EDITOR'S CHAIR: Don't panic, Mr Scadding

DON'T PANIC: County has had a poor start to the league season including a 2-0 opening day defeat to Wycombe Wanderers

DON'T PANIC: County has had a poor start to the league season including a 2-0 opening day defeat to Wycombe Wanderers

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A SLIGHT re-working of one of Corporal Jones's catchphrases from the television comedy classic Dad's Army is my message to Newport County's chairman this week.

Don't panic, Mr Scadding!

Now I don't think for a moment that Les Scadding is thinking of taking drastic action following a poor start to the league season for the County.

But he only has to look at the comments section of our website to see that, for some supporters, panic has well and truly set in.

There have been calls for the head of manager Justin Edinburgh from day one of the season among a minority of the club's fans.

And there were plenty of similar comments on Wednesday night after County made it no points from three games with a 1-0 defeat at Mansfield Town.

The main argument of those who want to see Edinburgh sacked seems to be that County have won just four league games since the turn of the year.

It is a ludicrous argument.

Football is not a calendar-year sport.

If you want to prove an argument in football, you can generally point to statistics from any given start point in a season and they will back you up.

The team is made up of Conference players who aren't good enough for League Two, says one comment on our website. Well, they were good enough for League Two before Christmas last season.

The team has no momentum after ending last season badly, says another. But where does momentum start or end? An unbeaten pre-season, for instance, would suggest County had positive momentum going into the start of the season.

It's time Lotto Les put his hand in his pocket, says another. Easy as it is to spend someone else's money, such a comment ignores the financial fair play rules that now govern all league clubs.

And another calls for Tony Pulis to be appointed. Yep, last season's Premier League Manager of the Year who can probably take his pick from any club in the bottom half of that league when the managerial merry-go-round starts in earnest. It's cloud cuckoo land stuff.

Every one who has left such comments on our site has an absolute right to express their opinions. I just happen to disagree with them and I'm sure they will do with me.

Justin Edinburgh has had a lifetime in football, the bulk of it as a player at the top level. He is no fool. He knows well enough that every manager at every football club has a sell-by date.

But that time is not now and not yet for Edinburgh.

Those calling for his head are often those who complain about a lack of loyalty when players leave for pastures new.

Perhaps they should show Edinburgh some loyalty. This is the man who took County to Wembley for the first time in the club's history, not once but twice.

This is the man who ended County's 25-year exile from the Football League.

And this is the man who turned down offers from other clubs when County were on the up because he wanted to repay the loyalty the club had shown him.

One person tweeted me on Wednesday night to say he would be chanting for Edinburgh to be sacked throughout this Saturday's home match against Burton Albion. Some supporter.

A small proportion of County fans have been spoilt by success over the last two or three years.

The team finished mid-table in League Two last season after a quarter of a century as a non-league club. That was a huge achievement.

Three bad results at the start of the next season shouldn't result in the blind panic a few people are displaying, particularly as there has only been 90 minutes of genuinely poor performance during those games (the second periods against Wycombe and Morecambe).

The time to judge any team, in my view, is after the first 10 games of the season. Then, and only then, might it be time to panic.

What County really need on Saturday is huge vocal support and a win. Here's hoping they get both.

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12:04pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Sing up for the amber boys says...

Well said. Some of the agitators on here would be better off suited to supporting Man City or Chelsea - clearly they don't understand that nature of supporting a small side like ours - i.e most of the time it will be mediocre/ unspectaculaor or a struggle. We've been spoiled the last couple of seasons and what we are facing now is called a reality check. Every year we stay in League Two is a successful season in my book - just ask the plethora of ex-league clubs in the Conference if they would like to be in our position now.
Well said. Some of the agitators on here would be better off suited to supporting Man City or Chelsea - clearly they don't understand that nature of supporting a small side like ours - i.e most of the time it will be mediocre/ unspectaculaor or a struggle. We've been spoiled the last couple of seasons and what we are facing now is called a reality check. Every year we stay in League Two is a successful season in my book - just ask the plethora of ex-league clubs in the Conference if they would like to be in our position now. Sing up for the amber boys
  • Score: 9

1:34pm Thu 21 Aug 14

The Destroyer says...

Firstly - Friendly match results count for nothing - England is a good example of that.
Secondly the main problem is that the existing squad is just not good enough - that was evident last season - why have we carried on with so many average players?
If J E is not responsible for retaining those players, perhaps the finger of blame should point at whoever is.
Firstly - Friendly match results count for nothing - England is a good example of that. Secondly the main problem is that the existing squad is just not good enough - that was evident last season - why have we carried on with so many average players? If J E is not responsible for retaining those players, perhaps the finger of blame should point at whoever is. The Destroyer
  • Score: 5

2:09pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Kevin Ward - Editor says...

