Five reasons why Stam has to go
Another game, another frustrating home loss. Despite our dreadful form, Jaap Stam remains our boss, but it's fair to say there is only once direction we are heading under his control. Hint: It's not up.
He changed a shape which worked on Saturday - The last two performances prior to yesterday weren't that bad, a decent performance away at Forest and at home to promotion chasing Derby with a more familiar 4-3-3 formation. Yesterday, it was a 5-3-2, but was easily match by a dominant Sheffield United side who outplayed us playing the same system. I know not having Aluko and Barrow fit was a blow, but there is no reason why he couldn't have started GMac and JDB wide, keeping the midfield three untouched. This completely halted any momentum we built up in the previous two games.
His arrogance and failure to understand the situation we are in - his interview with BBC Berkshire after the game was extraordinary and like his other interviews, a complete lack of fight and recognition of our situation, giving the same excuses, acting almost as if he knows he won't be sacked. We want a manager coming out and saying what we need to do to get out of it, Stam is trying the same rubbish and coming out with the same rubbish off it.
It was another dreadful performance - The manager makes a valid point that the flow of the game may have changed if we scored the penalty, but it still doesn't overshadow what was another drab showing. The first half was probably one of the worst we have witness all season, especially the defender, where they should have been four or five goals up. There were signs of improvement against Derby with our attacking, but that died out and the defending was probably even worse.
I don't know where the next win is going to come - This Saturday's game at Wolves is clearly going to be a right off and after Bolton at home next Tuesday, some tough games follow. While we have a four point gap between us and the relegation zone, that won't last forever. We need points from somewhere, but I just don't know where - we need a short-term option and quickly to give us a hint of a chance.
We need a manager who has the metal to get us out of this dogfight - As I said about Stam's interviews, he doesn't strike me as the person to get the players motivated to get themselves out of this mess. As Derby's second half showing against us on Saturday showed, a manager getting into his players at half time makes a massive difference and I can't see Stam doing that in the dressing room. We need someone with metal and knows this division enough to get us out of it - did someone say Mick McCarthy?