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at 08:53 21 Apr 2017
Mick has said there will be some big changes this summer. It sounds like there will be a bit of a spring clean, which is what the club needs as a number of players have stagnated in recent seasons.
Some players are ageing and not up to their former standards, some will be wearied by the negativity around this season, and some just haven't lived up to standards at all in their time here.
These are the players I think need to be moved on:
There are others who I'd also strongly consider - players who might have done a job, but are perhaps blocking younger, more talented players from getting their chance.
at 14:30 23 Mar 2017
With Scotland playing Canada yesterday, I half expected to check the team sheet and see a certain Mr Jaime Peters in the away team's line-up. I was bemused to see he wasn't even in the squad.
A quick Wikipedia search allowed me to see that he has been without a club for five years now. He's still only 29.
What's he up to these days?
I remember reading an article earlier this week that suggested more of these pacey wingers who don't necessarily have enough of an end product to go far in that position, could be better suited to playing the defensive midfield role that N'Golo Kante has made his own. I can't help but think Peters, with his experience of also playing right back, could have been the perfect fit for that right now.
Such a shame to see he's not playing. Seemed such a talent once upon a time.
|Tommy Smith Testimonial|
at 07:29 2 Mar 2017
By my estimation it will be 10 years later on this year of Tommy Smith making his debut for Town. Should he be getting a testimonial therefore?
at 12:01 16 Jan 2017
I'll start by saying good luck to the guy, but there's one thing I don't get...
He's scored exactly the same amount of goals this season as a certain James Alabi in the National League. Remember him anyone? Alabi is 22, compared to Moore's 24. Both are physical, number 9 strikers.
Alabi supposedly wasn't good enough for us. What's the difference?
|Mick McCarthy's Final Day In Charge|
at 08:48 9 Jan 2017
By now Mick McCarthy will be at Playford Road preparing for the next game, reminding himself how we, Ipswich Town, FA Cup winners 1978, failed to beat a non-league side at home. How we, former European champions, were utterly outplayed by a team four leagues below us and hover just above the relegation zone in the Championship.
Within the next hour and a half, a delegation on behalf of Mr Evans will arrive at the training ground and will ask McCarthy to step into an office with them. The process will be quick, and the finer details will be ironed out between the club and his agent.
McCarthy will be thanked for the better times he had here, but told it is time this club - this ambitious club - are in need of a change of direction. Attendances have been falling as a result of his brand of performances, and wins are becoming fewer and farther between. It's time for a new era.
Or maybe this is all just fantasy...
|Best Premier League Referee?|
at 15:36 3 Jan 2017
I've always felt the best referees are the ones that you hear the least about. In other words, that's Mike Dean and Mark Clattenburg ruled out. Mike Jones or Bobby Madley for me.
What does everyone else think?
|Town fans opinions are "bullsh*t"|
at 09:11 3 Jan 2017
Isn't that nice to hear from the manager of the club. Mr McCarthy, may I remind you who pays your wages?
at 10:02 2 Dec 2016
6 wins. 6 draws. 6 losses.
That is the form of Town from the opening 18 games of the season. Nothing world beating, nothing earth shattering, nothing desperately terrible. Trouble is, I don't think anyone really knows yet what level this Town side is at.
A bit of confidence, and a run of form, we could be propelled into the play-offs. Yet, at the same time, we're not a million miles from a relegation scrap.
To use a Mick McCarthy turn of phrase, 'it's absolutely bonkers.'
Literally don't know what's next with this Ipswich Town season!!!
|I miss Jim Magilton|
at 11:53 28 Oct 2016
It all got rather unpleasant at the end, but he got us playing nice football at times. I'd have him back now he's been out and got more coaching experience, but I fear the relationship with Marcus Evans is probably beyond repair.
|Losing Patience With McCarthy...|
at 09:53 25 Oct 2016
"I just spoke to the players and that was one of those days where, having given the goal away, there’s not a lot really we could do about it." - McCarthy after the 3-0 defeat to Newcastle. Is this the rhetoric we want to be hearing from our 'leader'?
I hate the cut throat nature of modern football - a few bad results and the manager gets the chop. I also feel that Mick McCarthy has done a lot for Ipswich Town - especially in his first two years at the club. However, results over the past year, combined with some of the comments he's been making in press conferences and post-match interviews have made it really hard for me to throw all my weight behind supporting McCarthy.
About a year ago, McCarthy said: "I’ll just tell you that the more they shout the less chance there is they will come on," when quizzed on fans calls to bring more creative players on. A year on, he's fulfilled that prophecy. He continues to make out that every single ITFC fan is an idiot that has no idea how this club should be managed.
Results have been sliding. We're 17th. 5 points off the relegation zone, 6 off the play-offs. You could almost accept it if the football is nice - but as fans, what are we actually being given?
The philosophy of modern football management has changed vastly in recent years, and I fear Mick McCarthy has been left behind. There are so many forward-thinking, intelligent managers in the Championship these days, and numerous talented young coaches waiting in the wings. Yet we (and forgive me if I sound facetious) continue to persist with this absolute gorilla. Football's changed, McCarthy won't change, perhaps ITFC should.
at 11:29 20 Oct 2016
When will he be due a testimonial? I seem to remember him making his debut under Magilton, and that must be pushing 10 years ago now surely?
|Best defence in the Championship!|
at 09:21 19 Oct 2016
Just 9 goals conceded so far this season. I'm sure that's not a statistic that will excite many, but it is certainly a reassuring one. Solid foundations have always been the key thing in getting out of this division. With Williams and Bishop back now, perhaps we'll start to see the creativity come back.
|My previously unwavering support...|
at 10:51 3 Oct 2016
...for Mick McCarthy wavered this weekend.
It feels as though the end is nigh. I've been a big admirer of Mick over the years, and I'm ever so grateful for the way he has stabilised this club, but there's a real lack of imagination and ideas now.
Seeing Huddersfield where they are now, as well as the continued success of Burnley under Sean Dyche, has made me realise that Ipswich should be capable of getting promoted to the Premier League. Furthermore, we could be playing a much higher standard of football.
Perhaps it is time to take a gamble on someone new - someone with fresh ideas. Maybe promote from within.
I'd like to see Brian Klug finally given a go.
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