For all the, at times, justified criticisms of the style of football - this table makes it almost impossible to argue if the quality of the job Mick is doing here. With wages being the most obvious indicator of expected league position - the job he's doing is incredible.
Chatting to a random bloke at fountain show at Burj Khalifa and turns out he is from Capel and living out in Saudi, then 2 minutes later hold a door open for someone in Dubai Mall and look round and it was Ben Pringle.
Didn't bother asking him if he was signing next year
Don't think I've ever felt so tired and run down and had a week from hell where everything has gone wrong. Except one key bit of planning which will be the biggest thing that happens for us this year so i shouldn't complain.
Any book recommendations for the trip? I'v got Jon Ronson ' So you've been publicly shamed', the follow up to Stieg Larsson's Millenium trilogy, and NFL book a Le Carre book to get started on.
And secondly, what is the alternative? For them to establish themselves in the Premiership.....that would be much worse.
They've had the better of us over recent years, sadly no one can deny that, but them getting relegated is the first step to us taking back over as the regions present number 1 club, in addition to being the undisputed number 1 club in region in history.
I'm not one who criticises people for wearing football shirts - it's not something I'd do personally very often....but I've got plenty of ITFC shirts and wear them to the gym or if playing football, sometimes wear one when lounging around pool on holiday etc....
But do people really need to pre-order one, can accept it for kids, but what adult needs to get the kit on release day that desperately?
Coming at this as a 30 year old, who started watching Ipswich in the 2nd half of the 91/92 season, in reality football did start for me in 1992.....so it's difficult to compare across eras.
But the only team that won the league and was (is now?) seen as a fairytale is Blackburn, who at the time were a total moneybags side, who were spending at a level more consistent with Abramovich's Chelsea in comparative terms......this is just something else.
And whilst I appreciate that us winning league in first season up was fantastic, and Forest under Cloughy too - but not being alive and looking back in the history books around those times there were different sides in the top 3 every season so can't have been as unexpected as this? Someone like Spurs winning the league would have been unexpected, but this is just something else.
When you look at their squad too, and the core of it that played in the Championship it really makes you so jealous of their supporters, I know a couple that have supported them from when we were kids for whatever reason - what a journey they have been on. Being pretty sure it will never happen to me is pretty depressing!
Is it the sign of things to come? I don't think so - the elite will rise back to the top by outspending everyone....to me this was just a perfect storm.
Congratulations to all involved at Leicester, you've provided some real joy to English football!