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A Lack of Spending Will Curtail Progress
at 15:59:13

Also I am assuming that Mick McCarthy will have a larger squad this season and a decent amount of money will go towards adding squad depth.
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A Lack of Spending Will Curtail Progress
at 15:55:56

Just realised my comment sounds like a dig at Mick McCarthy which it isn't. I firmly believe that having a well balanced squad with no real stars is a much better approach then spending big on one or two players and upsetting that balance.
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A Lack of Spending Will Curtail Progress
at 15:52:02

I think your logic makes sense and this is a really well constructed argument, however I do disagree. If we had a different manager then you would be right.

Mick McCarthy will bring in average players on free transfers and on loan because he knows he can only attract a certain caliber of player. The standard of player would be the same if he payed for them or got them on a free.

This is because anyone with a great amount of technical ability would either rather be managed by a different manager who isn't just all about graft and work rate, or they will go to a better club, or they would ask for insane wages from us and destroy the structure of the team.
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Free Agent Olsson Linked
at 14:46:30

Would surprise me as McCarthy mainly signs players born and bred in the UK. I think players that have learnt their trade on the continent find it harder to fit with the mentality of McCarthy's approach, after all he is an old school Brittish manager. (Not complain about McCarthy though, he is a great manager)
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So This is Me ...
at 10:25:21

I think going to all the games doesn't always mean you have the strongest opinion. Some fans say the same things every game regardless of what is happening. They basically formed their views years ago and repeat them each week, such as "Watford always play unattractive football", "long ball isn't ever exiting", "that player is useless".

Of course all of those statements might be true but you need to back them up with something. I don't go to many games so I often only see statistics or quotes and I use them to compliment what I say.
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“Nearly Men Tend to Never Achieve Owt” – Notes for Barnsley
at 15:46:34

Great stuff as always Harry
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Where Is Our 20-Goal-A-Season Man?
at 16:03:02

Great blog, nice to see someone write something bold knowing that most won't agree. If everyone just wrote what they thought would be popular this would be a very boring site.

Not sure if a 20 goal a season man will make the difference. If McGoldrick, Murphy and Taylor all get around 10 then I think we might be fine.

That said we were the divisions lowest scorers last season and as soon as we got DJ Campbell he did what others couldn't.
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Town Confirm Chopra Exit
at 10:48:20

Normally wish players the best of luck when they leave the club and I hate to say it, but that doesn't apply this time.

Chopra took advantage of the club's kindness to him when other clubs wouldn't go near him. He couldn't understand the fans frustration with him and was a prime example of footballers that take what they have for granted.
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McCarthy: Doherty Has a Real Chance
at 15:11:23

Worth a punt like Mick says. I'm guessing we will see more of him next season rather than this one.

Maybe he will head out on loan to a lower league side in January.
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McCarthy: I Know My Best Team
at 09:46:45

Loach,
Cresswell, Smith, Chambers, Veselli,
Skuse, Wordsworth, Anderson, Hyam,
McGoldrick, Murphy

that would be my prediction
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Mings Misses Chippenham Return
at 12:34:54

think its easy for those in Ipswich or other parts of the country to not understand the frustration. As I am based in the south west I was happy to see a pre-season friendly that was realistic to go to, as were many others. Try living hours away before you judge those that are unhappy with this
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Mings Misses Chippenham Return
at 12:13:00

Agree with bluehook, was looking forward to seeing the town players in action and this game was a great chance for the club to reward their fans in the south west. They have screwed over the fans and Chippenham
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Calling Blues in the South West
at 16:48:05

Any idea on how many people are interested yet James?
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Calling Blues in the South West
at 12:15:04

I was in Brixham on saturday devonboy88, nice place.

I really hope this group gets going too. I'm guessing a lot of the people looking to sign up are also going to the Chippenham friendly
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Town Back in the Dogfight
at 06:41:36

Top stuff from Jon Stead there, shows what a class guy he is. It's easy for me to say we never should have sold him now, but for the record I did big him up before the game!

He wasn't the best at Ipswich but he always gave it his best try and had the ability to make something from nothing. Would probably be a useful player to have around right now.
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Ipswich Strikers XI
at 23:30:09

Nthsuffolkblue: I was fully aware of all of those factors when writing this up but it was just a bit of fun. It was always going to be bit of a stretch to get 11 'strikers' in, but I'd like to think people enjoyed it.

BackToRussia: I think that Scotland could do something in central midfield, would be entertaining to see him there at the very least! I also think that Murphy could be half decent at centre back, again would be funny to see.
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Campbell Could Be Recalled Claim
at 13:44:31

Although he was pretty awful at Leicester along with everyone else we really need him. Don't know who else will get the goals we need.

January can't come soon enough, give McCarthy money and he will do the rest!
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Lengthy Deals for New Duo
at 18:44:35

Guess it worked well for Newcastle to give their manager a long contract. Shows commitment and the players know there will be stability. Hopefully this will be a good move.
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Campbell's QPR Career May Not Be Over
at 15:50:43

Basically, if he plays crap we can have him but if he hits form then QPR will keep him.

Always best to include an option to buy clause before agreeing to the loan but I'm guessing it wasn't possible.
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Marcus Evans XI
at 22:48:13

Great blog, really interesting way to go with it.

I'd struggled to disagree with most of those picks, might have gone with someone other than Bullard but it is slim pickings.

It would be interesting to see someone make a similar 11 but exclude loan players. That would be even harder!
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