|Time for Mexit?|
Written by SpiritOfJohn on Saturday, 21st May 2016 12:16
The dust has started to settle on our most disappointing season of Championship football.
Just over a year ago we were 45 minutes from Wembley and despite defeat at the hands of our feathered friends we looked forward to good times ahead.
In the close season we retained the services of our best players, including our magnificent 27-goal talisman Dary Murphy, and bolstered the squad with some terrific new additions from Bournemouth in marksman Brett Pitman and tricky Ryan Fraser.
So where did it all go wrong and should we really be calling for a Mick McCarthy exit? Are the disgruntled punters justified in their appeals for a change at the top?
There are some key questions that spring to mind before the big issue can be resolved: Where did the Mings money go? Where did the positivity and entertainment go? Did Mick really pick three defensive midfielders at home to Rotherham? Where’s Tabby?
One is not privy to all of the financial information but it appears that the Mings transfer money went on improving the contracts of those players Mick wanted to keep and funding wages for loans and free transfers.
Our collective positivity evaporated one Friday night in September at Reading when we lost 5-1 and also lost confidence in playing a more expansive brand of football.
This was closely followed by a stereotypical 1-0 away win at Leeds (if only all of our games could be played on a Tuesday night we would be runaway champions!), and so the pattern was set for the rest of the season - Mick sees himself in the results business rather than the entertainment business.
On to the most damning evidence against MM - the Cole Skuse, Luke Hyam, Jonathan Douglas combo at home against Rotherham. Here was a must-win game against lowly opposition, a chance to boost our meagre goal difference, but one look at the team sheet and it was hard to stifle a yawn before the game had even kicked off.
One is not a betting man but if one were, the pound would go on a hunch that Mick thinks that at least one of these three is an attacking midfield player, and given the goal-scoring prowess of Skuse and Hyam that man must be Douglas.
We are often reminded that Douglas scored eight goals for Brentford in one season, what we can’t understand is how this could have happened. However, that still leaves Hyam and Skuse together and that is one too many defensive midfielders while Kevin Bru and Liam Feeney kicked their heels on the bench.
The jury would have to return a guilty verdict on this team selection debacle. What made it worse is that one persuaded 12 friends to come to this match dressed as Blues Brothers for the afternoon entertainment during one’s stag do - luckily the alcohol helped to numb the pain of watching this stinker.
One guesses that Douglas will suffer the same fate next season as Tabb did this time around. Different class.
Can there be any positives that can be dredged up from this dreadful season of dire hoofball? Hang on, is that the cavalry coming over the hill to rescue MM and bring us out of the doldrums? One can see a cluster of academy starlets emerging on the horizon: Teddy Bishop, Myles Kenlock, Josh Emmanuel and Andre Dozzell and some more following on behind.
Oh, and wasn’t this the season where we equalled a club record of five away wins on the bounce? And wasn’t it proved beyond any doubt that we have a class goalkeeper in Bart (with Gerken also much improved this season). And didn’t we play a match against David Nugent - albeit with him having come on as a late sub - without him scoring a goal? Happy days indeed.
One is proud that Ipswich is still not a club that is known for sacking managers. Sir Alf and Sir Bobby both came under fire during their stewardship and the good times were just around the corner.
For some Mick has gone from Messiah to ‘very naughty boy’ in 12 months, but Marcus Evans has kept faith. Evans has stated that he wants stability and that is what he has got with Mick - has anyone else noticed that our best players are no longer leaving for free at the end of the season?
Dear Mick, there are lots who would like to see a Mexit but you have my cross pencilled into the ‘remain’ box, however please stop trying to force square pegs into round holes next season. We all know you are a stubborn Yorkshireman but they just won’t fit.
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