Exeter City boss Gary Caldwell has stated in his post-match interview with BBC Radio Devon that he still has the support of both the players as well as the board despite a mammoth losing run.
A 1-0 loss to Port Vale on Saturday extended the Grecians’ winless run in the league to 11 matches, scoring just twice during that period to earn themselves two points. To make matters worse for Caldwell, the loss marks the club’s longest winless run in 28 years and that run looks likely to be extended given the recent performances.
Port Vale travelled to St James Park looking for their first win in 11 matches themselves and would leave Devon with all three points, in the process ending their long losing run. That now makes Exeter the worst side in the form table with each game heaping more and more pressure on the manager.
Fortunately for the Grecians, all four teams below them in the relegation zone failed to win, with only bottom side Cheltenham picking up points in a 1-1 draw with Bristol Rovers.
It is however becoming worrying just how long Exeter’s winless run has lasted and there can be some questions regarding Caldwell’s capabilities as the manager.
The fans themselves are beginning to turn on the Scotsman, with boos ringing around St James Park at full time and fans calling for him to leave his role.
Though Caldwell has stated that he will know when it is time to quit, but that is evidently not yet, as seen in his post-match interview.
“I’m the first one that if I sense any negativity from the players towards how we’re trying to play, the fans don’t need to sing for me to go. I’ll know if I’ve lost the dressing room or if the club is not going in the right direction – I’ll be the first one to go and speak to the board.
“I believe the players are giving everything, I believe they need support, they need help in the coming weeks to get them a goal, they need help in terms of the squad size in January, and we all have to do that as a football club.”
The manager also admitted that his side are under a ‘curse’ in front of goal currently, as they once again failed to score.
“It feels like a bit of a curse at the moment, the ball’s just not going in the net for us, and sometimes that happens in football.
“We have to keep going, we have to keep working because I’m sure with this group of players it can turn.”
On a day which has seen Burton Albion announce the departure of manager Dino Maamria, it might not be too long until Caldwell’s time is up.
Exeter are very fortunate to not be in the relegation zone currently, with the four sides below them all struggling to put results together. Their current run is nothing short of shocking, and if going on much longer, then the clubs below will surely catch-up.
Caldwell got a lot of credit at the start of the season but has now lost almost all of that, and a loss against Stevenage next Saturday could be the final nail in the coffin.