Despite a very fortunate promotion, Jim's first term has been very poor. Our results marginally improved but then again we were not facing Monaghan and Donegal this year.
I look at the fate of a Westmeath team that were very lucky to get promoted in 2013. They were decimated in Division one and have suffered two successive relegations. I seriously fear we could face a similar scenario.
But for me personally, Jim's Down play un-entertaining football, the players do not look any happier than under James, The tactics failed horribly (Kickouts, Midfield, scores from play), the squad does not contain the best players due to his inflexibility. At no stage did it look like things were improving or a game plan developing. It does not appear to be a work in progress, it looks like we are in as bad position now as we were at the start.
But Jim is a smart and successful coach. He deserves the chance to rip up the game book and start again and try a new season with a new game plan and put in a system the boys can work with and allow them to improve continuously as a team. He deserves that chance and there is no other outstanding candidate to replace him anyway.