After an eminently-forgettable season, it is time to look back over the last nine months.
Ah, May is here! The sun has been out and most of us can look forward to summer. As the curtain comes down on an eminently-forgettable season, it is time to look back over the last nine months.
There has been the odd high, such as the victory over then-leaders Derby and the creditable performances against Arsenal and Spurs in the two cup competitions. But, of course, there have been lows. However, more poignantly, the lows on the pitch have somewhat blended into one.
The season could be characterised by off-the-field events; Sami Hyypia’s departure, Chris Hughton’s arrival, and also the visible passion of Nathan Jones’s short spell in charge. But as game number 46 in the Championship beckons and we "look forward" to a mere 650-mile round trip to Middlesbrough, I would like to give a special mention to the fans who made vast journeys to Blackpool, Sheffield, Norwich, and the like.
There hasn’t been too much to cheer about and many have sympathy for those fans who discarded scarves and shirts at Wigan. But I salute those who maintain their support through thick and thin. It is a tough emotional strain at times and no doubt a huge financial outlay, so clubs must be thankful they have a loyal following prepared to get behind their team when the going gets tough.
Albion had enjoyed two good seasons resulting in the play-offs and hopefully they will learn from the frustration this year. It’s not going to be easy but, hopefully, with some shrewd acquisitions from the board and recruitment team, a full summer for Chris Hughton to mould a new squad, and maybe even a wee bit of luck, the Seagulls can move to the next level.
Finally, a big thank you to all those who didn’t travel, but listened to the shows and commentaries this season.
The input to the Final Whistle at 5pm this year has been incredible and the debate intense. I hope you all have a good summer and look forward to the promise of a new campaign in August.