In his first post for Non-League Oracle, Richard Lloyd-Ablitt takes a look at the plight of Welling United.
Last night Welling United lost once more, making it 17 games since they last won in the National League. Since that date in October the club have undergone another managerial change, replacing former player and eight year veteran of the club Loui Fazakerley with Dean Frost in January. Having been a youth trainee at Welling and serving as first team coach under Jamie Day’s successful reign at the club, Dean Frost is a man who is passionate about the Wing’s badge. However, his appointment is yet to wield any change in the fortunes on the pitch.
Within two seasons, Welling have had four managers. A situation which can only have aided their struggle within an increasingly competitive league. The National League has seen a number of big teams fall from League Two in recent years, making it a very strong competition. Former FA Cup semi-finalists Tranmere Rovers along with Cheltenham Town and Grimsby now play in the fifth tier of English football. Against established footballing names such as these, Welling United are always bound to struggle. However, poor long term planning always seems to be a recurring theme adding to the woes of the club. Realistically, Welling will never reach the dizzy heights of League football but the club should be strong enough to not face relegation year after year.
After spending 13 years out of the National League, Jamie Day got Welling promoted in the 2012-2013 season. Since then it has been hard work. Last season they only just managed to avoid going down, and this year the drop looks inevitable. Surely the blame for this has to be put at the boards’ door. To have four manages in two seasons, seems to lack a desire to create a stable atmosphere to allow players to settle and develop. With every different manager comes new players, with some old leaving immediately. In such an environment, a team is doomed to fail.
I am a Welling fan, having supported them since being a kid. Unfortunately the club will go down this year, but I hope the club gives itself time to settle and build for a brighter future. The Wings faithful deserve it.
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