Looks like nobody wants to talk about 2015 (and I don’t blame you – I don’t either, but I find it uncomfortable to whistle past Paulson’s defensiveness…) so I thought I’d open this up while we wait for the coming week end and Orlando away.
At the beginning of the season I know we were all frustrated with the new head coach; the 3-5-2 and the string of unimpressive results had many of us slinging suggestions of #RWOut or, at least, questioning the new gaffer.
I recall saying that I was inclined to give her until at least midseason. If the team was still all in pieces and below the line then? Okay, well, that would be the deal-killer.
Here we are now, five games from the playoffs. Where do we stand?
That’s still a playoff position – which for a Thorns manager is pretty much the minimum acceptable – but not a first round bye. We’ll have to play the fifth-place team (I think…) to make the semifinals if we finish in our current position.
The table is insanely tight, though; six points separate the top six. We’re only three points behind the leaders San Diego…but only two in front of Chicago holding down the final playoff spot.
Then there’s the other part of the question; “the team still all in pieces”.
Is it? We finally thought we’d seen the best XI (well, with Sinc, but…) against San Diego here and that squad fell apart in back and couldn’t score up front and was fairly comprehensively whipped.
But that squad also hadn’t played together more than a handful of times. That’s a problem…and that’s also sort of a coaching problem. But how do you assign responsibility for that?
So I guess I’m still trying to figure out where I stand on Coach Wilkinson.
Clearly she hasn’t done the work Stoney has at San Diego. She seems to have had issues with beating both Harvey and Seattle and Navas and The Damned Courage. Our wins have come against the cans, and our goal difference has largely been because of a handful of lopsided games. We’ve conceded a crap-ton of goals in our seven draws, and our record of 7-3-7 is lopsided with draws and losses.
But…we’re still above the line. And we’ve still only lost three games, the best record on the L-side in the league. The “more-dras-and-losses-than-wins” bug has bitten everyone outside of San Diego this season.
So, what do you think? Is she a keeper? Should the FO be stroking their collective chins? Have you already boarded the RWOut train?