|It’s All Wrong, From Top to Bottom!|
Written by BackTheBlues on Wednesday, 1st Feb 2017 12:44
I’m going to start this piece with a statement and end it with the same one: This current Ipswich Town team, staff and owner have robbed me of my enjoyment of going to watch my club on a Saturday afternoon or Tuesday night.
It’s all wrong, from top to bottom!
Needs to put some money into the club or sell up – we’ve all been saying it for a while now, but now it is time to do something.
We were promised the sale of Daryl Murphy would generate funds in January. We were then told we’ve had multi-million pound bids rejected for players such as Jordan Hugill.
After the transfer window deadline day signings, I honestly believe Mick McCarthy has agreed with Evans to walk at the end of the season and do just enough to keep us in the division. Why else would you not back your manager in the transfer market?
Teams like Sheffield Wednesday are spending £10 million on Jordan Rhodes and we’re spending £10,000 on Kieffer Moore!
I don’t care about Financial Fair Play, nobody is being fined or deducted points, so let’s spend the money. If Hugill is a £1.5 million striker, but they want £4 million, pay it! It’s the market place!
Taking a gamble on a relatively good striker is better than not taking a gamble at all.
However, I do honestly hope Evans and Mick have agreed for Mick to leave, because whilst Evans is largely to blame for the last 10 years of stagnation – it is because of Mick we are where we are now!
I will always be grateful to the man for saving Ipswich four years ago – certain to go down, he came in, steadied the ship and got the basics right on the ‘shoestring budget’.
Then we had the ‘almost year’. Top six, punching above our weight and giving Narwich a match over two legs – I still think had Christophe Berra not been sent off we may have had a chance to win.
But then came the decline, and this decline isn’t stopping! But what has happened this season is unforgivable.
Selling Murphy. Good business had we replaced him – but we didn’t! So why sell our target centre forward?
Even then though, with Murphy in our team, we had declined from 2016. But this season the football astonishingly got worse, the results got worse.
And it is down to Mick – My old man nailed it last night after the Derby game – Mick is an “analogue manager, in a digital age” – his tactics are obsolete.
Like Leicester last year, once teams have figured Ipswich out, they don’t lose to them again. So we tried to adapt, tried to change by playing more football. This has left us weaker at the back, more open and giving the ball away in bad areas – we haven’t got the players to play this way – and these are Mick’s players.
We change from four at the back to three at the back. Only the best teams in the world can play three at the back – and their three do not consist of Luke Chambers, Christophe Berra and Paul Digby!
Josh Emmanuel - what has the kid got to do to play every week? He’s 19! He won’t be “too tired” – Jordan Spence is appalling!
We’re the only team not pressing the ball in the current climate and we’re also the only team who matches up their opponents on a weekly basis home or away.
Lincoln was bad, but Derby was the last straw for me. Embarrassing and that’s where these come in:
Disgrace! They are an absolute disgrace. If I performed my job like they have done recently I would not be getting paid nor would I have a job any more.
I deserve a refund for last night. Never in 20-plus years have I booed Ipswich – but last night I went to the edge of the pitch by the tunnel at half-time and told them players exactly what I thought of them.
Maybe it’s not productive, but they need to know how we feel.
We’ve been told by the media “Negativity will talk Ipswich into a relegation battle". No it won’t. But staying silent will not make any progress.
I’ve never left football more disappointed with Ipswich than I did last night, there was no fight, no passion.
Not one player, apart from Bart and Tom Lawrence would get into any other Championship team.
Berra needs to retire. Knudsen needs to give up. Chambers (as much as I used to love the bloke) needs to go to Forest, he is a coward of a captain, shirking tackles and giving up. Pitman – useless. Sears – appalling. Ward – no end product. McGoldrick – waste of space and talent. The list is endless.
So I’ll finish with what I started with: This current Ipswich Town team, staff and owner, have robbed me of my enjoyment of going to watch my club on a Saturday afternoon or Tuesday night.
I shall not return this season. It is a waste of my hard-earned money, my time and it takes away my love for the game.
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