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Christian Walton to Ipswich
at 14:09 14 May 2021

Right age, been on the books at a Premiership club, has had back to back seasons in the Championship and has worked with Paul Cook at Wigan. What are the chances we can sign him on a free transfer? Would be the ideal replacement for Holy.
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I am going to give Paul Cook a chance now.
at 10:59 14 May 2021

I had a bit of a meltdown yesterday and have been really worried about things since he arrived. Seeing how much Chambers and Skuse really did care made me feel for them being made into villains when frankly it wasn't their fault key players such as Downes, Norwood and Vincent Young were injured which is why we didn't pick up those few extra points needed. It was not their fault that we were relying so much on kids such as Wolfenden, Downes, Dozzell and McGuinness to get us out of this league. I feel they have been unfairly burned by Cook, as have the rest of the players by finding themselves out of work. Had we properly invested in a couple more players we'd have gone up. That is again on Evans, not Cook.
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Trying to rubbish me personally.
at 16:33 13 May 2021

Just because you disagree with me is wrong. I am not another poster. I just have a different view. Disagree all you like but do not make up lies. That has really ruined my day. I thought we were a family club :(
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I think we'll be relegated to League Two
at 16:18 13 May 2021

Too much radical change for me in such a short space of time. Cook massively under delivered with one of the best squads in the league last season, it needed some improvement but he's taken a sledgehammer to it and I think it will end in disaster. I know I am the only one who thinks that so far, but I am utterly convinced thats what will happen.
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From Best Squad in the League to Released/On Sale
at 13:17 13 May 2021

We were told this was all Lambert's fault and Cook would get a tune out of the squad and get us promoted. Under Cook morale took a nosedive and football wise we started playing the worse we have done in years. Cook throws the players under the bus and immediately sacks Judge, then Ward, and then Chambers, Skuse, Sears, Wilson and so on days after the seasons end. Cook has hired his mates for the backroom, one of which is a misogynist and a money grabbing failure as a player and we're now expected to believe this is all the players fault? We are heading for a Hurstian disaster and the new owners have let the club down for allowing this utter decimation of what was one of the best squads in this league.
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Summer Spending and Financial Fair Play/SCMP Rules?
at 14:25 23 Apr 2021

SCMP regulation limits the percentage of a clubs turnover allowed to be spent on wages. In League One this limit is 60 per cent, while in League Two it is 55 per cent. Ipswich Town will be asked to provide a forecast of turnover for the upcoming season, this includes information about where the club expects to be at the halfway stage of the campaign. The figures must be submitted with firm evidence from the previous season. Any major changes in income or expenditure would have to be explained these include: match-day income (season tickets, gate receipts, programmes, catering), commercial income (sponsorship), TV and radio rights plus 'merit' payments based on league position.

In terms of what the owners can spend there is no limit on transfer fees in League One which begs the question why Marcus Evans was so shy to invest on spending fees without the same FFP restriction as The Championship had. League One turnover figure include donations from the owners of the club as long as there is no expected repayment to the donor. This means clubs can't rely on large cash loans for their income. Injections of equity also count as turnover. Therefore a wealthy owner can fund the club in ways that are not permitted in other divisions. Evans chose to do the bare minimum he had to to keep the club afloat.

If an owner wanted to give his manager a few millions to spend on players, they could. As long as the wage bill equates to less than 60 per cent of turnover, they can flex their financial muscle to secure promotion.

- https://www.efl.com/-more/governance/efl-rules--regulations/appendix-5---financi
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Why is it an insult to be obsessed with Ipswich Town?
at 16:48 22 Apr 2021

I understand I am very unpopular here but after just being attacked for my obsession for Ipswich Town I feel terrible. I have to admit I do live my life around my football team, when the team fails or when things aren't going well I feel every moment of it and I came here to try and express that. I don't need to be made to feel like I have no life by fellow supporters. I know it. I don't need reminding. This lock-down has been hell.
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Should Paul Cook Leave at the End of the Season?
at 15:44 22 Apr 2021

Should Paul Cook Leave at the End of the Season?


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Paul Cook is looking like the next Paul Lambert
at 15:39 22 Apr 2021

Cook has come in with arguably a better position in this league than Lambert had taken over from Hurst, although Lambert had a lot more time to fix it, and much like Lambert, Cook has done appallingly as Ipswich manager. He's utterly destroyed the morale and performance of what many said was one of, if not the best, squads in the league. The football has taken a huge backward step, the players are biting at each other when mistakes are made, Cook is screaming from the sidelines like a pub manager and nothing is working. He's been terrible with his selections, tactics and due to the teams failure to win games under him he's coined himself the demolition man because he's going to rip the squad up in the summer. That should inspire the players. I have not liked the way we have played since Cook arrived and took some stick for it. He has been terrible. I am still unhappy about Cook and I feel he's performed well below what we should accept as a manager here. The team has regressed to its worse ever state in my opinion and not even Lambert or Gill had them performing so poorly or utterly demoralized as Cook has in such a short space of time. Some have compared him to Hurst, but given that the supporters are largely failing to accept just how badly he has done like they did with Lambert, he like Lambert is being given freedom to continue to fail and I dread what is coming next.

