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|Yet more phrases I cannot stand|
at 10:01 7 Jun 2018
People referring to someone as 'this one'
People who 'reach out' to you
People who are 'leveraging .....'
People who are 'squaring the circle'
|Is it the perfect timing....|
at 13:00 4 May 2018
.....to announce FA Cup winning George Burley as Manager again of ITFC 40 years to the day of that glorious victory?
A B S O L U T E S C E N E S
|This Five Point Plan|
at 13:22 25 Apr 2018
I was, and if honest, still a bit dismissive about the credibility of the 5-Point Plan.
Yes, it does have 5 points, but are these points the basis of a plan?
1 – ‘To provide a significant ongoing financial commitment to the club’s academy, enabling a steady flow of players into the first-team’
2 – ‘To provide a sustainable and competitive squad salary budget’
3 – ‘To make annual investment funds available to purchase players in the early stages of their career and to assist in their development’
4 – ‘Maintaining a stable management and coaching team’
5 – ‘To develop a team to play attractive and exciting football’
Ideally a plan would have numbers/targets to monitor and compare against, there appear to be no numbers, criteria or indicators in there. Arguably, all of the above points have been achieved with the possible exception of 5, which is difficult to define unless you use a benchmark such as the attendance.
Surely the 5 points are the absolute minimum any professional football team would expect to want to achieve?
It could be I am looking a bit too deeply at this or perhaps the word 'plan' is a bit of a Red Herring, maybe it should be more of a mission statement (i know, ffs, it hurt typing that) or more like the 5 Principles of ITFC, something like that.
ME has stated the goal is still to get promotion to the PL, which I would fully expect him to say. He also identifies that football has changed dramatically during his ownership. However, that 5 Point Plan could have been written 20, 30 or 40 years ago.
I would like to think the strategy behind the plan is ingrained throughout the club, and forms the basis of decision making. Not convinced though.
Having said all this, it was at least comforting to hear from him. It is good that he doesn't interfere with the football side of the club, in fact that's very good. However, I personally don't think one video interview in all that time is enough interaction. Sure, there is the matchday programme article and the odd pre-signed letter that goes out, but I think the support of the fans and the general feeling around the club would have been better if he had been more visible and vocal, particularly in the more recent couple of years.
Although it would be easy to pick holes in almost every response in the interview, it has motivated me enough to think lets once again wipe the slate, enjoy the football as best we can, get firmly behind the WHOLE club again and play our part as fans to make that little extra difference in this very difficult league.
I'm Ipswich 'til I die.......... COYB's
at 19:39 21 Apr 2018
Seemingly not good enough for us, but could be playing in the premiership next season?
|I can confirm I am in early stage talks |
at 18:36 6 Apr 2018
To become Ipswich Town manager.
I have emailed the address on the website asking for an application form. Fairly early stages.
at 11:37 3 Apr 2018
What was on the banner in the Cobbold stand?
|Football has moved on, ITFC hasn’t. |
at 08:45 14 Mar 2018
Love it it hate it, but football has moved on.
The Premiership is beyond the reach of the majority of clubs and has become black hole for talented players and money. An economy like no other where one players wages could run an entire lower league.
The Championship is now where the Premiership was 5 years ago. 8 figure sum players, a growing audience for tv rights and a tough league to do well in.
ITFC are really now set up, funded and run more in the way a League 1 Club, so we shouldn’t really be surprised at the position we find ourselves in. Because of our lengthy experience in the league and the dogged and disruptive style of play, we are able to hold our own - at the moment.
I fully understand the fans anger, I hate hearing us boo, jeer and belittle our team. We are stuck in a vicious circle and something needs to give. Either we conform to the conditions or wither. Change to cope with change. If we continue to do the same we have always done then we should expect any better than what we have now.
The fans have very limited options and influence in all this with the exception of the time between kick off and finish whistle.
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