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|(Hopefully) A balanced view on Evans' tenure|
at 06:40 8 Aug 2019
My two cents worth...feel free to ignore...
I do wonder whether most of the critics of Evans are (let's be generous) under-25 years of age. I can understand their perspective if all they've really known is Town under Evans and a slow inexorable decline in the standard of the football and of Portman Rd. But...
...let's be clear about one thing - Evans is and always will be Town's saviour. We were going under, staff and contracts were going unpaid and the FA/Football League were looking to make an example of a struggling club. You may be cynical about his motivations, but the fact remains he (or the company he is a 100% shareholder of) is the ONLY thing that has kept us from folding in the last 12 years. We have lost money every year since he bought the debt and saved us from EXTINCTION.
I'm pretty certain he would sell us at the drop of the hat if there was anyone clinically insane enough to put in a offer - but from a business perspective we are a completely toxic investment (as are many other clubs).
So he has decided not to throw more money at his bad investment - other than the money which is keeping us solvent. Perhaps we should be more grateful he hasn't pulled the plug and that his other businesses are infinitely more successful than ITFC is.
So, whilst I think he is our saviour, I can't but lament the fact he is not a better football club owner. His ownership is a sad litany of poor decisions, including:
- appointing Simon Clegg as MD, someone with zero industry knowledge and a series of outside interests that distracted him
- taking advice from Harry Redknapp on who to appoint as manager; Redknapp might be a good coach, but his approach to managing a club (as opposed to a team) harks back to the brown envelope days of the 60s/70s
- not realising until it was too late how important the club's relationship with its fans is; otherwise he would never have let Mick's relationship with the fans descend into carnage unchecked
- sanctioning Hurst's wholesale sale of a proven but functional squad to be replaced by a bunch of unprovens
That said, anyone criticising him for the appointment of Keane, Jewell or Hurst is playing a game of hindsight roulette - in all three cases there was limited dissent to the appointments - much less so than the two appointments he would appear to have got right (Mick and PL).
So Marcus Evans, (almost) billionaire, saviour of our club, but poor decision maker...
|A little bit of perspective...|
at 04:22 22 Aug 2018
I would suggest that about 80% of our fans wanted MM gone by the end of last year. I stuck by him until pretty close to the end; only really coming to the conclusion that he had to move on at about the 3/4 point last season. Since Evans came in we've appointed three managers who had each managed to get teams out of the Championship into Premier League - not one of them succeeded. Evans came out and said we were going to try a different and riskier approach - which most of us agreed was the right way to go.
We're now four (discounting Exeter) games in and some people seem to be ready to jump ship - which is mind boggling!!
We are one of the most financially weak teams in the second tier and have only had five seasons in the top flight in the last 30 years. Yes we have an amazing history, but then so do Huddersfield, Preston and Blackpool. I've been following Town since I was six years old in 1982, but even at that point the Robson era was history. We have no god given right to success and need get some perspective.
We have been in the top two tiers of English Football since 1957. In that time, each of the following 39 teams (who have all played in the Premier League at one time) have spent time in the third tier. This includes seven teams that have won the top league title since we did in 60-61.
This season has to be about change, laying the foundations for our next push to the Premier League and having a club we can be proud of again; not over-reactionary BS and panic. It's tiresome and totally counter-productive. Get down to Portman Rd, sing your heart out and let's get our Ipswich back.
|That was very different...|
at 17:12 12 Aug 2017
Loving this ability to live stream games down under."!!
That was nothing like the last few years. Yes we sat back to much once we went ahead, but we were by far the better team today. Our back four were never really troubled and quite unlike any time since Mick came in they had no real responsibility for distribution. Just stop the opposition scoring and then pass it off to someone who knows what to do with the ball. Like last week this style totally suits Skuse and he (and Downes) was very good. Waghorn was a total pain in the bum to the Barnsley back four and if Didsy can keep fit then we've got a top ten team on our hands.
Going to bed with a big smile on my face. COYB
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