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McKenna: We've Managed to Contain Any Sort of Covid Spread
at 15:48:44

Credit to McKenna for a crystal clear update on illness and injuries, without going overboard with detail. That's what we fans want and I believe, deserve from any individual appointed as manager of our Club.

I never liked or fully understood the brick wall Cook built about talking about individual players' fitness updates. Yes I agree, we don't want to offer up our opposition too much information but his near blanket approach to discussing anything of this nature was very un-Ipswich in my opinion and made fans feel a little bit like outsiders at our own club.

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Town Confirm McKenna Appointment
at 07:11:08

Very pleased with this news. Best of luck Kieran
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Cook: I Don’t See How Cup Runs Become Perilous to League Form
at 13:39:22

Very sensible comments from Cook on the cups. I agree with every word.
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Cook: Our Fans Were With Us When We Most Needed Them
at 14:22:48

In all my fifty years of supporting Town I have never heard a manager go on about supporters nearly as much as Cook has. And that is a fantastic thing to hear and it seems to me, we are responding, sending our love back to the team and Cook (mostly) big time.

The connection he talks about, between the players and supporters is not a soundbite, it is real, tangible, and unlike anything I have seen for many years. Long may all this continue and build still further!

I may be getting carried away a little, but I don't think so. I believe we are staring to see something very special, slowly unfold at our beloved Club, after 20 years of sad decline.
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Cook: Johnson is So Passionate, So Enthusiastic About the Club
at 14:37:41

Some sensible comments from Cook and I agree with his sentiments overall. I do think he seems now to recognise more fully, that we, the fans, together with the media in all it's forms, do debate the matches and outcomes at length and have every right to do so.

I didn't much like his comments and open criticism of a week ago, about the fact that matches are over analysed and dissected by supporters and the media. Although factually true, we surely have the right to do so (without going OTT like some), as it only shows the passions of the ordinary supporter, whether we attend matches or not. I think with these latest comments from Cook shows he is now back on track.
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Johnson: I'm So Blown Away By Everything
at 07:22:03

What a fantastic read.

I could go on at length and rave about so much of what he has said, but I think Bluebert has simply summed it up perfectly in his first sentence: "We have hit the jackpot with these guys..." What more can I say!!

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Cook: I Don't Have Yes-Men Around Me
at 16:23:14

ButchersBrokenNose - You have nailed my throughts exactly. I have made those exact same points to supporters recently.
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U18s Top After Win at Peterborough
at 16:11:53

This is the first year the Club have failed to list the new intake of first year academy scholars - or have I missed something? I don't even know how many we have signed up this year?
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Pigott: We're Ready For the Challenge
at 07:38:02

PortmanTerrorist - Those are my exact thoughts too. It is the lack of hope, more than anything else, that has taken me to an all time low as a lifelong Town supporter.

I do think that a revolution has happened at Town over the summer though and we have two days left to start the revolution on the pitch. My hope is now off the scale but my expectation levels do remain realistic as we are in for one hell of a battle this season with all teams looking to raise their game against us. COYB
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Town Target Rangers Defender Edmundson
at 16:11:26

I don't think there has been any reported link this summer, where Sunderland have not also be mentioned as possible suiters!

From what I've read in the above news story he looks just the manto strenthen us at the back. I do think we could do with two centre backs though, with one being an experienced older (but not too old) head.
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Cobbold Stand Mural Complete
at 16:10:08

A fantastic first step in the long overdue transformation of Portman Road. Well done to all involved. It really is a brilliant piece of work.
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Cook, Ashton and O'Leary to Attend PLC EGM
at 07:17:24

It's ironic to think that Marcus Evans still owns a greater percentage of shares in the club than any other individual. As I understand it, the "Three lions" collectively own 5% of Gamechanger, so ME's shareholding is greater than theirs is individually. And surely no individual in the 3500 supporters who hold 12.5% of PLC shares owns more Evans's 5%. The remaining 90% of shares of Gamechanger is held by a "corporate" body, so Evans has the greatest percentage of shares as an individual I believe.

However all this is totally irrelevant as he no longer has any executive power or involvement in running the club, but is still a rather weird situation.

As a final thought, when the takeover was announced I actually took comfort from ME's retained 5% shareholding as it showed he had confidence in the new management set up. If he felt the new owners were anything else than potentially excellent owners, surely he would have cut and run totally, rather than wantingto keep a significant link and investment into our future.
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Co-Owner Johnson Cautiously Optimistic
at 10:39:42

RegencyBlue - You sum it up in ten simple words perfectly. If we cut through all the positive changes that are happening both on and off the field, we get to the bottom line - "hope when there was none before". How good does that feel?
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Town Launch Away Kit
at 16:17:12

For me, I like our shirts (home or away) to be as plain and lacking in overt styling and frippery as possible. Anything that harps back to the 1970's plain style of shirt is good with me, especially as so much else seems to adorn the shirts of teams in today's game. Personally I really like this shirt, especially the plain shoulders.

Furthermore, I think the Ed Sheeran logo seems to go very well with both our shirts. Well done Town I say.
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Blues Legend Mariner Dies
at 16:11:42

I am so saddened to hear this news. He is, and will surely remain, my all time favourite Town player. Rest in peace you special man.
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Cook: Recruitment Drive Not Over and Door Ajar For Out-of-Favour Players
at 07:11:18

KernewekBlue - An excellent summation of our current position. I agree 100%.
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Town Confirm Costin Appointment as Fitness Coach Ashton Joins and Bowman Departs
at 16:33:57

A few more pieces in the staffing jigsaw. Welcome both.

We are now well on the way to building a formally structured and wide ranging, professional coaching and player support network - just like other similar sized clubs have no doubt had for years but we have not, all of which has contributed massively to our demise.

With a new highly experienced executive management team shortly to be insitu and and ultra progressive and seemingly well funded ownership structure sitting above them, demanding the highest standards and aiming ultimately for a return to the prem, all is looking very good in my book.

This is literally a million miles away from where we were only a few months back.
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Detmer: O'Leary and Ashton Key to Executing Our Vision For Town
at 16:51:58

This all sounds a million miles away from our previous ownership set up under Evans and the ragtag cutprice management structure that he had in place to support the club and the squads from first team downwards.

Our club was effectively being run on a pared down shoestring as far as I could tell with very few "executive" officers of any description in formal posts and Lee O'Neil (for whom I have much sympathy), being the chief factotum, which cleared would have stretched the most experienced person to the limit and beyond.

With every new appointment now being made - often to what appears to be a brand new role/post for ITFC - brings us once step closer to having a professional set up - just like the vast majority of our competitors have.

The Three Lions recognises this only too well and I think we fans can take an immense amout of comfort that our club appears now to be in very good hands and that success, the like of which we haven't seen for a two decades, may well be coming our way!!
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Cook: Fans Will Be Allowed to Come and Watch Training
at 15:09:18

Well done Paul Cook for making this change and advertising it through the media.

It may be a small change in the whole scheme of things, but it is another example of what is needed to re-connect the Club with it's fans.

After all, isn't the lack of connection and the ever increasing distancing of the Club with fans, one of this principal concerns we have been voicing for many years now.

Positive collective change, which needs to happen so deperately, will come in various ways both large and small and this is another small positive step I feel.
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Vincent-Young May Need Surgery But Will Be Back For Pre-Season
at 14:26:45

Marcus, I think you need to roll back another 14 years from Robocop and see what 6 million dollars, well spent, did for a certain Steve Austin in 1973. You need to be of a certain age...
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