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Lawrence Signs For Colchester
by PJewellisaGod at 00:28:40

Bishop, Clarke, Mings, Henshall and Marriott have more potential at the moment.

Best of luck to him at Colchester.
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McCarthy Delighted to Keep Duo
by marcus139 at 00:20:01

People who do not see mings potential amuse me. This boy has scope beyond any Ipswich player, cresswell included, I have seen for years. He covers ground pkeca gazelle and is so powerful. Without these, you need skill like messi. With these, you can become a top player anyhow.
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Marcus Evans and Mr John
by TCisMYcatsNAME at 23:59:28

Really enjoyed this blog mainly because of its positive nature! The best way forward for a club in Ipswich's current financial position is a philosophy which promotes patience from all those involved with the club especially the supporters.
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Marcus Evans and Mr John
by bigolconnor at 23:56:14

But surely players like stockdale and sharp who have definitely been on our radar are way out of the range of our wage structure. Probably on £20,000 plus. If we can add some quality loans and maybe a couple of free transfers I think we stand a good chance especially as we have held onto our main goal threat.

It doesn't really matter what other teams have spent their millions on. I'm positive that we have tge best management team.
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Mings Will Be Offered New Deal
by thebeat at 23:34:40

Fair point blueboy1981 but he knows theres a good chance somebody will come in for him in January if he repeats last seasons form so he might be tempted to take a wage rise for 4 months until that happens, it would also of course strengthen our position for negotiating a better price for him if and when it happens.
Im concerned about Berra, talk of a new contract for him months ago but nothing so far.
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McCarthy Delighted to Keep Duo
by kerryblue at 23:00:37

Delighted both are staying but equally disappointed that after off loading some 1 st team squad players and thinning our squad thread bare and along with the Aaron Cresswell money that was supposed to be being made available we didn't strengthen at all,standing still wont get us promoted and further in the cups
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McCarthy Delighted to Keep Duo
by blue86 at 22:52:07

Blues1, fair point about adhering to FFP.
Be interesting to see what sanctions are
Put on the teams that don't listen to the
Rules? Only time will tell I guess.
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Lawrence Signs For Colchester
by kerryblue at 22:46:24

Yet another youngster that for some reason or another hasn't made the impact we all thought he would at this club,if all our coaches and scouting staff are so sharp why is this happening with the majority of them?I know they all cant make it to the big time but it would by nice to see all those salaries justified every few years
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Marcus Evans and Mr John
by Nuggets at 22:41:30

Yes, we, the supporters, do not know the full state of our accounts. But in the wake of recent sales, sponsorship deals, ticketing prices etc, surely we can expect some level of investment in the club?

We can assume no money has been made available for transfers because Mick McCarthy has repeatedly said over the summer that he has no transfer budget.

You're deluded if you think you cannot get good players for around £500,000. Our rivals have been adding to their squads through similarly priced deals involving some very promising talent and established Championship-class players. Not that these players would necessarily fit into our team, but we could have had the likes of Luke Freeman, Andre Gray, David Stockdale, James Husband, Conor Coady, Billy Sharp or James Tavernier, all good footballers, who cost in the region of £500,000.
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Mings Will Be Offered New Deal
by blueboy1981 at 22:33:35

thebeat .......... little chance of us getting McGoldrick on a longer term contract unless we prove to him we are SERIOUS contenders for the Premiership - he will have serious ambition to play there at his age - and who can blame him for that ?

What he will need 'right now' is belief in the Club that we want to be there - and genuinely mean business.
Not so sure that will happen any time soon.
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McCarthy Delighted to Keep Duo
by blues1 at 22:30:04

blue86. the reason we cant afford to invest in a proven striker and midfielder is because we rejected these bids. its as simple as that. if we are going to pay out for players that will cost a substantial transfer fee, we will have to sell 1st. why. well, some on here wont like me saying it, but its because, regardless of whether the fans think we should be or not, we are adhering to the ffp. as are most, tho not all teams in this division.
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Marcus Evans and Mr John
by bigolconnor at 22:24:02

How can we (effectively the blind) think presume to know that money hasn't been made available for transfers. And if you think about it. If you can't buy Tyrone Mings with £2.5 million or McGoldrick for £7+ million then what quality of player (team player) do you think we could get for 500k.

