Speaking to Mike Finnerty in this week’s Mayo News (paper and digital variants), new manager Stephen Rochford has called for “a little bit of patience” from supporters ahead of the start of a new year of football action. He’s not asking for too much tolerance from the terraces either, saying that “the way we’ll hopefully be playing next July, August and September” won’t be rolled out for January or February.
It’s a timely request to supporters, with the action set to restart the weekend after next when we open our 2016 FBD League campaign with a match against NUIG at MacHale Park on January 3rd (throw-in 2pm). Expectations are high – possibly higher than ever – as we head into the New Year but the new management team will need plenty of time in the early part of the year to settle into the job, while the players too will need time to get used to the new regime and the demands being made of them by Stephen and his colleagues.
Those of us on the outside looking in obviously want the same outcome as the management and players do. With this in mind, the best thing that supporters can do over the coming months is to heed Stephen’s festive call for some forbearance and, to the maximum extent possible, refrain any OTT reaction to the short-term setbacks that we’ll inevitably face over the coming months. We all know what’s possible for us in 2016 and cool heads on the terraces as the days start to lengthen can only help as the push for the summit begins anew.