|[Blog] Team Building Is A Work In Progress|
Written by Pessimistic on Thursday, 24th Nov 2011 14:47
It was the much used phrase of Jim Magilton I recall and Roy Keane used it too from time to time but this "work in progress" is a virtually exhausted football cliche - that says much about being busy.
rytext">This blog has been submitted by Pessimistic. To view more from this author click here. TWTD blogs are added by site users unedited by the admins. Want to become a TWTD blogger? Simply send us your first article via the Contact Us page. Busy doing nothing in particular it would seem. In fairness to Paul Jewell he has uttered these words much more sparingly but if ever there was a need for these words to have some element of plausibility it is surely now!
Reading the recent blog by Glasgow Blue has provoked me into responding to some of his criticisms of our manager. He has supported Town for almost as long as I have so I do have some sympathy for his impatience, but the stats he throws up only focus on the negatives so in this regard, it is a very unbalanced argument, in my view.
We are, of course, like any other football club, a very broad church of opinions and one thing is for sure and that is that we cannot all be right! Taking this on board, not everyone is going to agree with my point of view either and having felt the barrage of criticism hurled in my direction on some of my earlier posts, I am ready to take more of the same, if it means airing a point of view that might not conform to everyone else's.
I am a strong believer in continuity and would never contemplate dismissing a manager - even if I felt it was the wrong choice - before he has had time to develop his own ideas. Anyone in the game will tell you this takes time. Paul Jewell is less than one year in the job and yet people are calling for his head which is quite absurd.
Tamas Priskin and Colin Healy were recruited by Roy Keane and it is not too surprising that they are on their way. That said, he is not so narrow-minded as to see this as his main priority. On the contrary, Jewell has given everyone a fair crack and remember even Lee Martin (another Keane recruit) is still in the squad and often playing when he isn't injured or suspended which incidentally, happens far too often in my view.
Grant Leadbitter is currently captain and once again let us not forget that it was not Jewell who signed him and Jason Scotland has forced his way back into the manager's thinking because of his determination to show his worth in training.
You could argue I suppose that Shane O'Connor and Luke Hyam have been largely ignored but they were never Jewell's personal preferences anyway if we are brutally honest. No one on the other hand would surely argue that Keith Andrews and Aaron Cresswell are not worthy Jewell acquisitions and we all love to hate Jimmy Bullard now don't we!
I firmly believe that Jewell is heading in the right direction but Rome was not built in a day and in this impatient world where success means everything, even at the expense of team performances, a win is a win is a win!
Town's defensive frailties have been without a doubt their Achilles' heel to date under Jewell. He has been a tad unlucky though because no sooner had he found Ibrahima Sonko and then pairing him with Danny Collins, injuries deprived them of a lasting partnership that I feel would have ensured that we were still in and around the top six.
Of course, if we were, there would be no head- hunting expeditions taking place and even those supporters who doubted his ability to turn things around would be a little less restless now.
The fickle nature of football determines that everyone is impatient for success but why do we always assume we have a divine right to claim it and with immediate effect? Look at the clubs around us in the Championship that have supporters that feel equally hard done by - Derby County,Coventry City, Nottingham Forest, Reading, Birmingham and Leicester City, the list goes on and on and yet we somehow seem to convince ourselves that it should be plain sailing to the promised land!
In our dreams perhaps? Reality paints a different picture. Reality tells us that there are many more losers than winners in this life and in business especially. We are in the sports business and what a ruthless business this is!
Sadly, the longer we stay out of the Premiership the further away we are from it, as the closed shop of elite football tries to shut its doors to the outside world. Marcus Evans is a shrewd businessman and that is why he does not expect Jewell to deliver immediately. He knows that it takes time to fit all the pieces together and put in place the building blocks for long term success.
Unlike Roy Keane, who boasted that he could get Town promoted in his first full season in charge, Jewell has never said that. Even when we went on our much-vaunted six-game unbeaten run he repeated what he is repeating now and that is that we should not delude ourselves into thinking the patient is better because there is always the risk of a relapse on the road to full recovery. Get well soon Ipswich Town!
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