Nearly six weeks after the last blog , Luton have finally dispensed of the services of Manager Gary Brabin. The long overdue axe finally fell following friday,s 2.1 home defeat against York City. Luton have failed to win any of their last five league games which included an embarrasing 3.0 away defeat at Forest Green Rovers ( average attendance 700 ). Recent poor results has now seen us fall out of the play-off places and down to 6th and a massive 31 points behind leaders Fleeetwood Town. During this period and a wembley final at stake we also failed to beat York over 2 legs and were dumped out in the semi final of the FA Trophy. This being the 2nd successive season we have failed at this stage. Having followed the Hatters for over 40 years i have never felt so down about the team and it's recent performances. Following the defeat against Forest Green, which will probably go down as the worst defeat in the clubs history the Managing Director Gary Sweet took to the match programme to say how for the first time as a fan of over 40 years that he was embarrased by the result and that the manager and the players were told that it was totally unacceptable. Two games later and Mr Brabin had gone. By all account the manager was a nice guy , but sadly this is not what is required at this stage. I had reported previously that i thought that as a former number 2 at the club that he was the wrong man for the job. Certain players come out and backed the manager as you would expect but in reallity he had lost the crowd long ago and may not have had them to begin with. After each poor result it was the same excuses and yet he still believed to the very end that he was the man for the job, that we were a good side and everything would be ok. It must be hard to find an excuse when a club like Luton with our resources and fan base can not beat sides like Bath , Ebbsfleet and Forest Green.One look at the table shows things were far from ok and it is a wonder how the clubs owners remained as patient as they did ?The search for a new manager has started and early favourites at the bookies appear to be former Torquay and Bristol Rovers Manager , Paul Buckle , Steve Tilson , formally at Southend and Mad Dog Martin Allen. Outside bets are Lee Clark , Gary Megson and Paul Ince ( Dream On ). On a temporary basis the club has announced that coaches Alan Neilson and Paul Carden have been placed in charge. Personaly i believe that carden who was bought to the club by Gary Brabin following their spell together at Cambridge , should have gone as well. It is also believed that former player Neilson would like the job full time. My opinion on coaches being promoted to manager at the same club is known. In my opinion it is time for a clean sweep and a fresh face. However i would not be against Neilson being retained as coach and possibly appoint former player Kevin Nicholls to the coaching staff. Here is someone who knows all about the pride of playing for a club like Luton. Remember how when he was at Leeds he upset the club by saying he wanted to go back and play for Luton. As it stands a reversal of form and some good results we can still make the play-offs. This can of course be a lottery as we have been knocked out in 2010 against York ( Again ) and last year losing the final to AFC Wimbledon. I would get no satisfaction out of us gaining promotion this way. especially after performing like we have but if thats the current rule then i would take it. One of our former managers always ended his programme notes by saying Keep The Faith. Easier said than done when supporting Luton Town.
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