|[Blog] There Is Always Hope|
Written by SouperJim on Monday, 13th Dec 2010 09:54
I write this at my lowest ever point as Town fan. I'm sat at home, off work with the flu, Sky Sports News on the telly, praying for a certain piece of breaking news. However, having had time to reflect on our ineptitude at Preston, one little spark of pride remains.
Ipswich fans really are amazing. Some would have you believe our fans are awful, fickle, impatient creatures who don't get behind the team. Don't believe it. Most of the people saying such things have a level of patience and love for the club that I can only admire. As for the rest of us, I can only ask, would Roy Keane have lasted this long at many others clubs, all things considered? Given the level of support he has had, both financial from the owner and in terms of time from the fans? I very much doubt it.
This is the quality in Ipswich fans that I'm proud of. We might battle with each other and argue 'in' and 'out', we might struggle to back the football on show (who wouldn't?), but the fact remains that despite Roy Keane being the worst manager in the history of our proud football club, we are still torn between loyalty and desire for change.
But change must happen. This isn't the 70s or 80s, football has changed for better or worse and comparisons to the early days of Robson or Ferguson are useless. Perhaps our success in the League Cup is helping Keane cling to power.
However, even this achievement doesn't stand up to much scrutiny. Extra time wins at Exeter and Crewe, during the period of the season when we were playing our best football. Scraping past Millwall at The Den, then even League Two basement dwellers Northampton causing a minor wobble before being swept aside at Portman Road.
The performance against West Brom is the only one of the bunch which could be called impressive, but as much as I enjoyed that night, even Roy would concede that the baggies never really turned up.
So what has Keane really achieved at Portman Road? Don't get me wrong, I like the guy. Some would call him a thug, but football needs characters like Roy Keane. Committed, likeable, honest to a fault, I really wanted Roy to succeed. But it seems clear now that under Roy we are only headed in one direction.
If change is going to happen, it needs to happen now, before it is too late. January will soon be here and a new manager would need time to bring in his own people, assess the squad and make decisions on what areas most need to be strengthened.
There is some truth in phrases like "better the devil you know" and "be careful what you wish for", but the form table would suggest that things can't get any worse, whatever happens. And there is always hope.
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