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The Guest Blog - Season 2, Episode 8

Our regular blogger, Adam Guest, explains his annoyance at 'Smith In' supporters starting 'Smith Out' debates, and makes a bold prediction...

Anyone who reads this blog regularly will hopefully remember that last week we indulged in a spot of statistical analysis. For those who didn`t, it went something like this:

In early 2012 we were rubbish, then we got battered 5-1 at Coventry which somehow resulted in us turning into world beaters for a year and a bit, until we ran riot and won 5-1 at Notts County in January, following which we have become incredibly hopeless ever since. I almost concluded by saying the best thing that could happen to us would be to take a 5-1 hammering against Preston to shake us from our slumber and see if we could start the cycle again. It felt like wishful thinking however so I decided against it, and happily on Saturday we produced our best performance since that day at Meadow Lane and everything started to look a little bit more positive.

Then came Tuesday night. A performance so inept I refuse to pollute this blog by talking about it. That said, I confess to being a little bit annoyed with Sam Mantom, just after the score had gone to 4-0, tweeting about how much he was enjoying sitting at home watching Dortmund in the Champions League. Or I would have been, if I hadn`t already learned from Nigel Clough this season that if a senior player isn`t in the match day squad then he`s free to do whatever he pleases.

The result on Tuesday has resulted in the now seemingly regular discussions on message boards and social media about the future of Dean Smith. Now the debate itself I can understand; there are a few who believe he has taken the club as far as he can and are citing his poor win percentage as evidence of this. That`s fair enough.

What I don`t get is why 90% of the time these debates, statuses, tweets etc, are started by people who begin with "I`m still Smith Inů", or words to that effect. The problem with 'Smith In` fans starting debates over the future of the manager is it results in people talking and thinking about the possibility of Smith Out. If that`s not what you want, and it isn`t what seems to be happening (I`d suggest his future at the club is still reasonably secure for the time being), then why continuously start debates around it? This site is as guilty of it as anyone else of doing this, but we`re going to talk ourselves into a Smith Out campaign if we`re not careful.

That may be unnecessary now because, as last weeks blog showed, freak results seem to somehow bring around a change of fortune for us. Let`s hope history as repeated itself again. We`ll know if it has if we avoid defeat at Gillingham on Saturday; if that happens I predict we won`t lose any more than two games between now and Christmas. If we lose however, I`m sure we could all predict the topic of debate on Saturday night.

The Journalist

Writer: @adamguestwfc Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday September 18 2014

Time: 10:09AM

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