Apologies for this rant, I don't normally post on the forum but some of the absolute pish that I'm reading tonight is ridiculous.
The fact that people applaud Clark after a couple of wins then call for his head after a defeat is embarrassing. Happened a few times this season already. Do you not remember the constant thrashing from s**te teams last season? Two games ago no one was mentioning sacking the manager, now we lose against last seasons 3rd and 4th place teams and people want him gone? Unbelievable.
Even worse is the singling out of players when the result hasn't gone our way. The general feeling the past couple of weeks on this forum about Will Boyle is that he has done well and is one of the loan signings that people would want to stay, however he is being absolutely slated tonight. Yes he had a nightmare, but over 20 games he has been decent for us. Coulibaly, Jones, Boyle, Burn, Tyson, Scott Boyd, Hendrie have had a more positive impact than any of the players that we let go in the summer. While some of the summer signings have been terrible, at least they have not been signed up on 3 year deals like last season. There was no way all of the summer signings would be successful, however we haven't missed anyone that we released and Coulibaly, Jones, Hendrie and Scott Boyd have been solid additions. We are missing one of our top players in Greg Kiltie which is a huge blow, but people like Frizzell and Greg Taylor have made the step up to the first team which is great to see. We are eighth in the league, we are not getting pumped at home 4-0 every week by Dundee, Ross County etc. and we have several quality prospects coming through from the under 20's. We are in a much better position than last season, we have a proven goalscorer and we are taking points from teams around us.
Could we improve? Absolutely. We are nowhere near the team that Mixu and Kenny had. We aren't near the level this great club should be. But there was no way anyone would turn Gary Locke's catastrophe into a team competing for top six in less than a year on this limited budget. We have a long way to go until we are where we should be, but sacking Lee Clark would be a foolish decision.
Personally I am more proud of the team this season. Mention Coulibaly's name to any Scottish football fan this season and they will recall his wonder strikes. This season, I don't go into work every Monday to be reminded of how s**te Killie are, shipping five against Partick Thistle, sitting near the bottom with no hope and getting comfortably beaten by everyone. We have beaten Hearts, Hamilton, Dundee and St Johnstone. We have only lost to Hearts, Rangers, Celtic, Ross County, Aberdeen and Motherwell. Six teams that are way above us in terms of wages and that have much more settled teams.
I'm still not happy with the way we are playing and improvement is 100% required, but for only being in charge for less than a year, Lee Clark has done a decent job. There are much bigger problems off the pitch than on it, we should focus our efforts making change in the boardroom rather than the dressing room. There will be players leaving in January and hopefully some quality will be brought in. Realistically we should be happy with 10th this season although we will hopefully finish higher. It's time we collectively got our heads out of our arses, realise that change on the pitch won't happen overnight, keep fighting for change in the board room and get behind our team.
Do you actually support Kilmarnock Football Club? Or do you just enjoy complaining when they fail?