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at 12:10 21 Mar 2017
Is like a man who's picked up a bees nest, hoping to have some honey.
But there are also bees, angry bees, who have swarmed forth and started to sting.
He could drop the nest and run, but then he would get no honey and have been badly stung for nothing. Not to mention looking a fool.
He could stop and extract the honey, but that would mean standing still and accepting an even worse stinging while he works. Tho he's likely to have honey to enjoy afterwards.
Or he could simply run around with the nest in his arms, swatting at the bees, trying to limit the stings, suffering the pain for no gain.
What will he do? How long can he hold on?
[After AA Milne]
at 22:27 20 Mar 2017
If he can't find anyone to buy the whole club, is there anything in FA/FL rules to prevent Evans selling part of his stake in ITFC to raise more funds to invest (or at least cut/share his losses)?
at 22:14 20 Mar 2017
Could you try reposting that last thread of yours. It doesn't display properly on my computer or phone (don't know if it's to do with the % in the header).
|Guthrum's Estimated Final Table|
at 10:43 19 Mar 2017
Not as bad as I was expecting. But then we've only dropped a single point on our recent average and teams like Birmingham, Forest and Burton are still mostly losing and drawing. To overtake us they'd need to put together good runs while we carry on like that second half at Cardiff.
at 16:40 18 Mar 2017
Having a 'mare.
at 16:00 18 Mar 2017
Wet, cold and we're drawing one-all. 'Nuff said.
|The biggest problem Ipswich has at the moment|
at 10:17 8 Mar 2017
is only being able to field 11 players at a time.
If we set up to attack, then Bialkowski ends up very busy, with the inevitable risk of conceding. Hence being pegged back so many times over the last month.
Make ourselves solid at the back and we don't have the spare players to attack properly. We were relying on individual, long-range efforts from Lawrence, but other teams are wise to that now. McGoldrick is creative, but there's no-one to get on the end of opportunities he manufactures.
People are drooling over the idea of a "ball-playing manager" and more aggressive setups, but I fear that would merely result in a situation like Jewell's Diamond, where our players helplessly stagger around the pitch while the opposition carve through on goal with glee.
McCarthy has failed to recruit enough players who are good at turning defence into attack. Partly because he seems more inclined to protection than all-out assault, but more significantly that quality footballers with those skills are expensive - increasingly so in recent windows - not having the budget to afford them. He's stuck with trying to find young or unregarded gems, which are too rare to guarantee a decent success rate.
The good playes we pick up are often in the fragile bracket, easily damaged and thus frequently absent from the team. Or those who develop well are then sold off to cover running costs. Many of our best players are loans.
It's very difficult. I can't see what McCarthy can do, think he's run out of ideas and is cheesed off, nor what any likely replacement would be able to achieve either. Evans seems intent on coasting on idle (which will lead to a gentle downward drift), but is unlikely to find a buyer who will cover much of his losses.
If we do change manager, I can see us being back to a similar scenario in eighteen months time or so.
Gloomy, isn't it?
at 20:42 5 Mar 2017
Root and Woakes look to have pulled it out of the fire.
|A little stat|
at 01:07 27 Feb 2017
Only one team outside the current top ten has managed to take any points away from Carrow Road - guess who?
|I'm sure if, in classic folk-tale style,|
at 20:03 24 Feb 2017
you'd said to Claudio Ranieri "You will win the Premier League with Leicester City, but nine months later be ignominiously sacked", he'd still have gone for it.
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