More pressure was mounted on the shoulders of Stephen Bradley last night as his side slipped to another defeat to bottom side Bray Wanderers.
Many fans of Rovers through pure frustration are calling for the sacking of Stephen Bradley from Shamrock Rovers.
Is it justified?
On a factual basis Shamrock Rovers this season Rovers have not been in great form and are sitting in eighth place in the current form guide (last 5 games).
In his first full season in charge of the Tallaght side, Bradley led his side to a third place finish, EA Sports Cup Final and progressed through a round in Europe.
Anyone connected with the club would admit that was a good return with plenty of potential to build for the 2018 season.
With some astute signing in the off season including Daniel Carr, Sean Kavanagh, Ethan Boyle & the experienced Greg Bolger it was expected that Shamrock Rovers and Stephen Bradley would challenge for the League title this season.
So far, unfortunately it has not worked out that way with Rovers currently sitting in fifth place and eight points behind leaders Dundalk.
Also to note that if St Pat’s & Sligo Rovers won their games in hand they would be above Rovers and leave the club in seventh place after twelve games.
Not the return fans and the board would have expected from Bradley & his team.
However, the point of this article is to suggest that a lot of this is not the fault of Stephen Bradley and his coaching staff but down to individual errors of players.
Two perfect examples of individual errors that cost Rovers points this season come in the form of two of the clubs most experienced players Ronan Finn & Greg Bolger.
The first example is Ronan Finn’s back pass last night, the pass went straight to a Bray player to easily score and and cost Shamrock Rovers to lose the game.
Bray Wanderers 0-1 Shamrock Rovers. Watch the goal that gave struggling Bray Wanderers their first league victory of the season. #loi #soccerrepublic #greatestleagueintheworld pic.twitter.com/Yl6vnhwdrM
— Soccer Republic (@SoccRepublic) April 17, 2018
The second is another individual mistake but this one comes from the experienced Greg Bolger.
By not clearing the simple cross from Chris Shields it led to a mix up with goalkeeper Kevin Horgan and the ball simply trickled into the net.
Rovers lost that game 2-1, so another point potentially lost.
— Soccer Republic (@SoccRepublic) April 6, 2018
Bradley ultimately takes responsibility for results but he cannot be blamed for his experienced players consistently making mistakes.
The Dubliner is regarded as a great hands on coach that is at the club from sunrise to sunset, and is continuously analysing his teams to help them develop.
Shamrock Rovers as a club have been known in the past to get rid of quality managers too early and seem to be backing their man even through turbulent periods which is good to see.
The players need to have a look at themselves and know that the mistakes are costing the club points and could ultimately cost their manager his job in the long run.