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A Crossroads
Written by TBT on Friday, 30th Jun 2017 19:26

Let's make the assumption that Marcus Evans wants this business to flourish and ignore the theories about having a dying subsidiary over a long period of time somehow bringing a tax advantage to the ME Group.

Initially the intentions to gain promotion were clear but sadly he gave an absolute clown the huge war chest to get ITFC quickly back into the Premier League.

From the moment Roy Keane was appointed, the club was doomed and this fool frittered away all of the money (making sure the team and club spirit was destroyed at the same time) and Marcus Evans's Plan A was in tatters.

Whether you support Mick McCarthy or not, he singlehandedly reshaped the squad and got the ship back on an even keel. Considering the mess he inherited this was an great achievement.

I believe Marcus is standing at a crossroads right now and if he wants to achieve promotion he needs to take a large step forward as opposed to another year of dabbling. It is no more than a business decision.

Twelve months ago you would argue that the squad was not worth investing in and therefore we might as well hold back, try and build a team with our existing squad and use loan players to reach mid-table obscurity and security. To that extent the plan worked but a year on we have the platform for a genuine challenge and I believe Marcus should consider the fact he is two or three meaningful signings away from genuinely challenging in the Championship.

The goalkeeper is one of the best in the division, the defence with a fit Adam Webster (and even Steven Taylor) is potentially formidable with some genuine footballers in it.

The midfield is a bit of a car crash but we can see how this is beginning to take shape and there are potentially plenty of goals in David McGoldrick, Freddie Sears and Joe Garner.

This solid base needs a significant signing in each department to transform it into a formidable side and I believe that Marcus has an opportunity right now to make this transformation.

John McGinn is a classic case in point. If we are going to mount a serious challenge we should be analysing this player and if we think he is worth the investment then we take our purchasing to a higher level.

This intention would spread through the club and the squad itself and suddenly every other club would be worrying about ITFC as opposed to the current state of affairs where we worry about them.

Marcus, if you have a plan and want Premier League status you are going to have to go to another level and support this promising squad and now would be a good time to do it.

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Mark added 19:43 - Jun 30
> Twelve months ago you would argue that the squad was not worth investing in

I am not sure why the squad was not worth investing in 12 months ago but is now. We had just finished 7th and I had hoped we would have invested more a year ago to push for the play offs in 2016/17. Ward and Webster were a start, but I think we needed more of their ilk. Selling Murphy and not replacing him in August or even January scuppered our season.

I think the investment now is the owner realising that he just must do something or we will be going down. I like the new signings so far and am feeling more optimistic. Berra and Lawrence will be big boots to fill though as we look to improve our 15th place finish.

Edmundo added 20:12 - Jun 30
Agree we need to go balls out and sign a (I hate this expression) marquee player: a striker to rival the acquisitions of the past - think Stewart, Armstrong, Mariner or David Johnson (mk 1 or 2). In today's money that's probably around 6 million, but as the recent signings have shown, there's possibly a free agent coming online we could sign on a big "signing on" fee.

carsey added 09:37 - Jul 1
I don't believe it matters who we sign or how much money is spent by Evans the problem is and will be McCarthy because he is so narrow minded in football terms and unless this changes along with his relationship with the fans Town will not be going anywhere soon.
I really do hope I am wrong

blue75 added 19:18 - Jul 2
12 months ago we all thought we had the best squad McCarthy had his best squad. Then Murphy was sold not replaced and McCarthy's one dimensional style was there for all to see. This season will depend on his signings settling quick, his defence doing it's job of keeping a clean sheet always remember McCarthy will always take a draw and finally Garner or someone nicking a goal. This is the first season in 25 that I don't believe we can win the league.

blueblood66 added 12:11 - Jul 3
Bottom 6 squad...still. #dinosaur

Blue041273 added 12:19 - Jul 3
Football is a transient business and must constantly adapt and adjust. Players rarely hang about these days, moving around to personal advantage at every opportunity. Thus it is important to ensure that players are brought in in every window to ensure that we are not surprised when players move on. We have stagnated in recent years relying on loanees to plug gaps. IMO we have brought in some good players in this transfer window but we have NOT replaced the likes of Murphy and Berra and will ultimately pay the price. John McGinn is not the answer to these problems and only a substantial investment in the recruitment of the necessary playing staff will save us from a season of average indifference.

rickw added 14:16 - Jul 5
I think you're being a bit optimistic about the strikers - I mean last season they were hardly prolific - Sears (7) McGoldrick (5) and Garner (7).

