Thanks @Robson ! Completely my fault really, I was too intent on making us far too attacking for our relative ability. I had no plan B for when I was missing players and I had no plan B (C?) for when we were leading games and needed to ease off. I count a good 10 points lost from a commanding position which would have put us in ~8th position although it's not as simple as that - other teams denied points, better morale etc.
I've got a few ideas on how I can tweak my set up for my next job whilst keeping the general philosophy.
I never thought to add a new manager, I can sort out the reputation of my next one and hopefully not need to do that again. I've just missed out on applying for Sheffield United messing about with Swindon. They're still in League One and down in 16th in December so I think that could be a realistic option.
Preston oddly alluring in 21st in the Championship...
Lovely new update too, I'll give that a proper read soon.