Thursday 10th December. David Hopkin resigns as manager of Morton.
Morton fans could be forgiven for having a sense of dreaded Deja-vu as David Hopkin became the third manager in succession to resign from his post.
A statement from the club followed warning of a worrying financial footing due to COVID-19 and its impact on the Scottish game.
All of this less than 48 hours from a tough away trip to East End Park and Dunfermline Athletic – an unbeaten Dunfermline Athletic.
The club moved quickly to explain who would lead the team at East End Park with Assistant Manager, Anton McElhone, taking over as interim boss with senior players in Chris Millar, Jim McAlister and Brian McLean assisting him.
Dunfermline 1-2 Morton
As mentioned above Morton captain Jim McAlister was one of the players set to assist McElhone and he couldn’t have made a bigger impact as he volleyed a Lewis Strapp throw in home on 24 minutes to give Morton the lead. McAlister loves scoring against the Pars having scored most of his goals at Morton in his second spell against them.
Morton should have been 2-0 up late into the second half when Kalvin Orsi converted a rebounded Aidan Nesbitt shot that was amazingly not given despite the ball being well over the line.
Morton could have been forgiven for ruing that decision when Dunfermline levelled with 16 minutes to go via a Declan McManus penalty.
However, the Cappielow side were rewarded for their endeavour when substitute Craig McGuffie followed up to score from a rebounded Lewis Strapp effort to seal an impressive away victory for Morton in a surreal and emotional week for the club.
MCT and the future of Morton
The future for the club may be challenging between now and May but they are now eight points clear of the dreaded drop with just under a third of the season gone in a year that relegation is unthinkable.
With Morton Club Together set to make community ownership a reality this summer, it should be a time for the Morton support to rally around their club and ensure that the long term future of the club can be bright. Community ownership is close to my heart as football belongs to the fans and clubs like Morton should belong to the fan base and the Inverclyde community.
I have finally committed to backing Morton Club Together financially myself as this season they’ve communicated their message to fans very well and in light of David Hopkin leaving they’ve addressed the need for fans to back their vision for Morton.
I say finally as I was worried by the fact that the clubs stadium would be retained by the current owner albeit rented back to the club at a ‘peppercorn’ rate. That is still a slight concern for me but given this week at the club there can be no doubt that MCT should be backed to make Morton a success on and off the park in the years to come. I wish everyone involved on a daily basis at MCT and Greenock Morton all the very best to make that a reality.