Nothing is ever straight forward at Stockport County! After Paul Simpson had not long left the building, the club quickly acted and asked assistant manager Peter Ward to step up to the plate and steady a ship that was slowly sinking.
Caretaker manager Ward wasted no time at all in bringing in four new faces to the club.
Former Stockport player Anthony Elding is in on a season long loan but Stephen Husband and Ishmel Demontagnac both on loan from Blackpool on month long loans as is Matthew Grieve who has come to the club from Newcastle.
The players would have hardly been able to get to know each other before being thrown in at the deep end to face Gillingham.
The Gillingham match would not be one that the players would want to remember for any length of time as the club were hammered 5-1!
Indeed the only shining light would have been the goal from on loan Ishmel Demontagnac, his first in his loan spell for the club.
The players and Peter Ward have had more than their fair share of events to deal with so far this season and events surrounding the departure of Paul Simpson who did not get on with his back room staff it has been revealed.
The behind the scenes events could not have helped matters, neither could the fact that Paul Simpson must have known that he was not first choice for the manager’s job, as Lord Snape also revealed that Jim Gannon (who is now at Port Vale) was first choice for the manager’s job and he may have been sitting in the chair today had he not had the tragic death of his father to cope with.
Sometimes other things are more important than football.Both parties have moved on since then and I am sure Stockport fans will wish Jim well, until he faces County!
Peter Ward’s men did not have long to feel sorry for themselves as the next league game came thick and fast and again the fans inside Edgeley Park witnessed six goals but this time they were shared in a six goal thriller.
High flying Rotherham were the visitors this time and in a topsy-turvy match, Stockport, lead three times before the heart break of seeing the visitors pull level each time!
New loan signing, Ishmel Demontagnac hit his second goal for the club to give Stockport the lead before, Kevin Ellison levelled for the visitors.
Anthony Elding then missed a penalty for the home side but two goals from another loan signing, Stephen Husband, had Stockport 3-1 ahead before Matthew Grieve gave the visitors hope with an own goal and Ryan Taylor broke Stockport hearts and left Peter Ward “devastated” with the end result after all the effort his players had put in!
It was always going to be difficult this season for the club but if they keep performing like this and keeping a tight reign at the back, then they could start climbing the table and getting themselves into a more secure position for the season and the future.
Before I go I would like to pass on my sympathies to Richard Butcher’s family, friends and team mates at Macclesfield Town. Richard died earlier this week at the age of 29, this only ten months after club legend and manager Keith Alexander passed away.
Richard also played for Kettering Town, Oldham, Peterborough, Notts County and Lincoln and made many friends wherever he played such was the likeability of the lad.
His loved ones can rest assured that Keith Alexander will be keeping an eye on him in heaven. God Bless and may he RIP.
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