Friday, 23 November 2007

The house that Gerry built

Ex-Dumbarton manager Gerry McCabe seems adjusted to his fate, albeit disappointed. Which is good. It probably won't cheer him up a huge amount to know it, but he is very far from the least successful occupier of the Sons' bench. In 'The Joy of Six: terrible managerial stints', Guardian football commentator Simon Burnton (not a pseudonym, just in case you were thinking...) plumps for hapless Jim Fallon as his best of the worst of all time. And not just at DFC. He writes:

Dumbarton started the 1995-96 Scottish First Division season well, winning their first two matches. An hour before their third fixture, against Dunfermline, they appointed Fallon as manager (strangely his assistant, Alastair McLeod, was the brother of his predecessor, Murdo). They lost that game 4-0, and it was downhill from there. In fact, though Fallon was in charge for 34 of the 36 games that season, his team won more points from the other two. They finished with 11, 25 fewer than the next worst team. As any reasonable person would expect, the board acted immediately - offering Fallon a new contract. "I feel that it was an unfair playing field for us as we were up against it financially," he moped of the dismal season. "The aim now will be to stabilise the club and make a determined effort to get back up." Fallon's determined effort the following season amounted to one win from 12 games, eight of which - including his last five - were lost. He left in November. In all, Boghead enjoyed only one home win in Fallon's 14 months in charge and his overall league record reads: Played: 46. Won: 2. Drawn: 5. Lost: 39.

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