I hope we change our transfer window strategy accordingly. No expensive loans thank you. If we can end some of the current ones that wouldn't hurt. We've got two windows to construct a cohesive unit to challenge next year. I hope that MM and PL are pragmatic enough to see that.
Last night I had a dream in which I met my future self. I told me that Ipswich will sign an old striker from a team in red in January, and that he will score on his debut. I told me that I thought the player might be from Sunderland. I told me to stick £100 on it.
No current players from Sunderland fit the bill. But what about ex players, who also now play for a team in red?
Anyway, long story short, we’re signing Murphy on loan in January, he’s going to score on his debut, stick the mortgage on it.
"But we certainly want to try and not - at the very worst - let that gap get any bigger and hopefully reduce it."
This language really concerns me. Hoping that the gap doesn't open up further, is that the limit of our current aspirations? Sounds like death throes to me...
...For the record, I was quite pleased with his appointment, and quite a bit of the summer business at the time, although there was always the worry that it was too much change too soon.
But, I was quite concerned in his performance in press conferences (I know, I know). He just doesn't seem that bright. If you compare to Mick, he's a sharp character, clearly a smart guy. I'm just a little concerned that Paul doesn't seem to have the mental agility to turn this kind of situation around.
It was brought into sharper focus for me after watching the Sir Bob documentary at the weekend. He was very sharp. You need to have plenty between the ears to be a sustainably successful manager at this level and higher. The more I hear Hurst talk, I'm just not sure he's got enough.
I still say we should see if he can do something by Christmas. These are his players, and another complete rebuild in January under a new manager will see us relegated for sure.
Really interesting piece. When you think about it, why wouldn't you have a coach for a setpiece that occurs 40-50 times in a game? We have certainly had some players in the past who would've benefitted from this *coughdiallocough*. Probably a luxury that we can't afford in the foreseeable future, but I don't see why this won't become more commonplace.
It is not clear to me whether or not my iFollow subscription entitles me to watch the game or not. The article on the ITFC website sheds no light on this, and I'm trying to figure out if this will cost me £10 over my existing subscription. Your help in this endeavour is much appreciated, if you can offer any further informed insight.
These signings all seem on the surface like exciting prospects. But one concern I still have is where are the set piece deliveries going to come from? Waghorn had real quality in this department. Are any of the new lads specialists? How is Nolan on this front, anyone know?
The two Shrews, Jackson, Tilt and a set piece specialist would have me writhing around on the floor drooling...
I love David McGoldrick. By far our most talented and entertaining player over recent years, but surely nobody who knows anything about him could say this of him? His agent has done a good job there...
I haven't posted about this for months, as there seemed little point, but the manner and pace with which this whole debacle is descending is, I think, worth commenting on.
Firstly, the legality of the campaign.
BREAKING: The Electoral Commission has today published the conclusions of its investigation into the campaign spending of Vote Leave and a number of other campaigners, and has found Vote Leave and Darren Grimes broke electoral law.
Jeremy is nowhere to be seen, and in many peoples' eyes, he is complicit with this situation we find ourselves in. Where IS he?
This whole thing is a shambles from top to bottom, it is not democracy in action, it is a country slowly but increasingly quickly committing financial and moral suicide, largely for the benefit of a small number of people with a large amount of wealth, most of whom are swiftly moving that wealth offshore.
Please can someone sensible reassure me that this is all a great idea, and we're going to be doing great, and we haven't at all sh*t all over our children's futures?
Stupidly agreed to a conference in Taipei that flies out on 3rd July, and which would coincide with the first knockout round for the runners up in our group. That might actually make the group games a little more interesting for me!
What are my chances? Personally I think I'm f***ed. I need Belgium to implode.
Was going to add this to the other thread but thought it might be useful for more students to see this.
Best of luck with your exams! Some top exam tips.
Study smart. You don't need to study 15 hours a day to succeed. There is only so much useful revision you can do in a day. During those hours, focus hard and remove distractions (phones, laptops etc). But outside of those hours make sure to relax, take exercise, eat well. And sleep. Sleep is probably THE most important thing, alongside revision. So avoid caffeine after 3pm, get a little exercise, avoid screens last thing at night.
As an admissions tutor at a university, here are my top tips.
1. If you just miss out on a grade, and that grade is the difference between getting onto your chosen course and not, send it off to be remarked AS SOON AS POSSIBLE. If your school is not willing to pay for it, and you can afford to, I strongly suggest that you do this.
2. If your grades are much better than expected, and you feel you could've got onto a better course if you had only applied, GIVE THEM A RING! They will more than likely be happy to take you on (unless we are talking Oxford or Cambridge, obviously, although even they might encourage you to reapply next year in exceptional cases).
3. If you don't get onto your first choice course, it is not the end of the world! I didn't get into my first choice, and I'm now teaching in a university. In all likelihood, no matter where you end up, if you apply yourself and work hard and have chosen the right course, you will be successful and have a great time.
4. This feels like the most important thing you've ever done, and to be honest it probably is at the moment. But next year it won't be any more. So relax and just do your best.
If anybody is suffering from exam stress or anxiety, please PM, I'm more than happy to talk it through!