the radar and utilise as underdog mentality. There was no expectation on them to play pretty football so no huge pressure from fans against style of play etc. Flitcroft had to deal with project promotion and smash the league and expectation of fans. Whilst our expectations as fans may be a little lower this season, fans from other clubs have already started the ‘moneybags Mansfield’ stuff given our early activity in the market.
The other difference is that GC has no track record of achievement, whereas Flitcroft had been there and done it before.