Ten straight defeats. That is what the team led by Mieczyslaw Mszyca is facing up to tonight as they conceded their 53rd goal in 10 games and continued their ignominious losing streak. Lord Bebbington has called for a private meeting of the board, and fans have started to become vocally disgruntled at the continued lack of success in Raszków. We asked Blog Editor Martin Bros Nielsen, former Flaming Wodkas FC Captain, what he thought might be going on behind closed doors.
“Quite simply, Revival find themselves 5th in the bottom league in Poland after being active since the 13th of October, 2011. That’s a long time to remain unsuccessful. I think that the simple fact that the sister club is advancing so well is putting masses of pressure on Raszków. This was the team where Golden League began, and yet they seem further away from that dream tonight than ever.”
The historical stats are a little damming too:
“Nine seasons as a club, and yet the squad TSI is less than 50,000. The entire squad!” added a beside himself Alin Badiu, former Wodka player and now HUP journalist.”
Although fans have yet to protest outside the stadium as they have done in the past, it is no secret in the village of Raszków and surrounding areas that if things do not change soon, they will become quite vocal. Lest it be forgot, the fans are the other major stakeholder in the club after Lord Bebbington.
“What I am not sure about,” added Nielsen, “is where the club go now, and by that I mean the board. They can’t sack Mszyca, he is their chosen manager that followed on from Temmink. I don’t think Navis can be blamed either. Navis has done a great job over the seasons overlooking the reserves and Golden League matches. I think the blame has to be pointed at the owner.”
Strong words. The fact they are being spoken however shows the passion and disappointment that fans and ex-players alike are feeling now, so much so that they are not afraid of telling the owner what they think.
“They have recently brought in a large batch of players and you can’t seriously see any of them being sold right now. It’s not the right time, it’s too early. They haven’t been given a chance to settle in, but they also aren’t strong enough to compete with the teams around them. It’s a bit of a lose-lose situation unless something can be put in place long-term. It doesn’t look easy.
I think the squad still needs to be refined. If Revival truly are serious about building, I think they need to strip it down even more at the end of the season. Give these new players the chance to show ‘something’ in the last few games, then sell and profit. If you’re going to lose anyway, why pay high wages and look for players you can’t afford anyway. I would train goalkeepers. Get a truly amazing goalkeeper in place at the back, then with the money gained from selling a similarly trained keeper start building the spine of the team.
I understand that there is a certain strategy about training many players right now, and it might work… I’m just stating my opinion. It’s the board and coaching staff who have to get the club out of this mess, and I don’t see it getting better anytime soon.”
Martin Bros Nielsen is an editor of this blog, and former FWFC legend.