THERE are a lot of theories as to what is going wrong at Wrexham at the moment. Some say it’s the owners, who haven’t put their hands in their pocket to completely revamp the squad during the close season.
Daily Post columnist Barry Horne believes the squad is unbalanced, with too many people “playing in the hole,” and the problems of last year – namely the defence and attack – have not been remedied.
And some say it’s all down to Brian Carey.
There are a vocal few who believe the former captain is not up to the job and they started to make their feelings known on Saturday.
My theory is just as radical.
It’s that there was nothing hugely wrong with the Dragons, nothing that a little extra time won’t fix anyway.
There have been a lot of new faces coming in during pre-season, which meant a new management team getting to know them all, plus a reasonably hard start to the campaign.
And an international break doesn’t help much either.
But we can’t bury our heads in the sand, because the performance against Rotherham was abject.
All week the players said how the home loss to Hereford was “a blip.”
They’ve talked a good game. They’ve said how they are too good to be down at the bottom of the table and will eventually start climbing up.
But Wrexham fans heard it all last year – and they only survived on the last day against a club that was all-but doomed to having 10 points docked, whatever the outcome.
Against the Millers the side was top heavy with strikers – playing on the wing or otherwise.
The midfield was lightweight and the game passed them by.
And the defence seemed jittery in possession, with clearances flying all over the place.
In fact the whole team couldn’t string two passes together.
As journalists we tread a fine line.
We try not to overreact, but by the same token, we can’t ignore what is being said on the terraces – especially as we see the same problems with our own eyes.
But this is not the time for conspiracy theories of owners wanting us to go down so they can asset-strip the club.
If that were the case then there would not have been the reasonably large – by Wrexham’s recent standards – outlay on the squad in the close season.
Take new Trinidadian signing Silvio Spann for example.
Against Rotherham we got the first glimpse of the Trinidadian player who Carey signed a month ago after a long chase.
But due to the club’s current position there is a lot of pressure on him to “save the season” and lots of fans have already pinned their hopes on him being the answer to many prayers.
Those who think the Dragons need a play-maker are hoping he is just that. Those who are pining for a midfield enforcer likewise.
In fact those who think the Dragons need strengthening at right-back are also hoping he could come in and fill that position superbly.
But he is not all things to all men. He is one player and although he will make a difference, it won’t be a titanic one.
The sad fact is that Wrexham’s squad has been run down for years.
Players who left had not been adequately replaced and former boss Denis Smith had to push people through from the centre of excellence and pick up free transfers – whether they were good enough or not.
Now Carey is picking up the pieces and attempting to rebuild this squad, but it will take time.
And this is what the Irishman needs now, because it will be a slow process.
Those who want Carey out probably do so because they looked at the calibre of players coming in and thought promotion was a possibility. It isn’t.
Due to the ravages placed on this club, staying in mid-table and away from danger is the best they can hope for.
But over time, Carey can bring more players in to plug any gaps there are in the squad.
It’s only five games in and Wrexham have got enough good players to balance out squad deficiencies and stay up this year.
But football is an instant results business. And Carey knows more than anyone that things must improve... and quickly.