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EFL Chairman: Halting Season Last Resort
at 06:48:54

The policy decisions of the Govt regarding Covid have been mis-guided , disproportionate to the problem and catastrophic for the economy and growth.

Of those that get "infected" over 95% are never ill or experience only mild flu-like symptoms.
Coronaviruses have been around probably for millenia.

Public health policy in the past has never required lockdowns and social distancing as regards the flu - which is seasonal every year and kills more people that Covid has.

Why is this important ?

Because people in roles of authority within the UK need to start rejecting this government's policies and their implementation because they are wrong, extremely damaging and if not halted quickly will lead to economic and political meltdown.

This applies to those in football as well.

Mr Parry and his ilk seem to adopt an entirely supine approach to the situation as if it is inevitable, and expect we should roll over and passively accept the government's hopeless, punitive and potentially deadly impact on the EFL as a going professional sport.

If the stance remains that there are no crowds back until March, this is already the financial death knell for a majority of clubes in Leagues 1 and 2.

Surely it is not beyond the wit and determination of the owners of these clubs to come together to determine a joint policy which would include either suing the government for egregious policy errors and damages, or else mount a concerted campaign to the political instances (local and national) that they MUST change their approach immediately and allow crowds back in on a staged basis /

The infections rates are nearly all fictitious as the testing renders very high numbers of "false positives" and anyway 99.8% of people "infected" neither die nor are ill.

WAKE UP FOLKS> SMELL THE COFFEE.

Moaning and resignation are a recipe for destruction. Start campaigning and lets also get Mr. Parry and his cohorts to earn their corn because they are not doing so presently.

Maybe even our clever businessman owner Mr Evans could take a lead here ?

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Taylor: First Half Fantastic in Game of Two Halves
at 08:21:31

Was not at the game but clearly some players not at the races in 2nd half. A possible explanation:
PL goes AWOL before the match is ended to catch his plane to Scotland (to see the Celtic v Rangers Scottish Cup Final perhaps ?). Word gets out to the players on the pitch that the boss has tootled off. Performances drop off with immediate effect.
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Lambert: We're Getting Most of Them Back
at 13:05:38

PL, it seems to me from this interview, is either "under the weather", or more likely, seriously disinterested in having to do these pre-match pressers.

Can we blame him ? Same old tired questions, generating the usual formulaic bland replies.
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Ipswich Town 1-0 Rotherham United - Match Report
at 17:55:42

Massive result. Collins a Colossus at the back. Lambert now has "his" team and the Hurst signings - bar Nsiala on the bench - all invisible.

But on 18 points with only 19 games to play, difficult to see us reach 46 points unless we can keep clean sheets like today and also find more goals through Keane and Quaner.

Can Lambert shape this new team quickly and find results momentum ?
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Ipswich Town 1-0 Rotherham United - Match Report
at 12:29:57

Suggestion for Town team and bench today
Formation 4-2-3-1

Bialkowski
Pennington Chambers Collins Elder
Skuse Downdes
Lankester Keane Sears
Quaner
Bench:
Gerken
Kenlock
Chalobah
Huws
Dawkins
Jackson
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Lambert to Be Confirmed Town Boss in Next 48 Hours
at 22:08:04

BlueFish 11
You are enthusiastic for the appointment of Lambert on the basis of his record, I hope you are right but from my perapective I think you are wrong.

Time will tell but do not gorget that sustainable change requires a robust strategy.

IMO, we will have neither with Lambert and Evans
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Lambert to Be Confirmed Town Boss in Next 48 Hours
at 21:48:43

Hey Jim Baxter
Listen we are all ITFC fans and want the best for the team and the club. Those of us who are older than you remember our FA Cup victory (I was there) as the precursor to further successful exploits in Europe.

The world of football finance has now changed dramatically, And in the Championship there is no level playing field.

You are - apparently - in favour of th appointment of Paul Lamberrt at ITFC at this moment in time. You are welcome to your opinion

My own view is that, the owner has again made an error in providing zero information why this person and what is his mandate

Personally, I see little in the CV of Lambert as a manager thqt is a long term solution, only - perhaps - to keep us up. ( BTW, I do not ignore his courage to go and play in Germany as a player)
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Lambert to Be Confirmed Town Boss in Next 48 Hours
at 21:19:02

The first thing to be said is that the appointment of Lambert is not a good solution from the perspective of ITFC strategy.

Separately, the sacking of Hurst and his team tells us that owner Evans is now desperate. He alone is accountable for the manager selection and again he has failed with Hurst.

Clearly, having given Hurst his "freedom". over changes at the club, Evans has quickly voted for survival in League 2 rathr than relegation.

Problem is, will Lambert deliver that ? Tall order, and good luck to him as he is already appointed.

however, WHAT THE HELL IS THE FUTURE for this great club
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Lambert to Be Confirmed Town Boss in Next 48 Hours
at 21:18:59

The first thing to be said is that the appointment of Lambert is not a good solution from the perspective of ITFC strategy.

Separately, the sacking of Hurst and his team tells us that owner Evans is now desperate. He alone is accountable for the manager selection and again he has failed with Hurst.

Clearly, having given Hurst his "freedom". over changes at the club, Evans has quickly voted for survival in League 2 rathr than relegation.

Problem is, will Lambert deliver that ? Tall order, and good luck to him as he is already appointed.

however, WHAT THE HELL IS THE FUTURE for this great club
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Lambert to Be Confirmed Town Boss in Next 48 Hours
at 21:18:55

The first thing to be said is that the appointment of Lambert is not a good solution from the perspective of ITFC strategy.

Separately, the sacking of Hurst and his team tells us that owner Evans is now desperate. He alone is accountable for the manager selection and again he has failed with Hurst.

