I have been one of Marcus Evans biggest critics of late but if it’s true that he’s about to finally step up and take a more hands on role at the club then that is the best news I have heard in a very long time. I recall what Roy Keane said in his book about the fact that himself, Clegg and Evans were never once in the same room together spoke volumes to me about what the problems were. Evans has clearly trusted people to run the club on his behalf and that simply hasn’t worked.
If Paul Lambert has had this influence on him to finally take the plunge into running the football club directly, be it at the 11th hour, then again that’s a huge credit to Lambert.
I am not sure I take the view that Evans is blameless in all of this, he may well have provided the budget for the summer transfer window but equally he gave the keys of the car to Hurst in the first place. We also know the number of transfer windows where Evans has taken on a strong role, and we’ve ended up with Leon Best. Lambert himself has pointed out the contract chaos here, which has been going on for a decade now and has seen players walk away for free, let alone the situation with Mick at the end of last season where he was gone, but still in charge. That is not a well-managed club and the blame surely does lay at the door of the owner.
However looking forward if this is the truth and not just good PR I am very pleased that Evans is taking this more seriously, and I am now confident that Lambert will be here for the remainder of the season at the least and that there is no threat of him walking out as speculated by some.
I would like to see some commitment to Paul Lambert and a long term plan developed for getting ourselves out of League One, becoming competitive in cups included the EFL Trophy and a total re-engagement with the fan base by accepting things have gone wrong but being prepared to change. Let's fill the ground up next season by offering cheap season tickets, lets stop this yearly shirt change madness, and lets give the ground a lick of paint and a tidy up.
We clearly have some great players being developed, so with the right players coming in we should be able to strike a competitive balance in League One but if we continue as we are selling players every summer, trimming the fat and bringing players relatively cheaply we will continue to struggle and he's going to lose even more money.
If he really isn't committed to remaining here behind the scenes I think it's unfair to leave the club in such a state and would be best if he did sell up. EIther way he's going to lose money.
I know many are pointing out the short gap between us and our rivals but I don't see us as being better than any of those teams either. Evans isn't going to realistically splash in a window when he's almost sure to lose 20million in the summer when we drop, he didn't even splash the cash in 2014-15 when a couple of good signings would have likely seen us promoted, and he'd have made a profit!
Anyhow what I will say is over the past few years I have refrained from renewing/buying a season ticket over the last few seasons as I didn't want to be seen as endorsing the clubs leadership as the quality of the pitch wasn't matching the prices and although I have still been going to games, I just didn't want the club to look at what was happening and assume it was being backed by the fans.
So with that in mind, knowing that we stand to lose something like £20million next season I am going to buy a season ticket . I still have no time for Evans and what he's done here, many still make excuses for him but the proof really is in the pudding now. However I fear we could as a club drop even further and if my ST will in some small way help us compete in League One then I am going to put that before my dislike of Evans.
In the short term that does likely mean he's not going to be backing the manager significantly during the window and will probably mean our relegation.
In the long term, it's going to be the best thing to bring in new leadership. The Championship got too rich for him, and we seemed to walk from one disaster into another during his tenure and it's best for both parties to move on. Of all his managerial appointments - Keane, Jewell, McCarthy, Hurst and Lambert - every single one of those managers, who had success elsewhere had a relegation battle while here.
While admittedly I was never his biggest fan and don't believe he's been a leader here, I appreciate the fact he did fund it for the last decade even if ultimately it's been a big failure. I really do think selling the club would be the best option for everyone now, to whom, thats the biggest problem.
Following on from the thread yesterday, it would be a nice idea to sell a % of the club to those supporters willing to put their hands in their pockets. Last time shares were on sale, we were in a different place and many of us didn't see the need, or the urgency for fan input and ownership at that time. I feel differently now, and i'd be happy to cough up for a small % to support the club. It won't likely happen though.
Chances are. Before I get onto that, a huge credit to Paul Lambert for coming in and shoving a rocket up the backside of the team to even get it to the point we can draw a game. He's done incredible things in a short amount of time, but sadly the toxic mix of aging average players combined with the incomers from the third and fourth divisions has effectively killed us as a Championship club.
We had to win these two games and despite all the effort, we are not good enough. There is no way Evans is going to start investing big in January to provide the kind of radical change we need to stay up. I'd say we were relegated today - it seems like a negative statement but I cannot see this side winning another game, let alone staying in this league.
As for the future, well first things first the blood is on Evans hands. Years of cuts and underspending has led us into this mess and he needs to take full responsibility. As for the future, I doubt Lambert will stick here when we drop, he's too good for that to be frank and with the lack of investment he will undoubtedly get in the summer he will know, like many of us do, that we're another Coventry and we'll likely never play at this level again when we do drop. Again, bloods on Evans hands here.
Sorry to be so negative - I just cannot see a rosey path out of this one. I hope I am wrong, but the results do not lie, we've won 1 game this season and 7 games total this year. It's an absolute disaster.
To think, we beat that same Reading side 0-4 at their place in just April ...
It's 2018. We made something like £9,200,000 in transfer fees alone this summer selling just three players. I see some people find the figure to be unbelievable as it appears large, but in this era, it's not.
£10million will hardly make much of the difference, since we need in my view 6 or 7 players to be able to really ensure safety and we just don't have the overall quality for a couple of average signings to be enough. Wages will also be an issue, as we're still one of the lowest payers in the league.
It's the bare minimum...... again. We're refusing to compete. £10mill is pissing into the wind.
and he's naturally not my first choice for the job, I wish him nothing but success here.
I always thought he was a bit an ~~~~hole, and loathed the way his Norwich side played and acted while he was running them, but that's probably what we need given everything thats happened here. Hopefully he will make use of our excellent U23's for a start and bring a striker in on a free to play with Sears up top.
First ever manager to guide both Ipswich and Norwich to the top flight? Go on then. Yellow away kit to make a return for the first time since the 70's? I'd support that, we've had enough Red - White - Orange - Black variations to last a lifetime now.
Given that Matt Holland says Marcus Evans has been sounding out potential managers who would be your preference for the role? I have included some of those linked a few months back and some of the less realistic but still within a shout appointments.