My feeling is that as a fanbase we're pre-disposed towards negativity and assuming the worst (completely understandably after the last three decades). So when things turn to shit, as they have, our tendency is to almost withdraw into ourselves and go towards the lowest common denominator as a defence mechanism. I get that and I don't blame people for leaning that way at all.
But we need to be bolder than that as a club, and not throw all the good things we have out the window because of that fear. I know they're not showing it, but we do have some good players and some excellent young players. A talented progressive manager should be able to organise what we have, sell a few in January, bring in at least 3 players in the positions where there are gaping holes, steer us to mid table and then have a plan to push us seriously forward next season.
If we get an Allardyce he probably will keep us up, but half the fans would dislike him and view anything he does with resentment, and the other half would spend it blindly defending him. We'd become an even more divided club, we'd end up binning him in the near future, having to start from scratch again, and having to buy a whole raft of new players again. Let's not write off another couple of seasons.