Clearly, having given Hurst his "freedom". over changes at the club, Evans has quickly voted for survival in League 2 rathr than relegation.

Problem is, will Lambert deliver that ? Tall order, and good luck to him as he is already appointed.

however, WHAT THE HELL IS THE FUTURE for this great club
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Lambert to Be Confirmed Town Boss in Next 48 Hours
at 21:18:54

The first thing to be said is that the appointment of Lambert is not a good solution from the perspective of ITFC strategy.

Separately, the sacking of Hurst and his team tells us that owner Evans is now desperate. He alone is accountable for the manager selection and again he has failed with Hurst.

Clearly, having given Hurst his "freedom". over changes at the club, Evans has quickly voted for survival in League 2 rathr than relegation.

Problem is, will Lambert deliver that ? Tall order, and good luck to him as he is already appointed.

however, WHAT THE HELL IS THE FUTURE for this great club
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Hurst: It's Still a Bubbly Squad
at 17:43:22

Anyone who has experience of accomplishing positive changes in performance of an organisation knows that that takes time. Hurst needs and deserves more time, even though - in my view - he has made several mistakes. The owner must not press the panic button. Supporters must keep supporting the team and be patient. ROME WASNT BUILT IN A DAY .

However, the speed and extent of change of personnel was a big risk (mistake even) and Hurst is now livign with the consequences. Some of the new acquisitions look like they can come good. Others, not so much. But Hurst has some grit to his character and although he is a tad verbose in his press interviews, I think that - on balance - he deserves the benefit of the doubt till December.
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Downes, Dozzell, Roberts, Kenlock and Rowe in U23s Facing Birmingham
at 16:21:17

BigHibbs
Your opinion about Hurst's view of Dozzell is interesting but controversial. Do you have access to information/sources at the club that back up your assertion that Hurst doe not appreciate Dozzell as player ?
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Woolfenden's Swindon Loan Confirmed
at 13:27:30

Hurst has been making some very high risk decisions since his arrival at Town. He has now brought in a completely new team composed of players without Championship level experience. Only the remaining incumbent squad players have such experience and only 3 of those (Bart, Chambers, Skuse) still seem to be in his plans (For the time being).

I think Hurst would counter the above by saying that he knows from his own experience what it takes to succeed at Championship level because (a) he has himself played extensively at this level and (b) he has as a manager developed a proven playing style that has success at lower league levels.

Time will show if Hurst is right. But he will not have much time, because if by December Town are adrift at the bottom of the Table the pressure will be on and the inexperienced players from lower leagues may begin to suffer from the attritional effect on confidence of repetitive defeats and evaporating home crowd support.

The wholesale rejection of existing Town academy talent for this year (Nydam, Wolfie, Emmanuel, Morris all loaned out) with the minor exceptions of Kenlock and Dozzell (neither of whom Hurst has accepted as potential starters), can either be interpreted as his genuine assessment that they are "not ready" (for whatever reasons) or/and that the players he has brought in are already better players and more likely to perform for him this season at the required level.

Again, time will tell. Hurst in his interviews is maintaining an air of apparent quiet self-assurance. We must hope that this self-assurance is indeed the measure of the man and he is about to pull off an (in my opinion) unlikely feat. I wish him well.

However, the decisive way he has acted in rejecting the town youngsters means that he has placed his own stamp on the team from day one. It is not clear to me what is his "Plan B" if his current way of setting up the team fails to bring results over the next 5-6 games. Where will he go from there ?

Finally, noting his taking of Jon Walters on a season long loan is, I suggest, the first sign of his grabbing a last chance opportunity to bring in some pragmatism to the make-up of the squad. If Walters stays uninjured and fit, and Hurst plays him regularly in an attacking role, then this will force changes which may help the side create more in the final third of the pitch.

If not, then I can only recall the Town friendly against West Ham when there were Nydam, Dozzell and Downdes all playing at the same time in midfield. For several patches of play these 3 tore West Ham apart. I think many Town fans were hoping these three would all be regulars this season .
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Town Targeting Walters Loan Return
at 16:58:22

If this is accurate, then looks like a decision taken in desperation. Yes, we need an experienced attacking player with goal-scoring ability. But Walters has no pace. He had no pace even when playing for us all those years ago. Hurst is looking for pace and high energy pressing. What is the incentive for Walters at this late stage in his career to come back to ITFC and play with a bunch of youngsters ? Is he up for it ? His style is "all-in" commitment which is to be commended, but why would he make this move ? don't see it as the right move either for him, or Hurst.
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Ipswich Town 1-2 West Ham - Match Report
at 17:00:21

Commendable performance. Phases of good forward passing and movement off the ball.
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Ipswich Town 1-1 West Ham - Half-Time
at 16:57:49

Commendable. Patches of possession with real good movement and sometimes creating opportunities. Pressing high up the pitch. Previous regime would not have approved ! Still, a work in progress and lots still to do. Freddie Sears looked a bit uncommitted in the second half though
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Waghorn Again on Bench as Blues Face West Ham
at 16:02:58

Watched the last 15 minutes of first half and WH were all over us. We were given the run around, never kept the ball, started hitting it long and almost lost our shape completely
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Waghorn Again on Bench as Blues Face West Ham
at 14:52:24

Interesting to see both Clements and Lankester on the bench. Aren't these two only in the Under 18s ? Presumably it is these that have "caught the eye" as PH was quoted saying couple days ago.
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Waghorn Again on Bench as Blues Face West Ham
at 14:41:26

No sign of Kenlock. High risk putting 3 youngsters (Nydam, Downdes, Dozzell) across the middle of the park (Why not Ward ?). Wonder where the goals are going to come from with no Waghorn, Garner.....

Reckon the lads could be chasing the ball a lot this afternoon if Wilshere and Arnautovic fancy it..
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