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|O'Neill: Season Ticket Pricing News Soon|
We need new investment AND we need better decisions made. All the evidence would suggest that Evans is unlikely to deliver on either.
But in the continued absence of an alternative owner with money to invest, at least he seems to be trying a bit harder with the better decisions bit. And being rid of Milne, Clegg, Keane and McCarthy does at least mean that there's no longer people in decision making roles in the club whose interest in engaging with the fans was half-hearted at best, non-existent at worst.
|Marcus Evans: Club is Not For Sale|
The problem is not the level of investment in itself - as he says, it is possible to compete on his budgets. The major issue is in the poor quality of his decision making over a number of years. From Keane, to Jewell, to keeping Mick in post too long, to Hurst, Evans has consistently got it wrong. He now has a manager who gives him a chance to get it right and Lambert urgently needs a proper CEO / Director of Football alongside him to make it all work.
|Lambert Sick and Tired of Blame Being Laid at Owner's Door|
So Paul, let's just think this through logically. If you're right (which you're not) - and it's only the managers who are to blame for getting us in this situation by spending the owner's money badly, it would suggest that we've had the wrong managers in charge. And who is to blame for appointing the managers? Doesn't that have something to do with the owner?
|Blues MD Milne to Step Down|
There was very little that Ian did that involved either managing or directing. Evans and the managers run the club and make all the key decisions. Poor old Ian's job was to do all the stuff that they didn't want to which mainly entailed trying to keep the "customers" quiet with some inane drivel about how well we're doing and what a great and generous guy Marcus is. Presume that now Lambert appears to see fans as an asset rather than as ignorant and ungrateful numbskulls, Ian's job is even more redundant. At least after 6 years of doing very little, retirement shouldn't come as a huge shock to his system.
|Lambert: I Can Still Keep Town Up With Hard Work and Financial Support|
There is even less logic in Evans spending in this window than in previous ones. And even less chance of players wanting to come or being available at what he will see as "the right price."
The only way change happens is if Ipswich fans start to make their discontent with the owner heard. Until his ownership of ITFC starts to impact on the reputation of the wider Marcus Evans Group, nothing will change.
And for those of you saying that without Evans the club has no future: rubbish. There will be buyers if the asking price is realistic and based on what the club is worth today, not how much Evans has wasted on making bad decision after bad decision over 10 years. Plenty of other clubs have found new owners in the past few years....many of whom had far less upside than Ipswich.
Perhaps the North Stand could make a start on Saturday?
|Town Confirm Keane Loan Signing|
Hope he does better than the last Keane.
On a separate note, what's happened to Ian Milne? Has he left the club??
|Hurst Planning Changes at Leeds|
Interesting comments about change being needed throughout the club. McCarthy provided the owner with four and a half years of (ugly) sticking plaster but a decade of under investment in players, facilities, supporters and a CEO / Director of Football means that in 2018 the cuts have quickly become open wounds.
This is a league one squad, on a league one budget, with a league one manager who will soon be playing in front of league one crowds in the championship. Because most of the 18k who had to watch that garbage on Saturday won't be hurrying back to see more.
We are heading the same way as Charlton, Blackpool, Coventry and Sunderland. The only consolation is that the likes of Blackburn, Southampton, Wolves, Naaridge, Sheff Weds and Sheff Utd have all been there and come back stronger. But it still doesn't make it something to look forward to.
|McCarthy Quoted Mind-Boggling Wages|
"It's his club, good luck to him".
Isn't this at the heart of the problem with the club today?
I'm pretty sure that the Cobbolds never viewed Ipswich Town FC as belonging to them.... our owner Mr Invisible, his MD, Mr Ineffectual and his manager Mr Irritable all seem to think differently.
|Milne: We're Very Keen to Keep Bart and He Wants to Stay|
This bloke trots out the same meaningless, inane drivel every time he opens his mouth. He is clearly so far from having any actual input into major decisIon making at the club that his opinion is of zero value in any case.
|Town Announce ¬£4.3m Pre-Tax Loss|
To make a year on year loss of ¬£1.45m on ticket and commercial revenue combined with ‚Äúlosing‚ÄĚ 3,500 season ticket holders (or 20% of your ‚Äúcustomer base‚ÄĚ) would cost most managers and managing directors their job in most businesses...
|Milne, O'Neill and Klug at Tonight's PLC AGM|
And just in case there's time, can someone ask Ian Milne if he feels that the club's declining attendances, the fiasco over season ticket prices and general lack of engagement with supporters is the responsibility of the Managing Director of the club? Failing that, ask him if he's ever queued for a drink or food at any of the bars around the ground at half time and how he found the experience.
|Milne, O'Neill and Klug at Tonight's PLC AGM|
Please can someone ask Ian Milne at what stage he expects our glorious leader to let us know whether he intends to extend his glorious reign with us beyond the end of this season? Given his previous comments on the matter, I presume that this is a decision that rests solely with Mr McCarthy but perhaps, if he's not too scared, Ian might like to at least ask him the question and let us know the response.
|Tenth Anniversary of Evans Takeover|
Evans has made a series of "football" mistakes in his tenure including the hasty dismissal of Magilton, the appointments of Keane and Jewell, the early player trading and lack of a plan with regard to squad building and not backing MM in January window 2015 when we had a real chance of going up. We will most likely finish mid table again this year with average attendances down year on year again.
That said, his investment has been considerable, there weren't many others queuing up to invest 10 years ago and the financial landscape has changed so that it is now a tougher ask than ever to get promoted if you've been away from the Premier League as long as we have. Compared with many, he's been better and he's shown loyalty to his managers, invested in the academy and certainly got smarter in the transfer market.
My main gripe with him is the lack of leadership, communication and engagement with the supporter base. This club should be at the heart of the community and a positive force in the town and county. Under Evans there is a lack of connection and investment. Clegg and Milne have been very poor at building this connection and the own goals over ticketing and pricing have caused unnecessary antagonism between fan and owner.
|McCarthy: Litany of Reasons Why Clubs Won't Let Players Move|
Let's follow the logic through:
You can only get players in January if you're prepared to pay over the odds.
You will only buy players who are in demand if you are willing to pay over the odds.
Our owner will not / cannot pay over the odds.
We will be forced to gamble on damaged goods / loans or players nobody else wants.
|McCarthy Taking Each Game As it Comes|
If it wasn't for those disallowed goals you keep mentioning, everything would be just fine Mick, wouldn't it? After all that would make it only 10 games this year which we haven't scored in.
This game has the makings of being the most unattractive of the season which is some achievement given the utter garbage we've been subjected to so far.
|Standing ‚Äď A Matter of Choice?|
I would like to have my seat reclined at a 45 degree angle. That way I would have a much better view of the ball during the game.
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