I am also worried about Ashton given his bad reputation everywhere he has been. I think the Cook/Ashton mix could potentially be a disaster for us. As for ripping up the squad I though that under FFP transfers fees were limited by the clubs overall income, not by what money the owners could in theory spend unless Evans has misled us on that? If so how can we afford to replace 15-20 players when we can't shell out on fees. Are there that many good players on free transfers coming up that we can realistically bring in or will it be more of the same? I had such high hopes for the new owners but hanging on to Cook and letting him do a Lambert and hang on despite all the evidence suggesting he's not performing will be a fair indication of how they are going to run the club and that it will just be Evans again but with a happier face.

I have been trying not to post over the last few weeks. I have been trying to remain positive but the current situation has sucked the life out of me and although you may hate me for it, I do not think Paul Cook is the right man to take us up, especially now his best coach cannot join us.
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Mark Ashton to be appointed CEO at Ipswich Town
at 16:28 9 Apr 2021

This has been widely rumored since the start and so far all the rumours have been correct. What worry's me is that the view from Bristol City fans is that he's pretty terrible and not up to the job of being CEO. O'Leary talked about an appointment process but has anything actually been advertised? The Bristol press seems sure he is as good as appointed here. Bristol City fans seem overjoyed he's gone and he will ruin us.
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Overjoyed! Gamechanger = Lifesaver!
at 10:58 8 Apr 2021

Our new owner and Chairman both seem like good people. Hopefully now we'll get the leadership we deserve to get us back in the Championship and playing football at a standard we should be. The Rochdale game was a new low for Ipswich and were were dire and the players were not interested. Now we have hope again!
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Break.
at 16:44 30 Mar 2021

Going to do as some have suggested and try and take a break and put things in perspective. I am sorry to those I upset today.
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My favourite Ipswich 11 from recent years
at 12:12 26 Mar 2021

As it's been pointed out via PM that some may have misunderstood me on here I thought I'd do something a bit more fun and lighthearted and put a Ipswich 11 from recent years which I rated and would have liked to have seen.

GK - Bart

FB - Cresswell
CB - Mings
CB - Berra
CB - Chambers
FB - Edwards

MF - Fraser
CM - Maitland-Niles
MF - Lawrence

CF - Murphy
FW - Didz

What Ipswich 11 from more recent time would you pick?
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Will it still be Lamberts fault in 2 years time?
at 11:36 25 Mar 2021

So let me get this straight. Lambert was a bad manager but we agree the players are good enough to get promoted. So why can't Cook get anything out of them? In 2 years time if things have not improved will that be Lambert's or Cooks fault?
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Next seasons shirt sponsors? No More Magical Vegas
at 12:42 11 Mar 2021

Magical Vegas won't be renewing their Sponsorship for next season so any ideas who's going to be on the new range of Town kits, which I assume were selected in January time? Will the takeover be stalling any sort of Sponsorship deal? I'd like Pioneer or Greene King if we are allowed to have dreams! But who would realistically be interested in us as a League One outfit? I know Greene King did sponsor Cambridge in recent years and has sponsored some bits at Norwich so they wouldn't be a totally unrealistic choice.
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Steve Evans seems to think Paul Cook will take us up
at 13:19 5 Mar 2021

[He has gone to a giant and one thing that giant will be is in the Championship under Cooky. I never thought it would happen under where they have been in the last year or so. Paul Cook changes it for Ipswich Town.]

Almost dead cert.
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Brett M Johnson Takeover - Completed!
at 13:22 4 Mar 2021

Now with the training ground land nearing purchase - any idea when the formal Brett M Johnson takeover could be announced? The papers said this week but we're already at Thursday? Some said they were in Preston last week to formalize it with the EFL? Could it be next week? We hear it's imminent but the detail is thin from the media. Evans said he wouldn't make any statement until something more formal was there, but I'd say the stuff with the training ground is pretty formal!

EDIT - COMPLETED!
[Post edited 8 Apr 10:53]
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Brett Johnsons Red, White and Blue army!
at 16:30 26 Feb 2021

We're now foreign owned. Are we the only foreign owned club outside of the Championship/Premier League?
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