I understand and applaud sensible and constructive argument in favour of Andy Ford, however I have seen little evidence of it so far on these forums. The majority of the points put forward in support of the current manager appear to be a mixture of 'it worked in the past, it will work for us now' and derogatory comments aimed at others.
The Johnny come lately tag is unfair but slightly understandable as it seems to be mainly those supporters who have started coming since we became "successful" who are the quickest to complain the moment things start to go wrong, while those who have "seen it all before" are a little more laid back about things.
Having said that, there hasn't actually been a lot of constructive comments from the Ford must go camp either.
If you are going to replace the manager, then you have to know that he can be replaced with someone better, and at the moment the only offers we have had are Adrain Pennock, who is completely untested as a manager, and Paul Gasgoine on the grounds that he is rich and won't want paying. If this wasn't so serious it would be laughable.
Now as things stand we have to work within the budget constraints set by the board, and don't forget these constraints are not just set for the sheer hell of it, but to keep the club in business. Some of the knockers seem to think that if Andy were to go then players would come flooding to the club. This is arrant nonsense, while there may be some players who don't want to play for Andy, the biggest reason we can't sign players is [color:"red"] MONEY!
[/color] This are professional footballers are are not going to take a pay cut just because they like the manager.
Do you think for one minute that all the Canvey players like Jeff King, or is it more likely that they go there because in round terms they can get twice as much money as they can playing for us. Both Ty Gooden and Junior MacDougald were prepared to talk to us but in the end were lured to the extra money, and I for one don't blame them for that.
If you really want this club to survive then you are going to have to play your part. Turn up to the matches, support the players, support the trust, and don't turn on the management the moment things go wrong. The season is only six matches old for God's sake.