I wonder if Liam Scales was the catalyst to the breakdown between Coughlan and the owner. It looked as if he was a shoe in to sign in July 2019,but Coughlan was made to look foolish especially back in Dublin after alerting the press the player was joining Rovers.I don't think Coughlan held back as an individual if upset or let down and probably spoke his mind, can't believe as Starnes tried to portray the day after he quit that he had rung Starnes asking for his job back on the Sunday morning. Now what are we left with, a youth team coach, not a manager, who is controlled by the owner, has had no influence with who has joined the club over the last three months apart from probably Daly and Koiki. Booted out the one player that could impose himself in midfield rather than the present bunch of choir boys. Ask the question yourself and answer it honestly, name any other club in the EFL who would have appointed someone as manager who hadn't worked at any club for seven months before joining Rovers and even then that was assisting Steve Coppell in India, just check out the standard on Youtube. Add the fact he has a never played the game or managed at any senior level of football it doesn't fill you with confidence going forward. I'm afraid I'm not so optimistic, Coughlan came across as bully but at least we were 4th in the league and looked as if we were going to give it a right go in the second half of the season and probably would have made the play offs. Only time will tell but all the signs for me are pointing in the wrong direction.
It's funny - I'm much more excited by the BG/training ground/develop 'em project
Which isn't to say it'll work, but I think it's a big step forwards
To be honest I share both sentiments to an extent;
1)I actually seem more in the positive camp than most about the current direction of the club and towards BG too. Although, I believe that he still has a great deal to prove and I completely understand why it will take a long time to win over many and he may still not do so. That's a hole he's dug for himself so I have little sympathy. But I am definitely in the cautiously optimistic camp at this point based on off field developments and the games I've watched so far this year.
On the other hand also......
2)I remain absolutely furious at the way we were treated as fans during the GC debacle and what followed. I normally agree with Swiss but not this time. I simply don't believe Starnes statement because it makes no sense in terms of what happened afterwards. A club looking for continuity does not appoint a manager with no experience, who has a completely different tactical approach and then give him the greenlight to turn over half the squad from a position where we were 4th in the League! It's just not a credible defence in my eyes. It's quite clear to me that BG was doing what he was hired to do and that had next to nothing to do with taking a full swing at promotion. The best that can be said is that we were still trying for promotion within a context of making other fundamental changes to the way we worked re; recruitment, training, tactics etc but I'm not sure I'm prepared to even be that generous. And I wasn't a very big fan of GC either. It's the principle that makes me very cross - you don't treat your fans like that.
For many years Irish our leaders have known they can say one thing and then do something completely different without having to give any explanation and with no questioning from the fans or media. This IMO breeds complacency, sloppiness and poor decision making which eventually means they dig themselves into a very deep hole.
Look at Nick Higgs’ physical and mental deterioration after five years at the helm and look at Wael now.