Blog: Shrews pride themselves on loyalty

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The managerial roundabout has been busier this season that it ever has, writes Shrewsbury Town blogger Liam Hoofe.

So far this week we have seen two managers relieved of their duties. Michael Appleton at Blackburn and Gary Smith at Stevenage have both lost their jobs.

With us being in the business of the season, one has to question just how wise it is to get rid of a manager with only such little time to go.

One thing that our club has had over the years is stability, we have never been a sack-happy club who changes their manager as much as the weather changes and for that we should be grateful.

Many fans throughout the season have expressed the opinion that perhaps it is time for Graham Turner to call it a day.

But, for better or worse ,the club has stuck by him and with there only being seven games left many will be wondering whether that is the right decision.

There appears to be two trains of thought between fans at the moment. Some believe it's time for Turner to step down and pass on the reigns.

Others believe that he has done exactly what he has set out to do and, if he keeps us in League One at the end of the season, then there is no reason for him to leave.

Ultimately, this all boils down to a case of expectations. After such a successful season last year, some people would have been expecting us to keep some players and improve on the squad that we had.


For various reasons, our squad has been changed an awful amount of times this year and a consistent starting 11 has not been present for the majority of the campaign.

Turner has himself admitted that he relied heavily on the loan market this season and some of his signings have not been quite what we expected.

However, this season was all about survival in League One for me and, while we have had too many loan players in the team, if it keeps us up then that's all that concerns me.

If we survive this season then for me Turner has done his job well, if he doesn't then it will be down to the club to decide what they want to do for the future.


Loyalty is a rarity in the modern game and it's something I believe we can pride ourselves on at Shrewsbury. Will it pay off? Only time will tell but it's a risk I'm very glad we have taken.

As for the end of the season, if Graham Turner decides to stick with the club or move on and let someone else take over then that's the decision of him and the club.

It's one which will have my full support.

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