What has Smith done in his managerial career that suggests he will be a success here? Genuine question. His win % at his previous clubs is nothing to write home about and he hasn’t challenged for anything at either.
Yes he plays attacking football but his teams also leak goals like a sieve.
We saw an upturn in results after he let the players off the leash but now we are seeing his tactical frailties come to the fore. For the last 4/5 games our opponents have exploited our flanks and Smith has not remedied this. I don’t believe it is because the players aren’t good enough, we have seen this season and last that they are.
For me he is a poor mans Kevin Keegan and it seems the only thing he has going for him is outplaying Steve Bruce on a few occasions and he used to clean the bogs at Villa Park.
I had my doubts about him and sadly they are coming to fruition. When we finish mid table in May we should move on. Pointless keeping him for the sake of stability. We will go nowhere under this manager.