As reported above, Brian Little has signed a two year contract with the club. I hope it's the beginning of the end of the grimmest period in our history, but there've been so many false dawns lately that I feel I can only feel hopefully once something concrete has been achieved.
Little rightly points out that we should judge him once he is able to put together his own side. I accept this to an extent; most managers like to put their mark on a club and ensure there's a turnover of players to suit their taste. However, a manager also has to be able to work with what you inherit.
We've paid a heavy price this season for the period between Little's appointment and the opening of the transfer window. After the three-game false dawn at the start of his reign we equalled the second longest run of consecutive defeats in the club's history; if we'd lost at home to MK Dons we'd have equalled it! The failure to pick up any of the twenty-one points available in that period is a huge factor in the position we find ourselves in today.
To be fair to Little he inherited a squad which was bedraggled to say the least, their confidence completely shot. Also, he did well to reshuffle the side in January and is unfortunate not to have hauled us up the table; while the danger that aging players could creak and break down was always there, nobody could question the thinking behind bringing in the likes of Danny Sonner. However, the underachievement of the side before they were drafted in is what really left us playing catch-up. Over the next two years that must never happen again