|Neither the Culture Club Nor the Crazy Gang|
Written by Edmundo on Wednesday, 2nd Nov 2016 20:49
Having read the recent blogs, I am more concerned than ever that Ipswich Town FC as we know it is on the slide. The thing is, if a club is something other than its history and its fans, then what is it? An asset? A small business?
More than the current on pitch performance, we have seen the slide in ambition from the club. Compare where we are now with previous times:
1989: The club misses out on the play-offs for the second season running, with some poor football being played under John Duncan.
However, memories are fresh from the halcyon days of a mere seven years previously, there is heritage at the helm as the board of directors, though stung by their Pioneer Stand debts, still have the ambition to push to get us "Back Where We Belong" (remember that poster in 1992?) A year later enough is enough, Duncan became the first manager to be sacked at Portman Road and the rest is history.
1997: After narrowly failing to beat Sheffield United in the play-offs, George Burley's rapidly improving squad is beset by injuries as the 1997/98 season gets off to a poor start.
However, this leads to the unveiling of some exciting new talent both from the youth set up (Kieron Dyer gets a lot of games) and in the form of signings. Play-off heartache awaits for another two seasons, but hope springs eternal as Burley's entertaining teams always did.
Now, after a thoroughly exciting first half to the 2014/15 season, Town limp into the play-offs and are given the coup de grace by the Scum.
We then endure a downward spiral in performances and results. Academy ambition lies in creating enough talent to either sell or have on the bench as back-up. Meanwhile, Norwich, never poor investors in local youth, take the cream of local talent.
The owner/yes-men of the board keep schtum about any kind of plan. The manager has little connection to the club beyond wearing the tracksuit and has no affiliation to the fans.
Fans desert the ground, and more and more local kids start wearing Spurs/Arsenal/West Ham tops as there is not the slightest hint of any 'pull' towards Town.
How long before the players have enough? How long before he 'loses the dressing room'? I am ashamed to say it, but I hope that he does, because then Mick McCarthy will go. But do we really stand any hope in hell whilst there is such a disconnect between the club and the community?
These are dark days. Keep the faith, but don't throw stones at those who have lost theirs.
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Blogs by Edmundo
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Where Are We Now? by Steve_M
Well, ultimately it is now a question of a change of manager now or at the end of the season. Mick McCarthy has dragged the cycle out to four years rather than the 18 months of his more hapless predecessors but there is clearly a need for a fresh approach at the club.
The Moore You Ignore Mick by Mullet
Day 14 in the TWTD madhouse and all is far from clear. Months of second-rate drama and second-rate football seem to end with a quiet ovation for Mick McCarthy and his men. With his captain coming out in the media to air publicly the wounds of he and his colleagues, another young player is welcomed and warned off it by Mick.
The Identity Crisis of Modern Football by wkj
Like so many others my age, my Grandad bought me up on Ipswich Town. A great club with family ties, involvement and commitment to the larger Suffolk community, and a privilege to support. In those days it seems a lot of clubs had similar connections to their fans.
A Belated Christmas Carol of Sorts by monty_radio
The Marley deal was dead, no doubt about it. Scrooge looked again as the knocker smiled in a kindly, fair-play sort of fashion, then slowly faded away. He turned the key and entered his very own gloomy arena. A large chunk of ceiling, disturbed by the mere turning of the key, struck him as he climbed the rickety stair to the upper section.
Positivity by bbg
None of the club’s successful managers over the years had massive resources available to them, but none have had to compete in leagues as inequitable as the current Championship.