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Aluko Back With Blues Ahead of Crewe Clash
at 14:03:57

Kickingblock: well said. You're the only person on here who has thought of Sone and what he's going through. I agree with you that it's probably good for him to be back around his mates.
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Sunderland 2-0 Ipswich Town - Match Report
at 17:15:53

Unbelievable. Words literally fail me. I don't understand how we have lost this game. I thought we were going to leave with a point, and I was going to be disappointed that we didn't win, but a draw at Sunderland wouldn't be the end of the world. To head home empty-ended is a gut punch.

We are playing better than we did last season; hell, we're playing better than we were a month or two ago. We're dominating games and we look solid at the back, but ironically now we can't find the back of the net. Things are coming together and I give Mr. Cook credit for that, but until he can sort it out at both ends of the pitch, we're going to struggle to make the play-offs.
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EFL Confirms Schedule For 2022/23 Qatar World Cup Season
at 19:25:02

So, what I'm getting from this is that we won't be affected.
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Ipswich Town 0-0 Oxford United - Match Report
at 17:24:11

This was a really good game, and we are starting to look good on a consistent basis. We are definitely moving in the right direction. Oxford are at the top end of the table and we matched them today. A draw was a fair result, but we probably edged it and are the more disappointed of the two teams to not take all three points.

The problem we are facing now is that we have to make up the ground we lost during our bad start to the season if we want to make the play-offs. Points lost to teams like Morcambe now have to made up against teams like Oxford, and that's going to be hard.
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Town Aim to Pack Out Portman Road Over Christmas
at 19:55:35

I agree with everyone else here: this is a great idea. More importantly to me, however, is that this shows that the back-of-house operation at PR is in a different place than it was last year. Mr. Ashton clearly has a vision for how he wants the club to operate as a business, and he is pushing that vision with his staff. For the first time in years, I'm very optimistic about the future.
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Gamechanger Director Schwartz at Fans' Forum
at 22:02:18

Bluelodgeblue: I live in the US and I've already seen three games. There are no travel restrictions, only guidelines for getting your shots and tests. Try to keep up.
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Gamechanger Director Schwartz at Fans' Forum
at 14:26:40

I think it's great that Mr. Schwartz is coming over, but it concerns me that it's more than six months since Gamechanger bought the club and we've had one flying visit from Mr. Johnson and now this. They talk a good game about being committed to Town and the community, etc. but they need to start walking the walk. Physical presence matters, and they are physically present in the U.S.. I get the impression that Mr. Ashton is driving this event and has told the three lions that one of them needs to be at it.

I'm not complaining, and I'm definitely happy with the direction in which our club is moving; I'm just offering the observation that our new owners are not the beneficent rich uncles some of us think they are.
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Johnson: Thank You For One of the Most Memorable Experiences of My Life
at 21:17:41

It's great to see Brett finally make the trip over, and clearly he genuinely enjoyed it. I'm so happy to see us have owners who care about the club as passionately as we do.

It would be great to see all Three Lions at a game sometime soon. I live in the US and I've already been over for three games (and I didn't get to fly Business!). There were no restrictions due to COVID; you just add to show the UK govt. that you had your shots and had tested negative, so I don't see what the hold-up was. When I fly home, I try to stay more than 24 hours as well...
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Walton: Win at Pompey Sends Out Statement to Other Teams
at 17:09:10

Karlosfandangel - you make a good point, and one I've heard many times as we've experimented with mediocre managers over the last 20 years. The big difference is: football is a very different game today than it was when Sir Bobby came to PR. The Cobbolds could afford to give him a few years to figure things out because there was no danger of the club losing TV rights or big name players transferring to wealthier teams if we weren't at the top of the table. Gamechanger doesn't have that luxury. They had to invest millions to take over Town, and they're going to want (and are entitled to) a return on their investment. If they get their appointments wrong and we aren't promoted and end up stuck in the third division, they could off-load a bad investment. If that happens, it's a very real chance we could slide down out of the league and into administration. The Cobbolds never had to worry about that. So, please, compare apples to apples when discussing how much time Mr. Cook should get to show he can deliver on his promises.
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Cook: I Don't Think Anybody Can Be Promoted in October
at 16:05:27

Another example of Mr. Cook getting defensive when asked a hard but fair question about his performance. I think he is in the wrong line of work.
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Cook: I Don't Have Yes-Men Around Me
at 15:50:28

