Sometimes a change needs to be made

I have a pretty unique job out in the real world. On Saturday afternoons I spend my time monitoring the goings on across the top four divisions in English and Scottish football. Everything from notable goals, dubious efforts, rash red cards and bizarre circumstance usually spark my interest in amongst a sea of television streams.

Usually I can pick and choose between 10-12 matches in the English Championship to watch live. I stroll along three banks of desks as the analysts are busy at work and can linger to take in a promising situation. It’s pretty cool all told.

At about 4:20pm on Saturday afternoon I noted how well a team in white were retaining possession. Their opposition were doing their utmost to close down the ball as quickly as possible, hunting in packs and racing towards the man in position with dangerous intent; and they moved it around them. The ball was moved in and out of holes in midfield; and then out wide to the left back who eventually played a wayward cross towards the striker. The signs were good.

Until I was reminded that the team in white were Huddersfield and I had been aghast with some of their hideous play in the opening 45 minutes.

Huddersfield Town eventually showed up to the party on the opening day once they were 0-4 down; and even then they managed to concede a penalty a few minutes later. Refusing to give it a proper go until already four goals down is an unsustainable tactic; no matter what way you look at it.

It was only one performance and on the blunt face of it, it’s pretty harsh on Mark Robins that he has already become the first managerial casualty of the new season.

However, the writing has been on the wall. After beating Barnsley 5-0 on March 1st, The Terriers won just two of their remaining 13 games in the league. Those two victories came in the final three matches of the season and put a gloss on the season as it lifted Town into 17th place in the league.

The season didn’t end well for Robins and it was clear on Saturday that he hadn’t corrected those errors. His summer of preparation hadn’t done the trick and a change needed to be made with three weeks left in the transfer window.

It’s a far from ideal situation for Huddersfield but sometimes changes need to be made. Saturday’s performance proved that to be the case. Mark Robins is a victim of modern football and the pressure that comes with it; but his methods weren’t working. Given their poor run-in and the disaster against Bournemouth, it’s hard to argue with his departure.

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