Shrewsbury Town boss ‘must take responsibility’ for poor start

Shrewsbury Town boss Sam Ricketts must take responsibility for his sides poor start to the season according to the founder of the popular Blue and Amber Fanzine.

Town’s
recent worrying form, culminating with a lack of goals, has piled the pressure
on the beleaguered Sam Ricketts.

Shrewsbury’s
recent back to back home defeats, has seen the poor run of form on their own
soil extend to one win in 11 league matches.

Last season,
Shrewsbury scored just 17 league goals in open play – the lowest in all of
England’s top four divisions. This season all their goals have so far arrived
from set pieces.

It does not
get any easier for Town – with a trip to Fleetwood beginning a difficult double
header, which culminates in a trip to Peterborough on Saturday.

And ardent
Shrewsbury fan Glyn Price, who runs the popular Blue and Amber Fanzine,
believes the buck stops with Ricketts.

He told
Shropshire Live: “It’s very frustrating (to watch the club at the moment.)
Under Sam we have been poor league goal scorers and this summer he was
promising to change the tactics and unlock the goals.

“Sadly, that
has not happened yet and as a result it’s be a very poor start to the season.
This season we are yet to score any league goals from open play – which spells
trouble.

“Sam has to
take responsibility for the current problems, he probably has more attacking
talent at hand this season than any manager for a long time; but still the
output is incredibly poor.”

Glyn ran a
Twitter poll on the Blue and Amber Fanzine page, asking if now was the time to
change manager – 73% responded saying Ricketts should leave now.

When asked
if the former Wolves and Wales defender could win the fans back onside, Glyn
said: “I’m not sure that he can win some fans around.

“My view is
that it’s not a reaction to a poor start this season, but fans remembering how
bad the league form was for most of last season and how there was a lack of
entertainment in the (style of) football.

“Nothing so
far has shown that this is likely to change and as such it would appear people
are happy to cut losses.”

Despite the
negatives, Shrewsbury’s recent signings of former Premier League duo Charlie
Daniels and Marc Pugh, has elicited some excitement amongst supporters. So,
does Ricketts at least get some credit for his recruitment policy?

“Some, but
the quality coming appears to be players north of 33. Short term this should
start to help, but long term it’s leaving the team with little to no saleable assets
which is vital for a club like Shrewsbury.

“A judgement
on this summers recruitment will need to come in a few months’ time – it’s too
early to see who will be a hit or miss.”

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