But I do think we have more of a chance of being successful this season because of the players MM has signed - 2 box to box midfielders and a hardworking forward, Garner and Adeyemi both strong physical players - he's not bothering with small creative skilful players like McGinn and Johnny Williams, these are proper McCarthy players who are more suited to his game.

It won't be pretty but MM has had success before with a strong hardworking energetic side before, and that's what he's going for again

SpiritOfJohn added 18:28 - Jul 5
@Edmundo I guess you mean a marque player rather than a player for a large tent? :)

Currie10 added 11:13 - Jul 7
" From the moment Roy Keane was appointed, the club was doomed and this fool frittered away all of the money "

Disagree with this to a point. Keane did waste a lot of ££££ sure, however how much of that was quite his fault is open to debate. For example, in his book he states he wanted us to sign Priskin and the deal was done. Keane thought it was a £400-£500k bid however it was north of £1.5 mill which absolutely shocked him. Sure, he signed the player but a little communication behind the scenes may have been beneficial.

Magilton and Jewell were equally culpable regarding throwing an absolute fortune down the toilet. Paul Taylor on Jewell springs to mind, David Norris under Jim similarly as he was never in a month of Sundays worth that. Halmosi and E Banks Blake were the two boys from Plymouth we should have gone in for at the time, not Norris. Likewise, Boyd was the Peterborough man that was key to sign. Taylor in my opinion is a very decent player with a terrible attitude - however he didn't warrant such a bid. Worth a punt, not for the fee.

The midfield attacking wise looks better sure - hopefully Dozzell will make his mark and we can get a tune from a fit Bishop. We appear to be lacking some muscle in there to mainly play alongside Skuse if Mick's comments regarding Celina playing LM are to be believed. There's no chance in a month of Sundays if we line up with 2 strikers, Celina and Ward out wide that Mick would play either Bishop or Dozza alongside Skuse in my opinion and potentially rightly so. Another strong CM I expect to see arrive before deadline day.

I also think we may well be lacking in the fire power this coming season. Sure, Garner is a start and will at least score 8 - 10 I'd say plus be a pain. Pitman clearly doesn't fit into a higher pressing higher tempo system so I cannot say I'm sorry to see him hopefully go if that's the case. We all know McGoldrick will break down at any point and Sears... well when he goes on a run like the back end of the season he's a great player to have. When he goes over six months of the season without a goal. Painful. Therefore going into the season with three strikers - clearly another to arrive.

At the time of writing this I am more than happy with our summer transfers to date and feel we're three signings away from what should be a far better campaign. I'd say a CB/CM/CF and that would be a good summer. Unfortunately for us, other clubs are spending a lot more ££££ and attracting generally better ball players so it's going to be a long shot for us to make the top 6 in all likelihood this term. I'd suggest top 12 would be a good season all things considered - not that this will please anyone.

In a nutshell, both Joe Royle and Mick McCarthy ( very good managers in my opinion ) sadly haven't had much to spend yet three very questionable managers had millions and wasted it.

shakytown added 06:22 - Jul 8
The simple fact is that we are slow and lack talent. Most of the teams will just run around our plodders and outclass us. Mucks dreary tactics will see us survive for another season but it won't be pretty to watch.

madmouse1959 added 05:16 - Jul 20
Away from the football side of things....the last few seasons proved McCarthy was unable to communicate and was totally detached from the supporters of this club. Evans had always detached himself from the fan base too from the very beginning of his ownership. So a lot of supporters just simply gave up supporting this regime and the poor football that followed. The poor McCarthy media interviews only made things a whole lot worse. It will take more than a mid table finish to get those fans back. Sadly, we will still carry a few players who are not good enough.
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