SEASON ticket holder Alastair Shepherd, an architect based in Liverpool, said: “About six weeks ago I thought we may have been able to claw it back, but the fact we couldn’t score goals killed us off.
“John Hughes had a big, big job when he arrived, and things did pick up a bit in the second half of the season.
“I think he should be given time to turn things around, but we are in for a very important summer.
“If we can get off to a good start in League Two next season, we can bounce straight back up.”
Ashley Stirk, 24, a steelworker from the Fens area of Hartlepool, said: “You cannot go half a season and only pick up nine points.
“We got 30 points in the second half of the season, if we had matched that in the first part then we’d have been comfortable in mid-table.
“I would like to see the people at the top come out now and tell the fans what is actually happening at the club, what the plans are for next season and which direction we are heading in.”
Mark Carroll, 34, a council worker from the Grange Road area, said: “It was inevitable that we were going down, the final nail in the coffin for me was the Oldham away game when we lost 3-0.
“That display was completely unacceptable.
“Going back to last summer, the off-the-field marketing of the season tickets was great, but then the product on the field was dire.
“People will point the finger at the players, the owners, the previous management, the supposed marquee signing of Steve Howard didn’t work out, but at the end of the day the writing was on the wall with nine points by Christmas.”
Paul Foster, a security worker from Blackhall, 24, said: “There was a little bit of hope, but I think it was always inevitable we were going down.
“Certain members of the team did not perform to their full ability, but if Hughes can get some decent players in over the summer then we could come straight back up.
“There are some good young players at the club, and I’d like to see them get a chance rather than spending money on players who are past it.”