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New Nick Ames article in Guardian
at 22:23 22 May 2024

An excellent well balanced article. Sums it up nicely.
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Chelsea
at 20:46 22 May 2024

I think Chelsea fans have surpassed Spurs in their entitled, whinging, awfulness.

There’s just something simply odious about supporters of the bigger London clubs - Arsenal, Spurs, Chelsea, Ghastly West Ham.
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McKenna
at 19:32 22 May 2024

I wouldn’t worry about infrastructure like the Training Ground. I’m sure McKenna has had an input. But a heck of a lot of people will have been involved in that from a lot of places, including I hope expertise from top sporting facilities in the US. Ashton oversaw the building of the state of the art Bristol City one too.

Anything KM might have added can easily be sourced elsewhere.
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BBC saying McKenna and Pert want to move on
at 18:34 22 May 2024

McKenna’s agent is just that. He works for KM. anything and everything he says and does is on behalf of Kieran - so the accountability lies with KM. end of.

The clock is ticking. McKenna wants to be here or he doesn’t. One short phone call to his agent and the speculation ends.

Yes, I get it’s his career. But the football club is far more important than that. To give next season a real go, it needs 100% commitment from everybody, just as it had last season. No I’ll sign a contract but if… Anyone not buying into that, whoever they are, needs to go.

It’s easy to forget that Gamechanger and Ashton were in place and shovelling well before McKenna and his people arrived. They built the club, McKenna built the team. A great partnership. That what KM wanted aligned with the owners and Ashton was brilliant.

I desperately hope he stays and is committed as he’s appeared to date. I hope this speculation is all nonsense. If it isn’t, I hope he moves on this week. No waiting on United next week. That’s disrespectful to Ipswich Town.
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Sardines
at 17:43 22 May 2024

Not been. Looks and sounds really lovely.
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BBC saying McKenna and Pert want to move on
at 17:22 22 May 2024

Me too. I’d stop it dead. The agent works for McKenna, not the other way around.
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Has a manager ever left after PL promotion?
at 16:52 22 May 2024

Chelsea. There entitled fans prefer McKenna and expect a top four finish next year. Bodes well.
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One thing this KM contract shows
at 16:48 22 May 2024

The transfer window isn’t far away. This speculation will harm Ipswich Town, if it hasn’t already, and needs to end. The football club and its progress is all that matters to me. If McKenna, who when alls said and done is an employee, doesn’t want to stay, fine. Just go and clear your desk quickly.

The structure and staffing at ITFC are in place. I’ve no doubt McKenna will pillage what he can if he goes, but the structure means that the staff who go can be replaced.

Recruitment is done by a recruitment team. McKenna and co identify what they need and he has final say. I’d expect that process to stay in place. But as you rightly point out, SB, that cannot happen without a manager in place. It needs to be resolved by the end of the week.
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Is this new contract excellent PR Damage limitation from Mark Ashton?
at 16:21 22 May 2024

Ashton and the club haven’t announced anything yet.

There is no PR damage to limit. There is just out of hand media speculation. I understand why and how, but also that most of it is drivel.

If McKenna and his merry men should decide to toddle off to Brighton, Chelsea or Torpedo Moscow that’ll be their choice. If they do, it’ll be damage to their reputations they’ll need to limit, not ITFC’s, especially if it doesn’t work out.
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Quadruple pay.....
at 15:53 22 May 2024

To lighten the mood this is the way to do negotiations

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Sardines
at 14:38 22 May 2024

My pleasure. That lunch sounds about as good as it gets, though I think it would have been a nice white wine for me.
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Announcement incoming?
at 14:25 22 May 2024

Even I know what we need - the current useless, immoral scum shovelled out of the door as quickly as possible. Let’s hope the door Waka waka’s their rear ends on the way out.
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IPSWICH have offered Kieran McKenna a blockbuster new contract
at 14:23 22 May 2024

It’s a Sun article so about as reliable as a Donald Trump testimony.

However, assuming ITFC are offering KM top money to stay, it’s over to him. All that matters to me is that whoever is manager of us is 100% committed to it. If KM has eyes elsewhere for next season, shake hands, say goodbye ASAP and move on. If we faff about with this for too long, any chance we have next season could be wrecked before it starts.
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Morsy - One of the all time best
at 14:10 22 May 2024

Agreed. They were different class. Muhren, Thijssen, Wark. I’d include even Noddy Talbot, Colin Viljoen. Top players.

Next level - Holland, Magilton, for the ancients Diesel Peter Morris. If Sam Morsy dies well next year, he’ll fall in that bracket for me.

Now captains, as discussed in another thread, he’s well up there. It’s difficult to express how well he has driven the team in the last couple of seasons.
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Announcement coming soon
at 13:37 22 May 2024

This person has but not a lot. I had a quick look at what he posted on 5 Feb 23 about McKenna when it was suggested Gamechanger had erred by appointing a rookie manager.

‘I actually agree with this, are we a club to trial a rookie manager? because it certainly seems that way. Poor substitutions for the wrong players in a desperate act of getting something out of a game we should have breezed past. Season is falling away like so many seasons gone by and less we change our approach league one for a 5th season is happening’

[Post edited 22 May 15:38]
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Announcement coming soon
at 13:29 22 May 2024

I asked my cat if McKenna was scuttling off to Brighton just now. Cuthbert nodded, so it must be true. Actually he was washing his rear end but he has just as much idea as we have. Oh, apart from your daughter in the ticket office who clearly is privy to everything.

Yawn.
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Mckenna comp fee 'is big, bigger than any figure that's been put out there' ...
at 13:19 22 May 2024

Hardly. £6m is loose change to PL clubs. As is £10m. It’s nothing to them. Look at Chelsea. Allegedly nudging FFP limits yet going through managers like a dose of dysentery and the compo for that cadre can’t be cheap. Anyway, they’ve all just raked in an unexpected £5m from unused parachute payments.

It’s purely down to McKenna. Does he want to continue what’s been started here or move on? Nobody knows what he wants in the short to medium term and nobody will until the merry go round stops. The only person who might is Ashton and even that will depend on their relationship.

Hopefully he’s fully committed here and stays. I think it likely.
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Sardines
at 12:26 22 May 2024

Nothing better. BBQ’d fresh sardines are eye rolling good too! All forms are. A favourite breakfast in that part of the world is a simple salad with a couple of sardines. It just works!
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Sardines
at 12:18 22 May 2024

At the moment: Shropshire Blue
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Sardines
at 12:08 22 May 2024

One of the world’s great foods.

https://www.zingermansdeli.com/2023/02/sardine-history/

On Monday the two day old white cob loaf remains needed some action or binning.

Took a tin of boneless sardines (plain ones). Loosely mashed them up with black pepper, plenty of lemon juice and fresh chopped parsley. You can buy them ready lemoned, but why bother when you can add your own anyway?

Sliced the loaf remains, toasted it. Applied a little butter then the mashed sardines and bunged the creation under the halogen oven grill (any grill will do) for a minute or two.

Result - a fish form of bruschetta that was a poem of a lunch. Like being in the market square in Valletta lunching with a cold beer watching the world go by.

Try it, you’ll thank me.
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