I agree with you about pre-season matches - the point I was making was that you can pick any random point in time to justify an argument for a team having positive or negative momentum.
I agree with you about pre-season matches - the point I was making was that you can pick any random point in time to justify an argument for a team having positive or negative momentum. Kevin Ward - Editor
  • Score: -3

3:17pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Thomas O'Malley says...

The understandable concern of the fans is that the poor form since Xmas has continued in the first 2 league matches and despite a better overall performance at Mansfield the lack of quality to defend or score is evident. I'm sure JE is as aware of that as anyone. With Burton to face on Saturday there is every chance County will be bottom by Sunday. The point some fans are missing is JE can't just recruit a new squad because he's constrained by existing player contracts and the financial fair play rules. Ok, blame him for some of those contracts if you like but he can only sign what he can afford within the overall budget. I still think the squad is good enough for mid-table but only if JE can get the best out of them or the relegation writing is on the wall and we know getting up from the conference is a nightmare. I'm sure JE is up for the challenge and at this point I'd still back him but sometimes at clubs the players have just heard the managers voice too much and don't respond.
The understandable concern of the fans is that the poor form since Xmas has continued in the first 2 league matches and despite a better overall performance at Mansfield the lack of quality to defend or score is evident. I'm sure JE is as aware of that as anyone. With Burton to face on Saturday there is every chance County will be bottom by Sunday. The point some fans are missing is JE can't just recruit a new squad because he's constrained by existing player contracts and the financial fair play rules. Ok, blame him for some of those contracts if you like but he can only sign what he can afford within the overall budget. I still think the squad is good enough for mid-table but only if JE can get the best out of them or the relegation writing is on the wall and we know getting up from the conference is a nightmare. I'm sure JE is up for the challenge and at this point I'd still back him but sometimes at clubs the players have just heard the managers voice too much and don't respond. Thomas O'Malley
  • Score: 3

3:34pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Thomas O'Malley says...

As far as we know JE has never had an offer from another club. Portsmouth asked to interview him but Richie Barker was always favourite for the job and JE wisely turned down the interview as the writing was on the wall - Barker sacked 4 months later. Northampton unofficially and illegally sounded JE out but they were bottom of the league when County were near the top and hardly a step up from County anyway. Any other jobs were press speculation as far as we know.
As far as we know JE has never had an offer from another club. Portsmouth asked to interview him but Richie Barker was always favourite for the job and JE wisely turned down the interview as the writing was on the wall - Barker sacked 4 months later. Northampton unofficially and illegally sounded JE out but they were bottom of the league when County were near the top and hardly a step up from County anyway. Any other jobs were press speculation as far as we know. Thomas O'Malley
  • Score: 2

3:36pm Thu 21 Aug 14

b3talover says...

Kevin Ward - Editor wrote:
I agree with you about pre-season matches - the point I was making was that you can pick any random point in time to justify an argument for a team having positive or negative momentum.
Surely eight months of results is a fair representation? It's not a blip by any stretch of the imagination. Even if you take into account the entire of last season up until now the away record is a great cause for concern. I know you have to be positive towards the County or potentially you'll be on the receiving end of a media blackout, but you can't ignore the statistics. Whatever point you take them from, new season or last season, they just aren't that promising. Short of completing an excel spreadsheet to hammer my point home the County are dipping in form quite drastically over a sustained period. This needs to be addressed or we are heading towards relegation. Often people say that the first few games are not an indicator of what will happen throughout the rest of the season, but if you take a look at what the bookies are doing then it usually rings true. Nearly every other team in League Two have strengthened significantly over the summer, be it with loans or free transfers. Yes, we have financial fairplay and contracts to deal with, but if other sides can revamp, why can't we? Wycombe don't seem to be taking any chances this year, do they. They had a wake-up call to make them jump into action. Bristol Rovers didn't even see their relegation coming as they were so complacent. Positive vibes from the terraces isn't really going to have a great impact on the pitch during a game, it's down to the players. I want to win the lottery, but I can't will it to happen with the powers of my mind using positive thought energy. Proactive not reactive...
[quote][p][bold]Kevin Ward - Editor[/bold] wrote: I agree with you about pre-season matches - the point I was making was that you can pick any random point in time to justify an argument for a team having positive or negative momentum.[/p][/quote]Surely eight months of results is a fair representation? It's not a blip by any stretch of the imagination. Even if you take into account the entire of last season up until now the away record is a great cause for concern. I know you have to be positive towards the County or potentially you'll be on the receiving end of a media blackout, but you can't ignore the statistics. Whatever point you take them from, new season or last season, they just aren't that promising. Short of completing an excel spreadsheet to hammer my point home the County are dipping in form quite drastically over a sustained period. This needs to be addressed or we are heading towards relegation. Often people say that the first few games are not an indicator of what will happen throughout the rest of the season, but if you take a look at what the bookies are doing then it usually rings true. Nearly every other team in League Two have strengthened significantly over the summer, be it with loans or free transfers. Yes, we have financial fairplay and contracts to deal with, but if other sides can revamp, why can't we? Wycombe don't seem to be taking any chances this year, do they. They had a wake-up call to make them jump into action. Bristol Rovers didn't even see their relegation coming as they were so complacent. Positive vibes from the terraces isn't really going to have a great impact on the pitch during a game, it's down to the players. I want to win the lottery, but I can't will it to happen with the powers of my mind using positive thought energy. Proactive not reactive... b3talover
  • Score: 2

