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Why are we still so toothless up front after a January transfer window?
at 14:51 10 Feb 2019

Both Will Keane and Collin Quaner look (very) unlikely to score regularly. Our inability to scout for and/or recruit good players has to be questioned, but is it a result of budget constraints or people not doing their respective jobs very well?

FWIW, I think that Paul Lambert has the ability to put a good side together, but he needs the necessary support.
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Phil, did you or anyone else ever catch up with Paul Hurst after he left.....
at 11:13 6 Nov 2018

to try to discover what he meant when he said, "There are many things that he would change at this club"?

I think Stuart Watson tried to question him on it, but Hurst didn't feel comfortable at the time to enlighten us all with his insights. Now he has gone, he might want to get it off his chest.
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Evans puts in £6-8m a year? Err NO....
at 17:31 10 Oct 2018

he doesn't! Not since 2014 has he put in £3m+ in one season.

I read on here, and know fans, who really believe that he puts in £5m+ each and every season. That is a myth, prepetuated over the last few years by Milne and McCarthy, and the blind leading the blind.

Don't get me wrong, he injected considerable amounts into the club earlier in his tenure, and he is still funding the club each season: 2017, £2.9m; 2016, £250k; 2015, £230k; 2014, £3.8m, with the level of funding dependent on the extent of other revenues, most importantly net income from player transfers. However, the undisclosed sixth point of his 5 point plan, must read something like "put as little cash as possible into the club".

I suspect that part of the thinking behind the Hurst appointment and bringing in predominantly lower league players rather than experienced Championship players is the cost of wages etc. Our wage bill is already one of the lowest in the Championship, but it is probably even lower now. Also, from a business point of view, bringing in cheap "potential " is far more likely to return a profit on future transfers than established Championship players: think Cresswell, Mings and Webster v Leadbitter, Berra and Bullard.

I digress. Point is, don't be fooled by the statement that ME is putting in significant amounts. It really would not surprise me, if he has got the club near to break even, with the transfer dealings this Summer and the resulting lower wage bill, but that is speculation on my part.

Anyway, don't take my word for it. Take a look for yourself at ITFC's accounts, or the cashflow spreadsheet derived from them by SwissRamble:
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Evans, the new face of ITFC!
at 17:41 25 Apr 2018

Seems that his interview was generally viewed in a positive light. I wonder how many more season tickets will be renewed now. Call me cynical, but that was the objective of the exercise, wasn't it?

I personally would have preferred a bit more substance and detail. Also, I am not convinced that he is keeping to his own 5 point plan/strategy, not that it is necesarily a recipe for success, even if he did!

The 5 points:

1 – ‘To provide a significant ongoing financial commitment to the club’s academy, enabling a steady flow of players into the first-team’

Whatever the criticism, we do seem to be producing some fine prospects just lately. Hope that these youngsters can "kick on". Would describe it as more of a trickle than a flow at the moment though.

2 – ‘To provide a sustainable and competitive squad salary budget’

As the 16-18th highest wage bill in a league of 24, hardly competitive, is it?

3 – ‘To make annual investment funds available to purchase players in the early stages of their career and to assist in their development’

Recruitment has generally been good, but will we lose our chief scout (and any network he might have) when McCarthy gets another job? An anecdote from a friend who runs a successful boys/youth team in Essex: they have had scouts visit from Wham, Spurs, Southend, ColU, Millwall, and Nodge in recent years, but never a visit from an Ipswich scout.

For obvious reasons, he will not disclose the trasfer budget, but it appears to be no more than £1.5m per season, not including player sales, which would probably make it more like -£1.5m p.a. in recent seasons.

4 – ‘Maintaining a stable management and coaching team’

Clearly, this has been Evans' aim, which is why McCarthy would still be here now, if he hadn't wanted to walk himself. Evans lets a hell of a lot ride on getting the right manager though, every time! If he gets the next one wrong, we could have a very tough season indeed, as Evans does not seem to plan ahead for all eventualities.

I would rather have a stable structure under a DoF with a clear footballing philosophy. All coaches, including the 1st team coach, would be picked to fit into that structure, coaching the same style of football, leading to coach progression from within. i.e. we train our own academy coaches with the objective of moving the better ones up the ladder, to aspire to eventually become 1st team coach, when ready. That would be true, and longer term, stability.

5 – ‘To develop a team to play attractive and exciting football’
Should be a given, much like having a flat and green playing surface, painted turnstiles, and a democratically elected supporter representative at board meetings.
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Anybody know exactly how much Evans lends ITFC each year?
at 16:01 24 Apr 2018

It has often been stated that Evans funds the club to the tune of £5m-6m each season, but having looked at the accounts, it seems that he has increased his net loans to the club by £230k, £2.1m and £2.9m respectively in the last 3 financial years.

Anybody verify my understanding or am I missing something?
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McCarthy contract extension?
at 12:43 2 Mar 2018

Anyone know the deadline date for ITFC to trigger the 2 year contract extension for MM?

Despite all the bluster from MM about it being his decision whether he stays or goes, it clearly isn't. At the very least, it is a decision that ME will make after consultation with MM.

Also, if ME intends to keep MM, it seems peculiar that he has not chosen to sort this matter out already. Presumably, ME is not certain and is keeping his options open, waiting to see how we finish the season, how preliminary season ticket renewals fare, and what happens to home attendances, before making an assessment of any potential cheap replacements in the Summer.

I suspect that ME wants to keep MM, as he sees him as the safe option, accepting of a small (or non-existent) transfer budget, unlikely to get us relegated and with an outside chance of promotion.
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First goal v Villa. Not seen it mentioned yet, but as far as I could tell......
at 09:09 28 Nov 2017

Skuse was the one that played Adomah onside.

Seems that the defence, and especially Iorfa, are getting all the criticism, when that first goal was certainly more of a team failure. I am not suggesting that the defence shouldn't be improved, it certainly should, but I would love to see a stronger central midfield as well. Thoughts?
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