COLUMN: Wilson not for walking, so a penny for the board's thoughts

As the natives get ever more restless, a penny for your thoughts, Chesterfield FC board of directors.

Wednesday, 2nd November 2016, 8:49 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 3:56 pm
Picture by Gareth Williams/ Football, Sky Bet League One; Coventry City v Chesterfield; 01/11/2016 KO 7.45pm; Ricoh Arena; copyright picture;Howard Roe/ Spirites boss Danny Wilson ahead of kick-off at Coventry

Danny Wilson has attempted to nip any resignation talk in the bud and if those upstairs intend to back him, a statement to that effect might just take some of the heat off the manager.

The clamour for Wilson’s head is only going to increase, should this wretched run continue and if the club’s intention is to stick with the manager, they might consider letting the fans know where everyone stands.

It would be a show of solidarity for a man currently bearing the brunt of the fanbase angst.

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Chesterfield vs Walsall - Chris Turner and Dave Allen watch on - Pic By James Williamson

Wilson knows more about football than I do and he knows more about this Chesterfield squad than I do, so when he says they’re good enough and when he insists he can turn it around, who am I to argue?

Only time, results and the table will tell if he’s right.

After this week only one thing is certain, Wilson isn’t for walking.

The manager thinks it’s ridiculous to assume he would resign, we have that on record in the clearest of terms.

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What we don’t have is a signal from the board that they too believe he can right the ship.

Wilson is still in a job as I write so the obvious assumption is that he has the board’s favour, at least for now.

I’m led to believe the manager met with the club’s chairman, CEO and company secretary after the Scunthorpe defeat.

Dave Allen was at the ground again on Monday this week.

I wasn’t a fly on the wall on either of those occasions but I’d be fascinated to know what the board make of the situation.

Dean Saunders was sacked after a run of four straight defeats, with the club in 16th place in League One.

There’s no suggestion, other than perhaps from Saunders himself and his close friends, that it was the wrong decision.

His recruitment alone proved problematic at best.

But perhaps Wilson’s appointment was an acknowledgement that times are indeed tough at the Proact, will continue to be so, and someone who can deal with that is needed.

He himself has talked about the club’s change in player policy and the one-in-one-out restriction, it’s no secret.

There’s no shame in realism.

At the beginning of November, the situation is not beyond rescue, it’s a four point gap with 90 points left to play for.

And a vote of confidence from the board would allow Wilson to bat away speculation over his future for a few weeks and concentrate solely on football matters, starting with the FA Cup.

How Chesterfield could use some of the old competition’s magic this weekend.