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[Blog] Town Are No Longer Klugless
Written by Pessimistic on Wednesday, 13th Jun 2012 14:15

It is with great delight that I can report today on the return of the prodigal son. Bryan Klug was in many ways Mr Ipswich Town, having been with the club both as a player and then coach for more than 30 years. That was of course until Roy Keane had other ideas. The feel-good factor of his return to the fold will surely fill most Town supporters with a sense of pride.

In fact it was he, probably more than most, who ensured that Town won the FA Youth Cup in 2005 for the third time in our history.

We have to go back more than 30 years to the seventies to revisit our former glories here; when we lifted the trophy for the first time in 1973 and again in 1975.

To achieve it this century, when we were languishing in the Championship going nowhere in particular, is even more remarkable.

Sadly, however, from that winning team only Owen Garvan, Lewis Price and Liam Trotter really made the grade and none have gone on to play in the top tier of English football unfortunately.

All the more reason perhaps to think that Bryan Klug was inspirational in getting the best out of the players at his disposal. Average players need a special sort of person to maximise their talents and without a shadow of a doubt Bryan Klug is that sort of person. His return to Portman Road should be welcomed by one and all.

I am already feeling quite positive about next season but we must guard against complacency. So many times before, we have approached the forthcoming season with a sense of new found confidence, only to see it fade away, almost as swiftly as summer's day, when the rain clouds begin to gather.

Our first footballing acquisition of the season also gave us some room for optimism. He is young and talented and highly regarded in football circles and perhaps just as important, is that he is apparently very versatile too.

With Cressy on the left and Elliott Hewitt on the right ,Town should finally have some serious pace down both flanks and once he recovers from his hip problems, I feel sure he will bed into the side with relative ease.

There are still a lot of gaps to fill, of course, and not least in the defence and forward departments and Paul Jewell must set his sights on an experienced centre back and a young prolific goalscorer in my view.

Tommy Smith and Damien Delaney worked quite well together at the back end of last season but this was surely nothing more than a stop-gap solution and until we find a solid centre-back with intelligence in the mould of a Gareth McAuley, then progression will be painfully slow I fear.

Up front, nobody seriously doubts Michael Chopra's ability but he has never been a prolific goalscorer - although Jason Scotland once was, it has to be said. Sadly, Jason has probably seen better days so addressing our attacking options is a top priority too.

We do of course also need urgently a new keeper. Arran Lee-Barrett has rarely let us down but at the very least he needs competition and I am still not entirely convinced that his weaknesses do not outweigh his strengths.

He has the height and is a fine shop-stopper but he does seem to suffer from serious lapses in concentration and this has cost him and us on a number of occasions already.

I like him though and I think he should be given a sustained run in the team. Generally is handling is quite assured although he goal kicking still leaves a lot to be desired from time to time.

All things considered then, things are looking up and with the appointment of Bryan Klug as Town academy director, perhaps at long last, we finally have a sense of direction!

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singtown added 14:53 - Jun 13
Great to know pessimistic has become optimistic!

Welcome back Bryan!

When Keane was appointed, I had a bad feel then that we were finished. Unfortunately it turn out to be true. Keane was a waste of time & money & left behind a mess. Good riddance!

We need to get quality players at the right price, and with the 3 EPL demoted teams gunning for an immediate return, the road towards promotion will not be easy. We need to be consistent and ruthless in front of goal. Let's get behind PJ and the boys for 12/13 season!



BlueBadger added 16:27 - Jun 13
This loses all credibility with the phrase 'Arran Lee-Barrett has rarely let us down'.

Pessimistic added 08:09 - Jun 14
I disagree Bluebadger and I will say it yet again... Arran Lee-Barrett has rarely let us down.

Blue041273 added 14:11 - Jun 14
Love the optimism. However, while I am extremely happy with the return of BK we have to understand that he will not be able to work miracles overnight. Even if we were able to get the right academy structure in place immediately it will be several years before we see any tangible results. The same applies to the signings (or prospective signings) confirmed to date. Neither Hewitt nor Kourouma are being recruited for the near term; they are being brought in for the longer term though it is to be hoped that both will be given the odd opportunity to play in the short term too. All good so far.

But the fact remains that the squad is massively depleted at the moment and there is still little cause for optimism that we will have a squad in place that will be capable of cementing a presence in the top half of the table any time soon. Of course there's still time for this to change but while we have made the first steps towards a better future there is still a lot to do before we can seriously hope for better prospects in the immediate future.

Karlosfandangal added 09:29 - Jun 17
Good Post and some good points.

Welcome back indeed. Like this build for the future etc but football is all about now, if Town finish 15th this season will the chairman say its all about the future, if that is the case then Jewell should be given a 5 year contract so we have stability.

My worry is the fact we have let Bowyer Leadbitter and maybe Bullard go, Drury and Hyam are still learning the trade and you need someone even in the back ground who have been there and done it so to speak. So far we have only signed a player who is out injured till October so will only really get a chance after Christmas, this would seem to be Edwards last season with us and the lad will take over. Is Scotland signing who knows, What happened to all these early signing we were making.

Build for the future yes but at the minute we need player who can step in to the first team and make a big differance as this year the league will be harder than ever and Town seem to be make no progress at all.
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