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TWTD-Blue Monday Podcast - Alan Lee Part Two
Friday, 18th Jun 2021 07:00

In part two of the TWTD-Blue Monday podcast with Alan Lee the former striker talks about his return to Portman Road as an academy coach and why he ended up hating working at the club as it became "a car crash in slow motion".

The former Republic of Ireland international also speaks about what it takes to get out of League One - he’s done it three times - his former team-mate Paul Cook and what he’s up to now at Bury Town and outside football.

Part one, in which Lee talks about his time as a young player coming through at Aston Villa, being schooled by Dalian Atkinson, his Blues playing career, that Amsterdam trip, his departure and his spells with Crystal Palace and Huddersfield, can be found here.

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itfcserbia added 10:15 - Jun 18
It is REALLY hard after hearing this not to feel very negative emotions towards ME tenure and how he let the club down on so many levels.
Almost as hard as trying not to make this comment offensive.
The list of people Alan makes of who left the club... It's just astonishing... I could cry.

jong75 added 11:11 - Jun 18
Seems a really good guy who genuinely cares about the club. What was Marcus Evans plans owning the football club other than to advertise his main business? I really do feel optimistic for the future with the new structure.

BlueandTruesince82 added 11:27 - Jun 18
Despite what was said it feels like the last 3 or 4 years Marcus didn't have his heart in it and what many of said for a long time, a lack of a propper football appointment (rather than the Olympic ticket tout committed) allowed it to descend into amatuer hour

LegendofthePhoenix added 12:17 - Jun 18
This is the most honest assessment I have heard of what went wrong. You would have thought that someone who has made a successful business empire would understand the basics of owning a football club, and appointing CEOs and COOs who would actually understand football. But no, ME was appointing his buddies who weren't football people and didn't respect all the dedication and hard work of the back room staff. You can't get away with it forever and the gradual loss of all those people and replacement with people who had no accountability took its toll. It even makes you feel sorry for MM who was towing the party line in public but must have been so frustrated in reality. Thankfully now ME has gone and the rebuilding can start. Even our new owners have said that success might not come in the first season, and after listening to AL about the size of the task, you can see why. Great interview!

wewerefamous added 13:36 - Jun 18
I had the pleasure of being introduced to Alan in his playing days at town by a mutual friend following a mid-week game. An absolute gent and clearly had/has a genuine love for the club. It’s a shame he isn’t part of the club anymore as he has a huge amount of experience and knowledge to pass into the younger squads. A great interview 👍

jonju11 added 15:30 - Jun 18
A fantastic evaluation of what has gone wrong with our Club in recent years. The backbone of any Club is clear leadership, professional & realistic planning, Individuals with professional nouse, accountability with monitored delegation.
For too long we have looked at a Club being rudderlessly driven by non-football ability.
Hoping to see if Paul Cook's army of assistants can help him to restore the pride & performance in our great Club.

d77sgw added 15:45 - Jun 18
A great, if heartbreaking, interview. Proper journalism - you've got more information about the systemic failures of our club here than anything I've heard or read elsewhere. No wonder the club didn't want you around Phil!

therein61 added 18:08 - Jun 18
Whatever has been said re Marcus Evans the fact remains while you may have the interests of the club at heart you should be more hands on not invisible and relying on poor advice and appointing numpties to run the club, Alan Lee has been stating what most fans have been thinking for years now and support has sadly dwindled as a result thank heavens we now have a forward thinking ownership in place and we can finally move upwards.

Sospiri added 05:34 - Jun 19
Great interview with an intelligent and reflective football man. Well done everyone.

stormypetrel added 08:42 - Jun 19
Fascinating interview…AL speaks so well…his passion and beliefs re academy youth football, the set up of a club…Bury… really enjoyed listening

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