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Manager performance / budget restrictions.
at 16:16 8 Aug 2020

I don’t know how you’d be able to work it out, (with unknown wages and agent fees etc. but I think starting from Burley... Joe Royle has been the manager to work wonders with little spend - PL hasn’t had a pot to pezz in either, but between I think BFJ has to be up there?
Our Injury “luck” - a post of hope and concerns.
at 11:02 26 Jul 2020

Hi all, I just wanted to put this in here for any debate if you feel you want to.

There’s no doubt about it, we have had our fair share of bad luck when it comes to players being unavailable through injury over recent seasons of decline.

While I’m posting with hope that we have a relatively clear year of bad knocks and twists etc.
We do seem to wrap our players in cotton wool, and you often hear PL say “he’s carrying a knock/niggle, so we might not risk him” etc.

Given the recent squad rotation, is the irregularity of not playing week in week out making them soft and susceptible?

Is it that the injury room is “too comfortable” ?, I recall other managers in clubs saying they were gonna pull the PlayStations and “sofas” from these places as they were a cushy place to be.

Is it a case of if players don’t relocate and spend 3 hours cramped up in cars on a commute to training and games not the best conditions to precede active body stress? - this point I fuse with McGoldrick, is it a case now his commute is short, his injury’s have “disappeared”. Maybe should be a caveat in the signing - being local?
I can flip this with Kieron Dyer, apart from the leg break, I don’t recall him being out much with us - but when he went to Newcastle, I’m sure his injuries did pick up - he was back in Ipswich regularly.

Are we training too much? I’m with Mick Mills on this, you don’t postpone games cause you’re missing one or two (not so key players away on international duty and are fringe players) with regarding cup fixtures if they’re tired roll back training intensity, don’t play 100% reserves, keep continuity.

Surely if we see the same trend next season a serious enquiry needs to be held on the team in charge of body conditioning etc. It’s just odd.

The claims of “thats football” and dismissed too easily as bad luck for me,

Well for me, it’s not “that’s football”.... it’s “thats Ipswich”..... it shouldn’t and needn’t be.

Anyhow.. 🤷🏻‍♂️ Thanks for reading.

[Post edited 26 Jul 11:03]
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Hypothetical question to all?
at 18:36 18 May 2020

Who actually would rather have Harry Redknapp as owner to Evans?
Ole Harry wants to own a League 1 club.
at 16:02 18 May 2020


Chambo and Skuse
at 12:29 30 Dec 2019

I agree to a large percentage of what’s said about these 2 to a degree, and maybe it is time to make them fringe/support staff.

Chambers wouldn’t have got a game a few seasons ago if he didn’t switch to RB, when he did got skinned regular - “he’s not a RB” was his supporters cry... true.
We massively lack creativity, you can’t play Downes and Skuse together - end of. When Lankester and Bish are fit, Skuse shouldn’t get anywhere near the squad.

However “bad” we were yesterday, Downes and Dozzell are our best fit pairing at the moment, (I’m still not sure what Huws would offer over Downes on the showings he’s had so far this year)

Judge aside from all the huff and “effort” he’s been effectiveness as a creative player needs to be questioned now - he’s had a LONG time to prove himself. I’d let him go to free up wages personally.

Playing the likes of Skuse now in my opinion stifles the progression of players like McGavin - who I believe will be our best CM for a lot of years - but we need to be blooding him now.
Unfortunately he’ll probably be sold before he even gets much of a sniff here, just like Webster as other clubs will take the chance and offer him a way of regular footy.

It’s annoying that we used to send our young players out to this league to get them up and running.... and now, all you hear is “They’re just kids”. Nonsense.

If you’ve seen all the matches this season you’ll know the best fearless footy we’ve played is against Peterborough in the cup, McGavin was solid, Dobra was the type of “Judge terrior” on the pitch (yes he’s been unlucky with ref card throwing, but not dirty)

We are wealthy in numbers in midfield and if any of those youngsters are sold and we keep playing Skuse, I’m afraid the club still has a skewed focus in my opinion.

I like Norwood passion and effort - but the Tranmere team were built around him, and got so much service. He will come good I’m sure. I believe him and Sears will be our best pairing next year.

BUT WE NEED TO STOP TINKERING.... SETTLE THE SIDE DOWN LAMBERT!!. We need a RB on loan for a couple of months... or recall Ndaba..... Edwards is not an option, like Toto - a walking foul.

My starting team for WW on NYD

Ndaba, Woolfy, Wilson, Kenlock
Jackson, Downes, Dozzell, Garbutt
Sears Norwood
Lambert has slightly hinted hope of more additions....
at 14:34 21 Aug 2019

With his “we’ll see if there’s more comment”.... LB cover do we think?
Felt sorry for El Miz last night...
at 06:37 21 Aug 2019

I know we had to change it, but thought he was our most forward thinking creative player in the first half last night.... I’d have taken Dozzell off, other than the 1 obvious pass to Nors, thought he was average... or am I being too harsh?

My summary yesterday first team “newbie” performances.
at 09:28 4 Aug 2019

Holy had a few iffy “punch” moments but generally vocal commanding, kicking confidence and general distribution is good, will improve and will be a good Bart replacement.
Donacian for me looked the weak link at the start, he didn’t get up to speed with the game quick enough, and put our area at risk several times, loses the ball under his feet LOTS, having said that also put in some good tackles as the game went on, Jury is out for me, this is a position I’d like to see another signing for.
Woolfy was great, didn’t put a foot wrong and in my book will be a shame to lose his place when Toto is fit.
Wilson did ok, kind of absent at times and not a leader of any kind, Chambo will take his place next week.
Garbutt did enough - good display, got a bit lucky with the goal but was on the end of a brilliant move and looks like he will shoot given any half chance.
Lord Nors, bloke is pain in the arse for defenders, his link up play is fantastic, he get lots of goals (and lots of yellow cards) this season due to his passion - we’ve sorely missed a player like this, live him already.
Huws - this will be the key to us having a great season, still looks a cut above, looked great for the short time he came on.
Rowe was involved from the off, looks for the ball, looks to get forward AND tracks back to help his full back, should be choice over Roberts. I was well impressed.

All that said, the “regular” last year was MotM.... Downes. Nothing wrong with this kid, was everywhere blocking tackling, distributes well and keeps it flowing.
Our midfield is rich with quality when everyone is fit, think we will see a couple out on loan I reckon, and possibly a Dozzell sale.

Lambert has played a masterstroke.....
at 18:31 2 Aug 2019

Today’s pressa he basically has laid any blame of potential failure this season will be with ME.

I identified what we needed to have a chance, they aren’t here.
We don’t have enough as it stands.
The one thing I wouldn’t change is the fans.
ME will be fuming at this side to his PR, but can’t have it bother ways. Yeah PL has had a dig, but he really needs to show us more that he’s a great manager of what he has now. (Which he hasn’t so far)
If we do well he’s a genius, fans will adore him.
If we do badly the fans will say, ME fault as PL‘s hands were tied.

He’s good, basically covered himself for any outcome this season.

Me personally, get these injuries back - we’ll do just fine.

[Post edited 2 Aug 2019 18:33]
What’s the hold up on Bart’s transfer?
at 14:46 22 Jun 2019

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