|[Blog] No More Singing The Blues?|
Written by Pessimistic on Friday, 20th Jan 2012 14:45
Three weeks into 2012 and not a lot has changed. Three defeats and one draw is hardly inspiring but I still get the feeling that Paul Jewell is not averse to making a few New Year's resolutions!
One year on and he has realised that what worked for Wigan and Bradford all those years ago will not work for Ipswich. Third time unlucky you might say.
Now Roy Keane also went back to his old hunting ground to recruit the likes of Carlos Edwards, Grant Leadbitter and Martin Fulop to name but three but the difference was that these players had not reached their prime. They still had potential.
Jewell, on the other hand, went for football brains but he forgot that they also needed football legs and many of his Dad's Army has-beens were already past their sell-by date by the time they got to Portman Road.
He was overburdened with players that at the height of their art had real ability. Sadly, however, the Bullards and the Bowyers of this world provided us only with fleeting moments of their former glory and this he now accepts was a mistake.
You have to be a brave person to admit to your mistakes and unlike Keane and Jim Magilton perhaps, Jewell is prepared to accept that he got things wrong. That said, of course, he did not have the spending power of his predecessors and if you look at the squad he assembled for this season, there were a staggering 13 new (or perhaps old is a better description) recruits!
Of this grand assortment very few cost anything at all. Even the much talked about Michael Chopra signing cost Town less than a million and the one new kid on the bloke with promise - who has been arguably Town's best newcomer to date Aaron Creswell's fee was decided by a football tribunal and we even got him on the cheap!
Now Jewell is rewarding his younger players with new contracts and the promise of first team football at long last. 'Dad's Army' is on the decline and the new transfer targets seem to revolve around players in the early 20s or younger so perhaps the tide has finally turned?
As with all clubs that have graced the Premiership before, Ipswich Town supporters are impatient for success. We house a very broad church of opinions about Jewell, Simon Clegg and Marcus Evans and the future of this wonderful football club that we hold so dear.
Maybe it is time to make a belated resolution of our own? Let us back the boss and give him the time to really show us what he can do. They say that lightning never strikes twice and yet he took two teams that had never been in the top flight before up into the clouds and one of them is still there.
Continuity is the key in my view and I applaud Marcus Evans for giving Paul Jewell the backing his curriculum vitae so richly deserves. Now it is time for us as supporters to give him the benefit of the doubt too I believe and whatever our divided loyalties wipe the slate clean.
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