|An Appeal to All Ipswich Town Fans|
Written by itfctrent on Thursday, 9th Mar 2017 20:43
Following Tuesday night’s dire performance and result against Wolves, I think that I speak on behalf of the majority of Ipswich fans here when I say enough is enough. Positive action is required and necessary if we are to oust Mick as manager.
We started this season with real confidence that we may be able to push on towards the Promised Land that is the Premiership. We signed some good promising young players in Grant Ward and Adam Webster, and in the first game of the season we played some really attractive football and won 4-2. Several mistakes were made by us, but there was a lot to build on. How things have changed.
We lost Daryl Murphy, our main focal point in attack who had almost single-handedly pushed us into the play-offs just over 12 months before, for £3 million to Newcastle. Several rumours flew around that we had made million-pound bids for strikers. If that is true or not we will never know, but nothing came of it. Instead, we signed Tom Lawrence and Joniesta on loan, and brought in panic-signing Leon Best to replace Murph.
Lawrence has been a truly inspirational acquisition; Williams came injured and made a couple of appearances before getting injured again. Best showed very very little enthusiasm and fortunately, will not play for us again under Mick (or let’s face it any other manager). A success rate of 33 per cent is not great.
We have been subjected to some real abject performances this season, sandwiched in between the odd promising performance where we thought 'let’s kick on', but we didn’t.
We went six games without scoring in October and we didn’t look like scoring either. I recall our match against Huddersfield where we chanted “We’ve had a shot”, that should not happen in any football match!
This is all down to Mick. He has been in the job for four years now and so cannot shirk responsibility for the fact that Tommy Smith, Luke Chambers and Luke Hyam are the only survivors from the Paul Jewell era. This is his team, plain and simple.
Bar performances, the issue of team selections often sparks mass debates on this site as well. For a long period of time, we had to cope with the dull duo of Cole Skuse and Jonathan Douglas in a 4-4-2 formation. With two defensive-minded midfielders playing week in week out, home and away, it was no wonder our goals tally is so low.
We are the fifth lowest scorers in the league and putting it in to context a bit, we have scored the same number of goals away from home this season as Newcastle have won away from home (13).
Setting a team up to get a point every game is not acceptable, especially if you are playing teams who are massively out of form and are there to be knocked out the park (Rotherham at home). Fortunately, after our QPR defeat, Mick dropped Douglas and has not featured in the league since.
He changed from a flat four to a 3-5-2 and has brought in Toumani Diagouraga and Emyr Huws who have added something to the midfield that we have missed for so long - goals! By changing formation, this has enabled players who have been played out of position for so long to go to their rightful positions. Both Chambers and Freddie Sears have looked happier and have played better, and to some extent, so have we.
However, whilst our performances have improved somewhat of (could they get any worse after Lincoln and Derby?), it is not enough for Mick to stay in his job. If it were not for the sheer brilliance of Bart and Tom Lawrence this season, we would either be in the bottom three or fighting for survival.
Mick McCarthy’s teams have always been very resolute and hard to break down, especially against the bigger teams in the division, however, when his teams have played those who are in a similar position or lower in the table than his own, the plans have failed.
When his teams have been favourites to win and have been expected to win by a distance, things have often come up short. This was somewhat apparent in 2014/15 when we finished sixth, and has become more evident during last season and especially this year. Our players look devoid of confidence going forward. I believe that this is because the attacking natures of our players have been bled dry by Mick, simple as.
Mick has stated that he will wait until the end of the season to decide if he will remain our manager or not, and fans opinions of him will play a part in his final decision.
Therefore, from my point of view, it is simple for us fans. If you are unhappy with the way this club is being managed, take positive action and vote with your feet. If only a few thousand renew their season tickets, something will click in Marcus Evans’s brain to make him think that something has to change. Only then will Mick be out of a job. If this is not the case, then League One beckons for us next season, along with crowds of 10 or 11,000 at the most. In my short lifetime (I'm 17 years old), I have never recalled us have attendances lower than 14,000i-sh.
So to sum up (and perhaps sound like a dodgy advert), are you tired of lacklustre performances, low scoring matches and footballs spending more time in the air than on the ground? Are you tired of 1970s defensive tactics and a stubborn arrogant manager?
Do you miss that feeling going to Portman Road on a Saturday afternoon looking forward to watching another team swatted to one side? Do you miss leaving Portman Road with a smile of your face? Do you miss the Ipswich Town way, the young players coming through the academy and being the poster boys? Do you miss the 'We will score more than you' mentality? Of course you do!
How can this be achieved? Simple! Be proactive and please,
Thank you for reading.
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