Written by SanDiego on Wednesday, 23rd Nov 2016 23:36
That's how I feel about supporting Ipswich at the moment.
I'm bored of seeing Marcus Evans' name on our shirt.
Watching the Forest match after work on Saturday evening, for the first time I actually started thinking, "What am I doing this for?"
It was a terrible game and I was so frustrated watching it that I almost turned it off.
It was not enjoyable at all. I spent most of my time screaming at the TV, not good for the heart rate at all (or my marriage for that matter).
I thought to myself, "If I was doing something that was not enjoyable, would I do it again?"
Probably not would be the answer, unless for family reasons I guess.
That's just it though, a football club is like that, a family. A drug that I'm addicted to that keeps me coming back for more. But like a junkie who's not getting a buzz from his fix anymore, what's the point?
It's the hope isn't it? The hope that things will get better. The hope of being entertained. The hope of wearing your shirt with pride, chest puffed out and swaggering about after a great match.
Trouble is, I don't have much hope that things will get better. I find myself hoping for Marcus to sell up, hoping for Mick to leave the club, hoping for something to be proud of, like our play-off year. We all felt good then.
Even though I live 5,495 miles away was I any less embarrassed seeing all the empty seats in the stadium, the football on display? No, I wasn't.
I care about our club. I take the time to educate people about ITFC. I have friends here in San Diego that check our results, know where we are in the table, give me stick when we're doing badly.
So I want change. There will be those that say be careful what you wish for, Marcus saved our club etc, etc. Did he? Did he save our club? He seems to be strangling the life out of it if you ask me. He doesn't seem to care about the supporters, the ticket pricing or the quality of football on offer.
Basically everything that should concern you as a football club owner, but that's just my personal opinion.
He has admittedly put money into the academy and the training facilities. I think we're all waiting for the results of that investment on the first team and there are encouraging signs of academy players breaking through.
So I want to see change.
And don't worry, I'll still be getting up at 6:35am on a Saturday to tune in to the match, in the hope of something.
We are family after all.
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