4:29pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Harps62 says...

b3talover wrote:
Kevin Ward - Editor wrote:
I agree with you about pre-season matches - the point I was making was that you can pick any random point in time to justify an argument for a team having positive or negative momentum.
Surely eight months of results is a fair representation? It's not a blip by any stretch of the imagination. Even if you take into account the entire of last season up until now the away record is a great cause for concern. I know you have to be positive towards the County or potentially you'll be on the receiving end of a media blackout, but you can't ignore the statistics. Whatever point you take them from, new season or last season, they just aren't that promising. Short of completing an excel spreadsheet to hammer my point home the County are dipping in form quite drastically over a sustained period. This needs to be addressed or we are heading towards relegation. Often people say that the first few games are not an indicator of what will happen throughout the rest of the season, but if you take a look at what the bookies are doing then it usually rings true. Nearly every other team in League Two have strengthened significantly over the summer, be it with loans or free transfers. Yes, we have financial fairplay and contracts to deal with, but if other sides can revamp, why can't we? Wycombe don't seem to be taking any chances this year, do they. They had a wake-up call to make them jump into action. Bristol Rovers didn't even see their relegation coming as they were so complacent. Positive vibes from the terraces isn't really going to have a great impact on the pitch during a game, it's down to the players. I want to win the lottery, but I can't will it to happen with the powers of my mind using positive thought energy. Proactive not reactive...
Who are these people who keep putting thumbs down to the plain truth.
Rose tinted glasses comes to mind
We all want the County to be successful but 4 wins in 28 games and very-very poor team selection is a huge worry.
Was our chairman's comments about a "job for life" tongue in cheek.
JE got us to Wembley twice.
The York performance was dire
A year later I was jumping around like a nutter albeit Wrexham were the better team on the day.
I honestly think it was a lot of luck that got us promoted.
Do you really think JE will get us any further?
I hope he does but got serious doubts.
Jolly & O Connor were superb in the conference likewise JE perhaps that is their level of success?
[quote][p][bold]b3talover[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kevin Ward - Editor[/bold] wrote: I agree with you about pre-season matches - the point I was making was that you can pick any random point in time to justify an argument for a team having positive or negative momentum.[/p][/quote]Surely eight months of results is a fair representation? It's not a blip by any stretch of the imagination. Even if you take into account the entire of last season up until now the away record is a great cause for concern. I know you have to be positive towards the County or potentially you'll be on the receiving end of a media blackout, but you can't ignore the statistics. Whatever point you take them from, new season or last season, they just aren't that promising. Short of completing an excel spreadsheet to hammer my point home the County are dipping in form quite drastically over a sustained period. This needs to be addressed or we are heading towards relegation. Often people say that the first few games are not an indicator of what will happen throughout the rest of the season, but if you take a look at what the bookies are doing then it usually rings true. Nearly every other team in League Two have strengthened significantly over the summer, be it with loans or free transfers. Yes, we have financial fairplay and contracts to deal with, but if other sides can revamp, why can't we? Wycombe don't seem to be taking any chances this year, do they. They had a wake-up call to make them jump into action. Bristol Rovers didn't even see their relegation coming as they were so complacent. Positive vibes from the terraces isn't really going to have a great impact on the pitch during a game, it's down to the players. I want to win the lottery, but I can't will it to happen with the powers of my mind using positive thought energy. Proactive not reactive...[/p][/quote]Who are these people who keep putting thumbs down to the plain truth. Rose tinted glasses comes to mind We all want the County to be successful but 4 wins in 28 games and very-very poor team selection is a huge worry. Was our chairman's comments about a "job for life" tongue in cheek. JE got us to Wembley twice. The York performance was dire A year later I was jumping around like a nutter albeit Wrexham were the better team on the day. I honestly think it was a lot of luck that got us promoted. Do you really think JE will get us any further? I hope he does but got serious doubts. Jolly & O Connor were superb in the conference likewise JE perhaps that is their level of success? Harps62
  • Score: 1

7:53pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Kevin Ward - Editor says...

