20 Jan Accies big call
There is a moment when a Chairman or board get together to make a decision for the benefit of the club in the short term and with a long term view.
Hamilton’s board have that decision to make this week on the future of Martin Canning as manager. Martin may well make the decision for them.
The 8-1 loss to Celtic on Tuesday night leaves the Accies joint second bottom with Kilmarnock with just 1 win in their last 15 games.
Alex Neil was always going to be a hard act to follow, but in Canning’s favour, he has a loyal board, with a solid structure and a blueprint on youth that has served them well over the last few years.
However, this season Canning has struggled to defy the critics, including myself, that Hamilton can remain in the top flight, even in a play-off.
Dundee United are doomed in my view, but would you bet on Accies to see off Rangers, Hibernian or Falkirk over two legs of a play-off?
They have produced the great escape before, but right now the team do not seem capable of following the plan Martin has in place to revive their current predicament.
On paper, the budget between Celtic and Hamilton is unfair and hugely imbalanced. Tuesday’s game is easily a mismatch, but 8-1 going on 12 or 13 is an embarrassment.
Right now, Hamilton Chairman Les Gray has to make a big call. Back Martin with cash to bolster the squad in this window, get someone with a bit more experience in to help his beleaguered boss or cut the chord and look for a fresh start with a new man in charge.
Hamilton were not expected to cause a shock against Celtic, but you would have expected to see a better fight and signs that they could follow up their hard fought draw against St Johnstone from the weekend.
That, sadly, was not evident at Celtic park on Tuesday.