Are we good enough to sack Gary Smith?


Is four wins out of the last fourteen league games a good enough reason to sack Gary Smith?

Fortress Lamex has become a limp bouncy castle with only seventeen points from a possible forty-five claimed on home soil.

Other chairmen would have surely axed the former Colorado Rapids boss by now, but I believe that Phil Wallace is doing the right thing to back the man at the helm.

Loyal Boro fans reply to the taunting trolls on the fans’ forums- “Who would you have instead?”

Rash sacking decisions are a risky gamble. They can pay dividends like with Sheffield Wednesday and Huddersfield in the closing stages of last season which saw both clubs promoted, or you can become a laughing stock like Nottingham Forest in the league above.

Gary Smith was never destined to live in the shadow of former boss Graham Westley- his ruthless style of football and nonsense in the media were not going to be missed. Players followed the previous manager north and Smith has had a clean slate this season. What did we honestly expect? The team is pushing through a transitional phase and I am excited about seeing the new look Stevenage FC take shape.

Chairman Phil Wallace is man who believes in long term projects. A new training facility and plans for a new £1.2 million north stand just reiterates his commitment to the club and its progression. The appointment of Smith was well thought out back in early 2012, and Wallace is always a man to look at the bigger picture.

It was over a week ago that Notts County handed Keith Curle his P45 after just winning two matches in their last 11 in all competitions.

Similarly at the beginning at the season, Paul Groves of Bournemouth was sacked ten games into the season having only won one game of the new campaign.

These are bigger clubs than us who have higher expectations- reaching the playoffs last season was like another fairytale despite defeat at Bramall Lane. This season hasn’t been a let-down either, we have found our place in the footballing world.

With Brentford, Oldham, Shrewsbury and Scunthorpe completing the fixture list in a tough February; it is time to really see what Smith can do as he adopts a 4-4-2 formation after the January additions of Sam Hoskins and Steve Beleck.

Every Boro fan will be awaiting the return of the animal Jon Ashton back to the defensive line, a player who has been dearly missed for an extensive period this season.

I for one am proud to say: In Smith I trust!

Written by Chris Penn, We Are Going Up’s Stevenage blogger

Chris tweets at @cm_penn11

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