BROWNE ON THE BALL: Does Dennis Greene have the X Factor to lead Boston United in that one direction?

Dennis Greene.
Dennis Greene.

He’s got the gig! And I don’t think there will be many observers out there who would dare suggest it’s not completely deserved.

I am talking, of course, about Dennis Greene being named as Boston United manager.

Greene took charge of his first Pilgrims match on March 5. And within three hours of meeting his squad for the first time he was celebrating a 4-0 victory over Gloucester, the team’s first three points in eight limp attempts.

But that swift turnaround wasn’t enough for David Newton, a chairman trying desperately to break even in a season where he had already paid off two managers.

Not wanting to get stung for a hat-trick of payouts (there’s only so many times you can look down the back of the sofa) the chairman was cautious, putting Greene through an audition more challenging than anything Simon Cowell could think up.

For Greene, points meant prizes. Prove you have the X Factor by winning matches.

And he stormed it. Four victories, one draw and a defeat later - an average of 2.16 points per game - and Newton was won over. The contract was there.

Last Monday night, when the news was announced, the fans took to social media to give what seemed to be a unanimous thumbs up.

I didn’t see one person suggesting that Greene was anything but the right man for the job, be that from from fans, club officials and players.

But amongst all those comments, several suggested the Pilgrims would be in a much better position had Greene been handed the reins when he was first interviewed in December.

Remember when both Greene and Graham Drury were in the running for the job? Well, like one of Cheryl Cole’s dilemmas at the judges’ house stage, the panel had a tough decision to make and only one could get through.

On that occasion, Drury performed the better and was put into the live shows, 3pm every Saturday.

I believe everything happens for a reason.

There’s no doubt Greene is more popular in the Pilgrims dressing room - and on the terraces - than Drury ever was. But maybe that popularity has been helped by that intermission betwen Jason Lee and the current manager.

Lee was good friends and a former teammate of many of the senior playing staff.

These players did not want to see their manager go.

I’m not questioning the professionalism of the players.

I don’t for a minute believe they didn’t give their all on the pitch under Drury.

But I know they didn’t all take to him very much.

Productivity will always be affected by an unhappy workplace -whether you’re working at the Bernabeu or Bakkavor.

A mixture of tactical errors, poor signings (which have since been rectified), poorer releasings, very public dressing downs and an aloofness at training made it a lot easier for Greene to come in and be the popular guy who the squad would be eager to please.

Perhaps it takes a mouthful of chalk to realise the taste of cheese isn’t that bad?

We cannot change the past, nor is there any reason to. You learn by remembering and not revisiting your mistakes.

To truly destroy a poor analogy: Drury was put through to the live shows and - despite his attempts to belt out a tune - he just couldn’t perform.

Greene received the wildcard call up and has since proved he has the X Factor.

Now, what comes next is usually reaching number one.

But for Boston United that won’t be at Christmas, but hopefully at the end of April 2014.