After getting relegated, Russell was given money to make sure we made our way straight back to the Premier division. He has done that, and it has been done in some style. So from that perspective, I don't think it would be all that fair to sack him.
On the other hand, with the resources at his disposal, getting promoted so easily still isn't that massive an achievement.
I would have serious reservations about whether our current team is actually any better than the team which ended last season. I would say that our defence hasn't improved at all, except for the development of Paudie.
I have been saying for a while and will say again that I hope O'Sullivan is listening very carefully to ensure that Russell is completely aware of how the team needs to be improved, and what plans he has in place to improve it. As we saw on Saturday, when we are pressed high up the pitch, we disintegrate, give away the ball to easily, and give away goals too easily. Just like last season.
My main criticism of Russell is that we never ever seem to have a plan B. He sets out his team the same way every week regardless of the opposition, and we will play that way for 90 minutes, regardless of the situation. In both games against St. Pats , Buckley showed just how important a manager can be in adjusting a team to meet a particular demand on the pitch.