I think the question about the coaching team he selected and supervises was fair and relevant, but clearly it bothered Mr. Cook. As Monkey Blue correctly stated, he gets paid a lot of money to direct the team and to be the public face of it. He knew that going in. The reason he makes so much money is because we fans want to watch games and read about our teams; the media is just a conduit for that interest. So, when managers and players blame the media, really they're saying, "I don't want to tell my supporters what's going on at our club." The alternative to journalists asking difficult questions would be relying on the club's PR team for information, i.e. at-best vanilla press releases which may or may not have any relation to reality. No, thanks.
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Cambridge United 2-2 Ipswich Town - Match Report
at 17:09:46

The first half was some of the best football we have played all season. But, once they got their goal, you knew it was going to be a nervy second half. Until we learn some resilience and discipline, we won't get anywhere above mid-table this season and deservedly so.

Another two points thrown away. Very poor.
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Former Owner Evans Linked With Move For Derby
at 12:00:26

HaHaHaHaHaHa!

You couldn't make this sh!t up!
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Cook: A Lot of Them Did Themselves the World of Good Tonight
at 12:18:48

Paul Cook: "I don’t know our best team."

Are you kidding me? Ten games in, with the squad you personally recruited and selected, and you don't know what your best team is?

Unbelievable.
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Cook: Changes But Team Will Be Very Competitive
at 17:46:57

As bad a start to the season as he has made, I would think Mr. Cook needs to start getting wins under his belt more than he needs to rest players. Yes, this is a meaningless competition and a distraction from promotion, but we need confidence right now, and that comes from winning games. I know there's a risk of a player picking up an injury, but better to replace that player if and when it happens than break up a team that we keep hearing needs to gel. I think the manager needs to recognize how bad things are and do something about it.
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Cook: An Absolutely Shocking Performance
at 22:27:29

Taxi for Mr. Cook...
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Detmer: This Train Has Left the Station
at 16:36:06

I live in the U.S. and I've been over for a couple of games and will be returning in October, so I don't understand why it's so hard for them to come meet their new employees. That's business management 101.

The fact is the so-called Three Lions have interests in several clubs in different countries in Europe and North America. Town is just one subsidiary. That probably has something to do with how much time they can devote to us. I like what they're saying about community, etc., but If we don't start challenging for promotion to the Premier League (yes, the EPL) in the next few years, they will off-load us as an under-performing asset and won't think twice about the effect our freefall will have on the community.
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Penney: We Should Be Able to Beat Anybody in This League
at 16:18:11

I like Penney. He's played well when I've sen him and he comes across here as an intelligent young man and a focused professional. I'm glad he said what he did here, but he had to really, didn't he?

I hope the players aren't feeling the pressure, because that will affect their performances on the pitch, but the fact is if we aren't in the top half of the table by Christmas the owners will make major changes. Remember, when Gamechanger came in , they said promotion was the goal this season. They won't tolerate anything less than the play-offs. Cook is becoming increasingly adversarial with the press, and that I believe is because he has either been told or he has figured out that he is running out of time. Someone else on here said that he was chosen for this position by the new owners; that's not true. Evans hired him after spending several months looking for a replacement for Lambert. The story was that Evans ran it by Gamechanger as part of the takeover and they approved of the appointment. But that doesn't make Cook their man, and they will be casting a critical eye over his performance right now. His bull in a china shop opening act at the end of last season has only made a rod for his own back.

The fact is every game is a must-win now, and while we should get three points tonight, I wouldn't be surprised if we get stuffed.

FML.
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Former Skipper Leadbitter Retires
at 18:35:30

Cakeman - I agree. I am not in the "Cook out" crowd, but I've been concerned about his leadership ability since he arrived. For no good reason, he completely alienated the existing squad and discarded a good opportunity to make the playoffs last season. He now appears to be doing the same thing with the players he has brought here. I don't know what he is saying behind closed doors, but I can see the effect on the pitch and what I'm seeing is players who are a shadow of their former selves.

Mr. Ashton and the owners can give him time to for his squad "to gel," but if his players are performing worse than than they did at their last clubs, then they are losing value as ITFC assets. That's a whole different issue and one that I think they will regard more critically.
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Former Skipper Leadbitter Retires
at 18:28:26

I always liked Leadbitter as a player and never understood why we didn't get the best out of him. I thought at the time that if he liked playing for Keane at Sunderland, and Keane brought him here, surely he would continue to shine for him. But no. To rub salt in our wounds, I thought he played well against us last year.
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