|Reasons for Relegation|
Written by rickw on Friday, 12th Apr 2019 15:40
This week has seen several newspapers print their stories on Ipswich's demise giving their simplistic reason on what's gone wrong.
Whether that's us horrible fans forced out the great Mick McCarthy or Marcus Evans has gotten everything wrong - they are wrong, I think there are always many reasons why a club gets relegated.
Most fans wanted a young up and coming manager and that's what we got in Paul Hirst. Bersant Celina's loan finished and we let David McGoldrick leave who had quality but was injury prone and one of our biggest earners.
Then offers came in for Adam Webster, Joe Garner and Martyn Waghorn, the players felt no loyalty to our new manager and wanted to leave.
Hurst believed he could reinvest the money in lower division players and find players just as good but for less money, it turns out he couldn't and he had underestimated the quality jump to the Championship.
Jordan Roberts, Janoi Donacien, Kayden Jackson, Jon Nolan, Toto Nsiala and Ellis Harrison were brought in from Leagues One and Two, mostly after the bulk of Hurst's fitness-intensive pre-season had finished because the club were bartering for the best deal.
Perhaps if they had all arrived earlier they may have understood Hurst's tactics and developed some cohesion; but they didn't. Given time some of those players have or will adapt to Championship level - Nolan has, however asking them all to adapt straight away was too much.
After a reasonable draw against Blackburn and an underserved loss at Rotherham I think some poor refereeing decisions cost us. Tayo Edun's early sending off against Villa - both were fouls and both could have been cards, however a good referee would tell the young lad to calm down and give him a final warning.
Then against Sheffield Wednesday Nsiala was sent off for a dangerous interception - this was a ridiculous decision! These two decisions don't explain everything, but they both turned promising performances where we could have gotten an early season win, instead we were on a winless run and confidence dropped.
Another reason which was noticeable early in the season was the poor form from our three times player of the year Bartosz Bialkowski. Whether this was down to the goalkeeping coach Malcolm Webster retiring who he was very close to, the new manager or some other reason I don't know. If we had the Bart from the last three seasons several of those losses would have been draws, and some of those draw wins.
We have obviously brought in too many loans, Edun was naive against Villa and Trevoh Chalobah has undoubted ability but he made a lot of costly mistakes early in the season as he adapted to men's football. In realising his mistake in lack of experience Hurst brought in Jon Walters on what would undoubtedly be a good salary but he was soon injured and gone.
Unfortunately Walters wasn't the only serious injury, Teddy Bishop and Andre Dozzell were still working their way back to fitness in the first half of the season, two of McCarthy's senior midfield signings, Emy Huws and Tom Adeyemi, still haven't been seen this season.
Then just as Freddie Sears rediscovered his goalscoring instincts he was ruled out for a year. Add that to the other long-term injuries for Grant Ward, Jack Lankester and Matthew Pennington.
Cole Skuse picked up a small injury just as he was playing his best football for us, Harrison has been picking up minor injuries all season as has Will Keane since his arrival. Perhaps some youth attackers would have stepped up, but both Ben Morris and Ben Folami also picked up long-term injuries themselves.
Going back to with the simplistic newspaper reasons I think if McCarthy was still in charge we wouldn't have been where we are - Garner, Waghorn and Webster probably wouldn't have left and we wouldn't have had the upheaval in the summer. I wouldn't have paid to watch the football however!
Also if Evans had given Paul Lambert some serious money to spend in January he may have brought in a striker who would guarantee goals, unfortunately we work to a budget and that means looking in the bargain basement hoping to find a diamond in the rough.
Anyway that's where we are, let's hope we can streamline the squad and get in one or two experienced pros and a goalscorer to supplement our kids so we can have a successful season next year in League One.
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