As I say in my piece, everyone is entitled to their opinion and anyone else's is as valid as mine whether I agree with it or not.
I will make one reply to a poster above, however.
I am under no pressure at all to be positive about County. My piece is my opinion and no-one else's.
If I had a different view that would also be published.
As I say in my piece, everyone is entitled to their opinion and anyone else's is as valid as mine whether I agree with it or not. I will make one reply to a poster above, however. I am under no pressure at all to be positive about County. My piece is my opinion and no-one else's. If I had a different view that would also be published. Kevin Ward - Editor
  • Score: 3

8:45pm Thu 21 Aug 14

newport15 says...

Kevin Ward - Editor wrote:
As I say in my piece, everyone is entitled to their opinion and anyone else's is as valid as mine whether I agree with it or not.
I will make one reply to a poster above, however.
I am under no pressure at all to be positive about County. My piece is my opinion and no-one else's.
If I had a different view that would also be published.
kevin, football is a results business like it or not, if the county performed well during the last 5 months of last season and started with nil from 4 this season fair enough, give them a chance, but 4 wins from 28 is relegation form and the time has come to make tough choices own because believe me if you go down getting back is tough, just ask a much bigger club in luton
[quote][p][bold]Kevin Ward - Editor[/bold] wrote: As I say in my piece, everyone is entitled to their opinion and anyone else's is as valid as mine whether I agree with it or not. I will make one reply to a poster above, however. I am under no pressure at all to be positive about County. My piece is my opinion and no-one else's. If I had a different view that would also be published.[/p][/quote]kevin, football is a results business like it or not, if the county performed well during the last 5 months of last season and started with nil from 4 this season fair enough, give them a chance, but 4 wins from 28 is relegation form and the time has come to make tough choices own because believe me if you go down getting back is tough, just ask a much bigger club in luton newport15
  • Score: 3

9:13pm Thu 21 Aug 14

b3talover says...

Kevin Ward - Editor wrote:
As I say in my piece, everyone is entitled to their opinion and anyone else's is as valid as mine whether I agree with it or not.
I will make one reply to a poster above, however.
I am under no pressure at all to be positive about County. My piece is my opinion and no-one else's.
If I had a different view that would also be published.
Well, let's see if your opinion changes over the course of the season. I'm sure one of us will have an "I told you so" moment. No doubt yours will be in print. Personally, I hope I have to eat my own words if and when County improve. Although, it's looking ominous for County and we all sense it in the back of our minds. Even the hardcore supporters.
[quote][p][bold]Kevin Ward - Editor[/bold] wrote: As I say in my piece, everyone is entitled to their opinion and anyone else's is as valid as mine whether I agree with it or not. I will make one reply to a poster above, however. I am under no pressure at all to be positive about County. My piece is my opinion and no-one else's. If I had a different view that would also be published.[/p][/quote]Well, let's see if your opinion changes over the course of the season. I'm sure one of us will have an "I told you so" moment. No doubt yours will be in print. Personally, I hope I have to eat my own words if and when County improve. Although, it's looking ominous for County and we all sense it in the back of our minds. Even the hardcore supporters. b3talover
  • Score: 2

10:45pm Thu 21 Aug 14

sooty001 says...

A lot on sense has been talked about on this matter, but the bottom line is that this club HAS to be run as a business and if the business is not up to scratch then someone has to take the flak. We are like shareholders paying our dues every week and if a business is failing then someone in charge is usually for the chop.
A lot on sense has been talked about on this matter, but the bottom line is that this club HAS to be run as a business and if the business is not up to scratch then someone has to take the flak. We are like shareholders paying our dues every week and if a business is failing then someone in charge is usually for the chop. sooty001
  • Score: 0

7:06am Fri 22 Aug 14

bodlondon says...

There are 11 players on the pitch and they need to take responsibility for results
JE has his work cut out to lift a team that is psychologically demoralised and defeated in their heads before they cross the touch lines

I have faith in him - he needs to find something that is going to work in terms of getting a better performance from the players tho, and it needs to be done before then end of Spetember
There are 11 players on the pitch and they need to take responsibility for results JE has his work cut out to lift a team that is psychologically demoralised and defeated in their heads before they cross the touch lines I have faith in him - he needs to find something that is going to work in terms of getting a better performance from the players tho, and it needs to be done before then end of Spetember bodlondon
  • Score: 0

12:11am Sat 23 Aug 14

County Till I Die says...

sooty001 wrote:
A lot on sense has been talked about on this matter, but the bottom line is that this club HAS to be run as a business and if the business is not up to scratch then someone has to take the flak. We are like shareholders paying our dues every week and if a business is failing then someone in charge is usually for the chop.
Bit early for this isn't it?
[quote][p][bold]sooty001[/bold] wrote: A lot on sense has been talked about on this matter, but the bottom line is that this club HAS to be run as a business and if the business is not up to scratch then someone has to take the flak. We are like shareholders paying our dues every week and if a business is failing then someone in charge is usually for the chop.[/p][/quote]Bit early for this isn't it? County Till I Die
  • Score: 0
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