I've been thinking about this quite a bit over the weekend and on the drive back from Blackpool.
Saturday was another performance where I came away from the ground and thought this is again a team with a clear plan, a way of playing and a genuine progression from week to week with new ideas. We played some wonderful football at times on what was effectively a park pitch - one-touch football, trust in possession in all areas of the field, runners getting in behind. This is a reflection of a management team with an ethos and quality in terms of both being able to communicate that in such a way that the players can enact it, and in the players themselves in being able to carry it out.
It probably is the case that we don't get promoted this season, but it would be a big step change for us as a club to go into a summer without needing to make wholesale changes to the management team, playing squad or style of play. I'm still genuinely struggling to think of the last time that was the case - even at the end of the play-off season with Mick we kind of limped over the line and went into the post-season with hopes of building a more fluid side in attack.
The worry is around there will be some churn as an inevitability - can we keep Celina? Do we need to sell Edmundson or Woolfenden to finance this model? I hope that the upward turn at the end of the season makes the answers to these (and any other questions) a little easier to answer.
Properly good - playing football in an exciting and free-flowing style, lots of one touch passing, beating players and creating good chances as well as pressing in a way that didn’t give Cheltenham a second to breath.
Second half was obviously frustrating, we ran out of steam (and I thought we lost the plot a bit last 20 with the change of shape) but if that first half is a window of what’s to come then we have cause to be very excited about this Ipswich team going forward.
I was supposed to be flying to the USA next week for a multi-city trip. Due to the amount of flights required it was much cheaper to book through a travel agent (Kiwi.com) rather than with the airlines direct as I normally with.
Obviously my plans are now cancelled, and so are my UK return flights (London to JFK and Miami to London), however my domestic US flights are not cancelled (NYC to Vegas, Vegas to Miami).
In terms of options available to me, Kiwi offer an instant refund (of around 5% of the overall spend lol), or the option to leave them to it for 3 months and see what they come back with. I think if I accept either of those options I lose all of my rights.
The dilemma is made trickier still because my UK leg flights are with Norwegian Airlines (who may go to the wall this week). For reference, my US flights are with Frontier.
Has anybody been in a similar situation to this? I am not insured for this trip (I have an annual travel insurance thing which is just Europe only and was going to get US cover about now) and I booked it using a debit card, so I'm not sure I'm particularly well covered.
They’ve backed their models, forecasts and plans, and if you don’t follow all the contingencies put in place then why bother making them in the first place?
On the other hand though, it does feel a bit uncomfortable to be the only country in the world who is following this sort of advice and it’s not fun to be part of a real-world run through of a simulation.
Baffling to me that large (specifically sporting) gatherings are planned to go ahead this weekend.