Sinking to new levels of mediocrity and led by a manager who admits he'd rather play games away from home; no longer to even 'pump part timers', which was always handy after struggling against other teams who actually play the game for a living: Allan Johnston's Pars of 2018/19 are a woeful bunch that have forgotten how to play and even how to score.
After 5 League games, we sit third bottom; had Falkirk not collapsed in the second half at Ayr today (losing 3-2 after being 2-0 ahead), one Alloa goal today would have sent us to the foot of the division. Our goal difference is 14 worse than Queen of the South. After 5 games.
How much longer do the board persevere with Allan Johnston? After making a complete hash of the midfield in the summer of 2017, this summer he has ruined the forward line, bringing in wingers to play as strikers, and completely failing to utilise the talent of his best footballer, Faissal El Bakhtaoui, who spends entire games trying to out-jump opposition central defenders as the ball is punted up to him. Get the ball on the ground and play football!
The players look as though they just met an hour before kick-off. The captain is a shadow of the player he was for the past 2 seasons. The big lump signed from Milton Keyes is taking corners aimed at 5'8'' team mates. The French midfielder wasn't even brought on as a sub today (there was no third sub used) despite the midfield being beyond awful. What's the thinking behind all this?
No goals for another week, no creativity, passes over-hit, a manager who signs players who either need weeks to get match fit, or in one case, already injured. The manager drones on about 'hopefully we can score more goals next week', which aside from the obvious - we aren't scoring any goals, so one would be an improvement - there is nothing to suggest that he has any answer to this slump, which has come earlier than his usual annual slump. The lack of fire on the pitch is reflected in the lack of leadership in the dugout. Even uninspiring managers can succeed, however, if they can set up a team to play half-decent football.
All very sad.