In the past, we've risen up the leagues guided by astute managers who could find good players on small budgets, develop others and sell for a profit when they had to. Recently, we've had a succession of managers who have found good players hard to come by and have thrown good money at lousy deals until we're skint.
Dougie Freedman, I admired him as a player. Not the most gifted but quick, intelligent, eye for goal, decent finisher and a character. I don't know him personally but like everyone I form an impression from soundbites and statements. And I suspect he's stubborn. He had the balls to do the necessary in clearing out the deadweight/selling the silverware and we knew when he was appointed we were heading into difficult times.
It is much harder to find previously "undiscovered" talent these days than in the times of Todd and Rioch and the like but we could do with a manager who exhibits similar characteristics to them. One of their chief attributes was that they were never afraid to change things around when the game demanded it and I suspect Dougie's failure to do so is more about his stubbornness than his lack of awareness.
Now we have "Dougie's team" and boy do they need to improve! They need to step up and sort it out and that means pride and performance very quickly.
Can Dougie deliver it? I'm not sure he'll be given the time but in his position I'd be pulling all the stops out to secure my job and tonight was a poor effort. Worse still, there wasn't enough quality on show - a situation any incoming manager would have to live with and that isn't easy.
Right now the question is "will Dougie be given enough time to pull it together?" For me the question should be "now or 8 more games?".
There has been a lot of speculation about "what Dougie thinks" but if I had to hazard a guess I'd suspect he is in despair at the moment. I wish him well but Dougie has big problems right now - people are already asking "who else would do it?".