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Musings of 2021
Written by MJS83 on Sunday, 24th Jan 2021 09:17

January 2021, Ipswich Town lie in ninth place in League One, three points from the play-offs and 10 points from the top of the table.

How times have changed. When the Tractor Boys were relegated to the third tier of English football, one would assume that they would be all over this league but I’ve discovered that appearances can be deceiving. It transpires that the further down the football pyramid you drop, the harder it becomes to restore faith and respect in a once great football team.

Paul Lambert has been in charge for a over two years. He has guided the team to an 11th place finish in his first full season in League One and as the final whistles were being blown on the Covid-19 season of 2019/20, he exclaimed that this wasn’t good enough and yet we are here, sitting just outside of the play-offs of an average league.

I find myself wondering if Mr Lambert is trying his very best to force the owner to Mr Evans to give him an excuse to sack him and yet according to Mr Lambert, yesterday’s display against fellow promotional rivals, Peterborough United, was OK and alright and ‘we were unlucky’.

I’m not sure of the manager knows what best for the team. Signings have been few and far between and whilst financial fair play has had an impact, it can’t be accounted for the shambolic policy of player acquisition.

Ipswich Town Football Club are now lacking a recognised striker and this was addressed towards the back end of last week. Why this didn’t trigger an in-depth search for a replacement is beyond me.

I’m sorry but it feels like Lambert has now become ‘Agent Lambert’ and we’re now awaiting the internal destruction of a football team, that may well be in League One, but very much deserves an opportunity in a higher league.

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WonTheCupin78 added 20:22 - Jan 24
Good job MJS83. Worth adding that when Lambert took over we were only 5 points from safety with about 30 games to go. Everyone at the time thought a new manager would easily be able to get us out of that. Instead we crashed completely.

ElephantintheRoom added 09:34 - Jan 27
"When the Tractor Boys were relegated to the third tier of English football, one would assume that they would be all over this league" Excuse me - but who itheir right mind would assume that? Town crashed out of the Championship in truly appalling and spineless style, with the appointment of Lambert seemingly accelerating the decline. Nothing in the team's make up or performances before Lambert arrived and after have suggested anything other than an accleration of the decline and rot that set in with the arrival of Evans. I'm sorry but everything about this club screams the exact opposite of your final sentance - they very much deserve to be where they are - morribund, and probably subsiding to a lower league - and if the rot is not excised, out of the league as clubs such as Cambridge, Colchester, Luton have previously discovered.

Skip73 added 08:10 - Feb 1
Well said Elephant. If ever there was a club who DIDN'T deserve a chance higher up the league, its spineless Town.
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