People going on about how long we've been 'stuck' in the Championship and how marvellous other clubs are that have been both above and below us in that time.
Here is a table showing the average position in the English football system of all the teams in the current Championship over the whole period since we were relegated back into it in 2002. We're pretty much on a par with many of our direct rivals (the likes of Burnley, Derby, Cardiff), tho we lose out to those teams who have only recently come down following extended stays in the Prem (e.g. Fulham, Bolton). We're a lot better off than Brighton or Hull, however.
Since 1st January: Goals conceded - ranked joint 6th at 1.0 goals per game (best is Burnley on 0.6, worst Bolton on 2.16) Goals scored - ranked joint 22nd at 0.79 goals per game (best is Brighton on 2.0, worst Forest on 0.68)
Comparator for today's game: Ipswich defence 1.0, attack 0.79 Boro defence 0.8, attack 1.3 Therefore the balance of probabilities suggests something in the order of 1 - 0 or maybe 2 - 0 to Boro.
Just to say what a great bloke and an excellent speaker. If you ever get the chance to hear him talk - about ITFC, football in general (both past and present), personalities of the game he's known and played with, Escape To Victory - do it.
The Football League programme on Channel 5: Got rid of the pointless audience, sat everybody down, Iwelumo in as a regular rather than Virgo and the often-mumbling other player-pundits, stopped mixing up the divisions.
There's no realistic chance of saving them from relegation. Yes, they'll get parachute payments, but they've had a lot of TV money available this season and managed to come a fairly close second to Derby '08 for the worst ever Prem performance. They're not in a position to do a Newcastle 2009-10 and I doubt they'll be able to bounce straight back at all, especially given the experiences of teams such as Wolves, Blackburn and Bolton.
I've heard people say "They're still a big club". But, as we ourselves (along with others such as Leeds and Forest) know, past history does not carry much weight in the hard struggle of the present.
This is the third manager they've sacked in 13 months. We gave Paul Jewell a longer run than that. Suggests the job security is not great.
Having just signed a new contract, with your team in or around the play-offs for the third season running, why jump ship to a club in something of a shambles and risk being unemployed in six months if it doesn't work out?