Sunday’s home defeat to Liverpool could the final nail on the coffin for the Ladies’ hopes of Champions League qualification.
So in November, the question will be asked – Has the manager reached his targets and if he has not, should he go?
First, it is important to remember that he has won the FA Women’s Cup this season and that’s a huge positive.
The big question is was a top two finish, ie Champions League qualification, one of the official targets?
By matchday 18, if we are in the top two, there will be no questions to ask and it would have been a successful season.
But if we end up third or fourth, the question and inquiry will be why did that happen and did the manager make the most of the huge resources available?
That one is a tough question with 22 players vying for a start. There is no doubt some players are having a good season and others are having a poor one. Others are injured and missing games.
It is quite funny to note that two development team players have been called up to the squad in the last two games despite the squad’s strength in depth.
Under-performing players should be given another chance next season, from the bench, leaving those in the starting 11 those who performed well and not some so-called big names.
Overall I think stability in the coaching staff is important and the manager should stay in for the 2017/18 season where a important evaluation should be made.