If we had only finished mid-table after gaining promotion that year, we might have stayed in The Prem for longer. Burley, with a solid team that gained 5th position was then given money to spend on players to compete in The Prem and UEFA Cup, this was wasted on players that did not blend and a downward spiral pursued. ME comes in but then promotes and gives money to former player McGilton to Manage, good player but novice manager, too close to former colleges...big mistake, then 'the dark destroyer' Roy Keane, entered as a Knight (again given money) but shown to be naive, as he dismembered our Club. Jewell, tried to pick up the pieces with less money, did well at first but failed. A club in freefall, and at last ME picks the right man, Mick McCarthy, saves us from relegation, gives us a chance of promotion, but is still having to work with pea nuts. If money was given by ME to Mick to succeed would it be used to make us real winners?
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The tale of a once famous football club. by Bluetone21 Oct 17:02 Once upon a time in a sleepy Suffolk town a once famous and renown football club was in danger of dropping further and further towards oblivion. This was due to two successive managers who were not very good at their job and the supporters of the club were sad and angry so the owner of the club said "I will pay a million pounds to the manager who will save my club and lo and behold the man McCarthy accepted the challenge.
He chose the men to save the team they were strong men who were good at running about, doing the not nice jobs and kicking the football a long, long way and it worked and the supporters were pleased although some of them longed for former days when their team played proper football passing the ball from one another until they were near their opponent's goal but this was not the McCarthy way.
The following season he sought some bigger and stronger men who were even better at doing the not nice jobs and could kick the ball even further and more often. By the end of the season more progress had been made and the team moved further up the league although the way of playing still was running about a lot doing the not nice jobs and kicking the football a long, long way. Meanwhile more of the supporters were remembering the days when their team played proper football passing the ball from one another until they were near their opponent's goal but this was not the McCarthy way.
The following year there was much excitement because their team looked as if they might go up into the very top league but this was not to be and the way of playing still was running about a lot doing the not nice jobs and kicking the football a long, long way. Meanwhile many more of the supporters were remembering the days when their team played proper football passing the ball from one another until they were near their opponent's goal but this was not the McCarthy way.
Now calamity other teams were beginning to find the way to play against McCarthy's team and they began to lose but still he played the way he knew how and refused to change and continued to make his team run about a lot, do the not nice jobs and kick the football a long, long way. Even more supporters began to clamour for the days when their team played proper football passing the ball from one another until they were near their opponent's goal but this was not the McCarthy way. But, rather like the a famous emperor, he continued to believe he was right and some loyal, and it must be said, rather foolish young men agreed with him and so it still continues McCarthy's team still runs about a lot, do the not nice jobs and kicking the football a long, long way.
Where will it end? No one knows. Will it end in success or disaster? No one knows but most likely the once famous and renown football club will continue to stutter and stumble along from one season to the next neither going forward nor backward just quietly stagnating.
Oh for another knight of the stature and skill of past knights to rescue this once famous and renown football club and restore it to its former glory. Will such a man appear one can only hope that he does.
Perhaps we should try Gerken Chambers, Berra (moved to the right) Smith, Parr Oar, Skues/Douglas, Bru McGoldrick Sears. Murphy
Smith would be much more comfortable on the left and allow Parr to attack, Oar with the absence of Fraser, showed that he could defend and attack (at Man U), that would help Chambers, Skues to protect, Bru and McGoldrick to create for Sears and Murphy? I have left out AMN who is a good footballer but is not creating or scoring at the moment.
Before we were drawn to Man U in the cup we were flying in the league, now we look like a very ordinary Championship team. The team picked that night put up a creditable show, since that game our so called first team has been very poor?
Whenever a player talks to the local media, they always get dropped...I hope that Freddy proves me wrong. He, Fraser and Smith have been our standout players this year. The hard core of Murphy, Skuse and Berra needs to get to grips with their games.
Bart Chambers Berra Smith Knudsen Skuse Oar Sears McGoldrick Toure Murphy Berra to play right side and let Smith play his natural side, Skuse to help the defence, who should do it without help, Oar and Toure to defend/attack to allow McGoldrick to create and allow Sears to join Murphy in attack.
I went to the Manchester game, and our res did good but with no shots on goal, but also watched the Brighton/Reading games...we have to get our shooting boots on against Bristol City. Goal difference may play a part and this game has got to be one that players concentrate to apply their trade and hit the target and at least make the keeper save. Our shooting this year would make a good rugby player? I am not a moaner as norm, but I am really disturbed about the lack of shots on target.
Forget the 'plastic' tag offered by one on TWTD, just what number are we up to at the moment? This is a game that offers more (people/supporters) the chance to see their local team play against one of the top teams of The Prem/era. Before the knockers join in, I saw Man U beaten 6-0 at Portman Road in the old days, Wilness scoring a pearler at home in The Prem, but didn't have time to go to away games. Now retired, I'm going to this, and everyone who can get a ticket and want to support our team...do it!