Aldershot FanZoner Lewis Blain welcomes the club's decision to sack Dean Holdsworth and bring in Andy Scott as the club's new gaffer.
Aldershot's board of directors finally felt it was time up for Dean Holdsworth, surprisingly after a 1-0 win over fellow strugglers Torquay United. After just over two years at the club he was relieved off his duties but he leaves the club lying in 20th and just two points off the drop.
A whole host of names were in the frame, both ex-Shots boss Gary Waddock and Andy Scott emerged as the early favourites. Along with Graham Westley and the more the utopian choice (or a fans wish) Paulo Di Canio. Scott became the single favourite and odds-on with the bookies because of his link with new CEO of the club Andy Mills.
And Scott was the name announced shortly later, bringing in his assistant and ex-Reading manager Terry Bullivant. The pairing were at Brentford together and they oversaw a successful few years.
The sacking of Holdsworth for me was a few games late or even a month or two, but as the saying goes "it's better late than never".
Some would say it was the poor tactical and team selection which reduced attendances during the last two years but for me it was inevitability to keep stability throughout the squad which has seen 58 players come in through loans in just two years. This from a man who dubbed himself as the 'Master Tactician' (he even made an app for it!)
But now it is time to move on, and look forward to the new era for the club. Scott has brought excitement already with the fans, with many indeed claiming we finally have our club back! Scott has managed two clubs prior to the Shots - Brentford for a three-year spell, and Rotherham, with his stint in South Yorkshire lasting less than a year.
The view from Rotherham isn't exactly a good one, which I find hard to see. His target was play-offs and he was sacked just eight points off them. On the other hand he picked up Brentford from the dog house and turned them into League Two champions a short while later, and the Bees still remain an established League One side.
The key to his success at one club and the failure at the other lies with the assistant Bullivant who did not feature at Rotherham. He is the experienced compass in Scott's backroom staff.
Another feature to Scott's success at Brentford was the ability to bring in talented youngsters, and they proved to make an impact. Some of the players he brought in included Wojciech Szczesny, who currently is Arsenal's first-choice goalkeeper, and also Jordan Rhodes - now scoring for fun at Blackburn Rovers.
I am sure if Scott brought a similar philosophy to Aldershot we too can become an established Football League side, but first he must keep us in the division, a tough ask, yes, but one I feel he can complete. The need for loan players was due to the lack of funds at Brentford - something which is hugely similar with us.
It's now time for the fans, the players and the staff at the club to unite for the remaining games and look forward to another year in the Football League. With the support of the fans getting behind the new man and give the players that extra push and desire for league survival.
Andy Scott is the man for the Shots. Onwards and Upwards.
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