Dominic O’Shea comments about Swansea fans who think Jackett should be sacked.
I can’t believe what I read on a fellow Swans’ website that Kenny Jackett should be sacked and ‘he has to go’ for tactical ineptitude after the Port Vale game and how last year we got up in spite of and not because of him.
Someone even suggested Brian Flynn should still be here. Now, at the time, I felt simularly – I didn’t want Flynn to go after he saved us from the Conference, and I will be eternally grateful.
What galls me, is that people aren’t happy with Kenny Jackett having got us the promotion Brian Flynn couldn’t at first attempt.
He then transformed Kristian O’leary last year into our Player of the Year, and his players made up the majority of the starting 11. He got it spot on.
He has also won FAW Cup twice whilst being here. Some fans point to this as pointless and meaningless, (except for cash) – but if it’s so ‘easy’, then why had no previous Swans manager EVER won it for us?? Not only did he get us to win it but we actually retained the trophy too.
Furthermore, there is the Football League Trophy – he also got us there, and won it. It was a fantastic day for the club, players, fans and himself. His team selection in terms of weakening his side in certain games worked perfectly.
Also, when we arrived in this division, after very little transfer activity – a lot of you predicted a struggle. I was someone who thought we would be in mid-table for the majority. The season until mid-December was exceptional and above everyone’s expectations. It is very true that since then, the football and results have suffered.
However, we are still there, in competition for 2nd place, with a very good chance of a playoff place minimum. If someone had said that at the start of the season – we would have been biting hands off. I think some people should lay off KJ and his tactics – 1 promotion and 3 cups and in competition for another promotion at first attempt is not a bad CV for a young manager in his first full two seasons.
There are many clubs who would like to have him and be far more grateful. Whether we are in the playoffs or not even, he has done a good job for us and I will be lambasting anyone who calls for his head after a disappointing game.
People remember the cup run under Flynn, and not the miserable defeats in Macclesfield and Notts County, as well as defeats at home to the likes of Carlisle – a team then destined for the Conference.
So, let’s get behind the team in this final push, and irrespective of whether it’s in the playoffs or not, let’s clap the team off the pitch and congratulate them on our highest finish for what seems forever.
Thanks to Dominic O’Shea for his latest column.