It seems everyone who has the mentality that Darren Moore deserves another crack and that we'll just end up finishing top 2 based on how we did at the back end of this season is making a huge assumption that this squad will;
1. Stay together
2. Be no worse than this season (despite everyone being older)
3. Have zero injuries
Its just not going to happen. And looking at the other clubs - we've got Derby, Peterborough & Barnsley, MK Dons and one of either Sunderland or Wycombe already before we think about others.
Regards to the players, it feels like Bannan is here to get us promoted before he leaves - it's inconceivable he won't have a barrage of offers to play in the Championship for good footballing teams, paying him better wages and giving us offers frankly we can't turn down given his age and our financial mess. When he's good, which he usually is, he's superb - and the way we play is SO reliant on him having a great day. Our whole system collapses without him. Albeit - he bloody loves it here it seems, so who knows he might just stay 1 more year... but again be entirely reliant on him creating everything.
And how about Gregory, Windass, Luongo, Byers, Johnson... with their wages and (for some) their transfer value to the club are we really expecting them all to stay around on the off-chance we'll storm the division this time and definitely get promotion?
Then there's Storey and Peacock-Farrell - both won't be here next season, no chance. Maybe we'll be able to get equivalent players in? Perhaps Dawson is suddenly ready for a League 1 promotion season... is he though?
We'll be pretty competitive in the market I'd assume - we're capable of punching above our weight with taking punts again on Premier League youngsters but we'll be losing out to the likes of Wigan, Rotherham and other Champ clubs when we try and buy proven League 1 quality that we need -- playing a curious brand of football that is nothing close to "Darren's Moore's style".
Watching Wednesday is STILL somehow like Groundhog Day - we play almost exactly the same every single game. We have a nasty habit of replying on a couple of players - Bannan and a No.9 (For Gregory read Fletcher)
Sometimes they're really on song, we get breaks and score a few, sometimes Bannan will make a difference and run the show when teams let him, but we're consistently so sloppy, slow and hoofball-heavy, struggling to break anyone down when they mark Bannan out of the game - that it ends up being such a slog - as we don't really have any gusto elsewhere to make a difference the way we play.
DM did a really good job getting us actually into the playoffs from where we were in January, but how we struggled for the first half of the season with this squad is just crazy. It just feels all about the players, not the manager and I don't think it can be good enough that way.
I just fear that unless we switch managers to one who will get us playing really intense high pressure football that simply barges our way to wins, we're just going to see next season pan out in a similar way to this one... a slow start as the team gets used to each other, then hitting long hopeful balls up to hope for a break in the dying minutes, again.