Bozo.
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Mings Will Be Offered New Deal
by bigolconnor at 22:13:58

£2.5 MILLION?!??!? That is insane. I said after the Fulham match that Mings looked out of his depth. Since then his performances have been getting better and better. He was excellent against Norwich and showed real maturity. But seriously, from Chippenham to £2.5 million in 18 months. Who the hell do we think we are to turn down that kind of money. We shouldn't get dragged in by all the bull going on around us. Take the 2.5. Put Parr on the left and bring back Vesseli for cover. Then buy a midfielder in January or use the money to loan someone gamechanging.
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Marcus Evans and Mr John
by Nuggets at 22:08:45

Fair points raised cwb91, but I'd have to disagree.

Personally, I find a comparison to John Cobbold, a man who has done a lot for this football club and oversaw many years of success, to be contrived. Yes, we can point to a few similarities, such as Marcus Evans provides support to his managers, but most chairmen across the world do this to some degree. I agree that Evans was rash in sacking Jim Magilton, a mistake with hindsight, but his trigger-happy approach to hiring and firing managers flies in the face of the club's tradition. Either that, or he has a poor judgement when it comes to appointing managers, a charge that cannot really be levelled at Cobbold.

While Mick may have 'free reign' to an extent, he's been cut off in the transfer market. I refuse to believe we have no money to spend. Remember when the board told us the cash from the Aaron Cresswell sale would be available to reinvest in signings? We've not seen a penny of that so far. We've dramatically cut our wage bill, we haven't spent hardly anything on a player for a little under two years, and we recently signed a sponsorship deal with Adidas and not to mention the ridiculous overpricing of match day tickets. Surely this amounts to a little spending power in the transfer market? I wouldn't be so annoyed if all the PR and talk about promotion coming from Portman Road would be toned down.

Now don't get me wrong, I'm not advocating splashing out millions of pounds on players like we saw with the largesse of the Roy Keane years. But I would expect, for a club that wants to progress and build on last season's achievements, some money for the odd £250k-£500k deal to become available.

Youth spending is exempt, that didn't stop the club asking for donations from supporters and local businesses, but we failed to achieve Category One status. I know some people blame the FA; some blame the Premier League, some blame the board, but the bottom line is that our focus on youth spending and development was undermined by something the club failed to do. The buck, surely, stops at Marcus Evans on that count.
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Mings Will Be Offered New Deal
by WaffleMan at 22:04:54

Nice to see us improving these players and then big clubs wanting to take them, shows what a bit of coaching instead of selling does
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Marcus Evans and Mr John
by bigolconnor at 21:58:18

Can everyone stop saying frugal. And who is Andy Wordsworth?
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Marcus Evans and Mr John
by portmanteau at 21:53:07

so all these other clubs buying players have got it wrong and our frugal approach is the way to go? dont think so. seems our ambitions have been reduced to just wanting to avoid relegation.
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McCarthy Delighted to Keep Duo
by Harlowtractorboy at 21:40:36

I am glad this is all over . When I heard about mcgoldrick being wanted by Leicester here we go another player gone I am glad he has stayed and I can't believe that mings is worth 2.5 million pounds. I would wonder what the squad of 81 or 2000 would be worth
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McCarthy Delighted to Keep Duo
by blueboy1981 at 21:38:47

............ much conjecture on what was actually offered, refused, declined or whatever - some, all, or more likely none of it correct.

Good that both players are still here - shame we didn't actually add to the squad at this point.
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Nouble Joins Coventry On Loan
by blueboy1981 at 21:31:35

...... not sure what went wrong with the first two posts - gremlins struck I reckon.
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