Well it would have been more endearing than 1-2; 0-2; 0-3
It just seems like, it is as feared, that inexperienced mistakes are being highlighted at this level.
Harsh on him yes, but he stated he wanted the job so that’s what it’s like at this level, intense scrutiny all the time.
We must have changed formation 3/4 times in the second half alone tonight, that’s very hard to keep up with even if you’re full of confidence. And we’ve yet to see the best set up / mix of styles in the starting xi (Chelsea away) repeated, which is a bit odd.
And I don’t buy that the players aren’t trying; even tonight we could have equalised, before we collapsed, with Keane’s header but it was the Feeney sub that really let the wheels come off.
Looking at the pictures from training it appears that the players like his sessions but that could simply mean that he’s a coach rather than a manager.
He's been pretty brave and maybe a bit too much. But the fans were always going to be concerned about inexperience, like with a young player. But it's the players who play the game and manager is influential not all powerful, other influences effect performance heavily. By and large been the younger players who have shown him respect and effort.
Players know that if others are playing shit, there is less pressure on them. When fans are focused on a new potential manager between each game, it provides no continuity, no ability to build or get any momentum.
I don't know where Unsworth goes from here, it's a difficult retreat to U23s, he's unlikely to get a big job off the back of it. He might yet get the job, if the board decide they don't like options until January, but seems highly unlikely now, especially given he's been in far better place earlier on.