Stoke City’s Championship struggles continued last weekend as we suffered a 3-2 defeat to newly promoted Blackburn Rovers.
With high hopes and galloping expectations at the club following Premier League relegation last season, Stoke just haven’t found a gear yet and we sit in 18th place in the second tier table with only nine points from nine games having only won two of our games.
With the penalty miss by Saido Berahino, that didn’t help as tempers were already frayed for some fans have already turned and want manager Gary Rowett out already.
— Chris Seadon (@cseadon10) September 22, 2018
When your team only starts playing with 10 minutes left of the game, that's when you know it needs changing.#RowettOut
— Daniel jackson (@djjacko11) September 22, 2018
— Antony Pope (@popey81) September 22, 2018
I don't mind long ball if it gets results like it got/gets Pulis results, but we're playing results football and not getting results. #RowettOut
— Kyle Norbury (@kyle_norbury) September 15, 2018
#RowettOut… Too soon? ⚽️
— Stokie Bateman ⚽️ (@Bateman_Man) September 22, 2018
— A$AP Hoppy ???????????????????? (@AlteredHopBeast) September 22, 2018
Speaking following the game, as quoted by the Stoke Sentinel Rowett also confirmed that Moritz Bauer had been in line to feature in the EFL Cup this midweek, but he was now being ‘dealt with’ following presumed ‘disrespect’ owing to a now deleted Tweet he sent ahead of kick-off that the gaffer saw as being an incitement of negativity.
You can read the full quotes on the above link and even if Rowett has a point about the timing of the Tweet, plenty can’t fathom why he’s been made the scapegoat for defensive issues and isn’t in the team, and Rowett’s own standing at the minute – well, this decision is not going to win fans over and help him, however much he says the public criticism isn’t a means to deflect from the result.
It’s how a lot of fans will take it.