Why would he not be a better manager after the experience of this year?
There isn’t that much between the Saintees and the rest up to 4th. It’s fine margins. You are arguably the 2nd smallest club in the league now Accies are gone, obviously Livi are now the smallest.
You lost Kerr and it’s affected McCart, it’s not easy to sign a replacement of that level.
You also lost the heartbeat of the midfield in McCann, again nearly impossible to replace.
Rooney hasn’t been anywhere near as prominent this year either which is a big blow as he was everywhere in your cup runs.
Factor in that the league is tougher now all the biggest teams are in it and there’s always a fair chance you will be in a relegation fight regardless of who the manager is.
Aberdeen are only 1 place above and they have a far far bigger budget and fan base.
Livi or whoever could just as easily be down next season.
If you survive then surely the manager gets a chance next season having had the opportunity to learn so much this season toughing it out after having the highs of your greatest ever season previously?
ps you may think the football has been shite to watch, but so does most fans of every team out with the top 3.