Couldn't agree more. I've had a feeling that Dods should go for a couple of months now but the last couple of weeks or so has just confirmed it.
I do feel sorry for Dods in that he has had his fair share of injuries this season, however it appears that we have turned up this season with the sole intention of 'making it difficult' for other teams rather than trying to gather points for ourselves.
This is a quote from the club website from the AGM last year, and while I agree 100% with the decision to not 'chase the dream' and play the long game, it does say that he was given a good budget to allow him to compete. I actually feel he did relatively well with the budget he was given - Crighton has been one of our best players this year and Sinclair has been one of our only real goal threats. I believe Layne was already lined up to come in at the end of the season regardless of whether we went up or not, and even though he had to endure a LOT of stick at the start of the season, I feel he was coming on to a game before disappearing from the side. More funds were given in January following the Celtic cup draw, Tapping has looked ok since joining and I haven't seen enough of Storie to judge, however by this point we were pretty much down already, so I have to question why we are spending more money this season (unless these two are going to stay on next year?)
Sadly Dods' only real tactic this year was to dig our heels in and hope we were still in with a shot in the last 10 minutes or so and then 'give it a go' - this never really worked and he didn't seem to have a Plan B. Rarely have we ventured forward looking for a goal until we need one - normally after the first 15 minutes. I think we've conceded about a quarter of our goals in the first 15, so we can't even use the full time teams' fitness as an excuse.
I think the chopping and changing the last few weeks has shown that Dods has run out of ideas - Crighton being dropped on Tuesday and being subbed on after 25 minutes is baffling as Spark didn't look injured (I may stand corrected on this one) and I don't think Smith did himself any favours in goal - I felt O'Neil had done well enough in the previous games to keep his spot, despite making a mistake for the OG on Saturday.
I don't think I'm alone when I say I've been very disappointed in the lack of ambition Dods has shown this season - and lack of faith in his own players to go out there and win a game. I think it's shown in the last few weeks, where players have given up the ghost and don't seem to be trying anymore - neither do the coaching staff.
If the club are going to stand by Dods and give him next season, then he HAS to start planning for it now. Treat the rest of the games as pre-season for next year, and play the team how he wants to play next season. We surely aren't going to go into League One with the same attitude of defending for most of the game. See who fits the system and who doesn't, sign up the players you want to keep and line up replacements for the ones that are getting shown the door. I don't even care if we lose every game 10-0 as long as we give it a go - I'd have been happy with that this season but it just feels like we haven't even tried. Rant over.