BROWNE ON THE BALL: There may be a great divide at Boston United, but Dennis Greene is staying on whether you like it or not

Dennis Greene.
Dennis Greene.

Duncan Browne reflects on a strange week in the life of Boston United...

In? Out? In? Out? By the time the ink was dry on the CVs those out-of-work managers were keen to shake about, normal service had resumed and Dennis Greene was preparing his plans for Nuneaton Town away.

The Pilgrims boss left the Jakemans Stadium on a cliffhanger following Saturday’s heavy loss to FC Halifax Town, shaking a few hands and telling us it would be ‘doubtful’ he would manage the club again.

He was frustrated. Considering his future. It was time for someone else to have a go. Fed up of the abuse.

But by Monday, following talks with chairman David Newton, things had gone full circle. It was Greene for stay.

There was perhaps a nagging doubt that the Boston boss was actually going to turn his back on the club.

He is a character who can live very much in the moment - as many of his in-game substitutions have proven - and lives and dies by decisions he makes on the spot. Often a gambler, a risk-taker.

He has won regularly over the past three years as the club completed seasons in sixth, third and fifth.

But there’s another side to the coin and not everything has gone to plan so far this year.

When you conduct your on-field business like this, the highs are higher and the lows are lower.

Defeats are magnified.

So while I believe that Greene meant the words which came out of his mouth after that defeat, there was always a possibility that, if the chairman so wished, the position could change.

Reading back the reasons Greene gave for calling it quits, only one would seem enough to make anyone really want to walk - abuse.

It’s a strange situation at the Jakemans Stadium right now.

Yes, the manager is getting stick from sections of his own fans.

Some are fed up that recent highs aren’t being matched, others eager for a complete overhaul.

Greene, again living in those moments, often doesn’t shy away from giving some back, on the pitch and online, which rarely helps such situations but raises questions about how passive people in sport should be when facing criticism.

But this week he has also received a large amount of support from fans keen for him to stay.

Just as we’ve seen with Brexit in recent months, if you stand on one side of a clear divide then you regularly become more passionate and vocal about your opinion.

And like Brexit, whether you like the outcome or not, a decision has been made.