Twelve up

October 21, 2012




Ken Masters



Pre season is becoming dim and distant and the cliche ‘It’s Early Days’ is beginning to wear a little thin. Nonetheless there still is lot of football to be played, with many twists and turns to come. Teams will go on winning runs, others will suffer bad patches, inconsistency will prevail for most and nothing will be certain until the blossom of the New Spring.

The urge to change things will be felt in a good few boardrooms no doubt, and indeed this is already happening at what you may consider to be the most loyal thinking of football clubs; just take AFC Wimbledon. The sacking of Terry Brown was widely reported on all of the leading football websites.

Brown joined the Dons in 2007 and led the club into the Football League in 2011, following three promotions in the space of four seasons. How could anyone do better than that? You could never see it all ending in tears but it did, quite literally, by all accounts. Understandably, Brown, who was the seventh longest serving manager in England, says he will look back on his time at Kingsmeadow with fond memories after guiding the side from the Isthmian League to League Two.

“I will remember five absolutely fantastic years at the club,” he said in a statement on the club’s website.

“I cannot say I have enjoyed this season as it has not gone well, but my abiding memory will be our three promotions.

“I will never forget having the honour of being the manager who took AFC Wimbledon back into the Football League.” Actually, I do not think AFC Wimbledon had been a League club before as such. AFC Wimbledon, were formed in 2002 when the old Wimbledon FC relocated to Milton Keynes. Still, but no one would deny them the heritage.

AFC Wimbledon chief executive Erik Samuelson added:

“This is a terribly sad moment for all of us.”

Quite so Erik, but mostly for Terry Brown I would suggest; still, that’s football. I am sure that Terry Brown will go down as a Wimbledon legend and over time his presence at the club will always be welcomed most warmly.

Unlike Wimbledon, Wycombe strike me as a club where managers come and go and the latest Adam’s Park casualty is former Rovers player Gary Waddock. This from the Wikipedia web site:

Waddock was appointed manager of the then League One side in October 2009 as successor to the sacked Peter Taylor. Despite an upturn in form, and a large turnover of players towards the end of the season, Waddock was unable

to prevent Wycombe Wanderers’ relegation to League Two.

Wycombe finished the 2010/11 season by being promoted back to League One having finished third in League Two. However, they were relegated back to League Two last season.

I found this from Wycombe mid fielder Matt Bloomfield on his BBC Sport blog.“We have just lost our manager, Gary Waddock. I am disappointed, as I have been with every manager that has left Wycombe. I have taken different things from each individual and tried to learn as much as I could. When I heard the news, the first thing I did was to text Gary to thank him for everything he had done for me and also to wish him all the best for the future.”

Matt goes on:

“However, the most important thing now is the club and its supporters. Players and managers come and go but the fans will always be there to support whoever is representing their club.”

A lot of people will agree with that Matt, especially the fans. Perhaps the real surprise, after just 12 games in, is the changes to the management structure at Barnet. How about this for gob smacking headline!

“Former Dutch midfielder Edgar Davids has joined League Two side Barnet as joint head coach with a view to also resuming his playing career.”

Play as well! The 39 year old, who played for Ajax, Juventus and Barcelona in a glittering career, will assist Mark Robson at the Football League’s bottom club.

Davids tweeted: “Happy to say I will join my local football club Barnet as a player/coach.”

There’s more: A Barnet statement said he could make his debut within a fortnight. This is the second time that Davids has come out of retirement as I recall it. He played six games for Crystal Palace in 2010 and just to remind ourselves he won 76 international caps and helped Ajax win the Champions League, UEFA Cup and three Eredivisie titles.

In Italy, he picked up three Serie ‘N championships with Juventus and the Coppa Italia with Inter Milan.

Davids says he is ready for the Barnet challenge; well he could push up the attendances around League Two, if nothing else, and we look forward to welcoming him to the Mem in February.


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