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|Sears: I'm in My Best Town Form|
@superblue67... there are 75 points available (25 games left). We'd need mid 70 points *minimum* to make play-offs. That's 65 points from a possible 75. Which means dropping 10 points so our record would need to be something like 22-1-3 for the rest of the season.
If nothing else, you're redefining 'rose-tinted'. :)
|Hurst: Lads Showed a Lot of Character|
@ronnyblue - shame you didn't get the job when Evans was looking to replace McCarthy. Was it the second interview that let you down?
Will you be reapplying if the position becomes available again?
|Hurst: No Guarantee Waghorn Still at Town on Opening Day|
Great to hear a platitude-free manager giving us a no-BS take on things. He seems to be down the line with most things which means players should know where they stand, which is a good thing for togetherness and spirit.
As for Waghorn… 28, just the one strong season, bought for next to nothing... if we get anything over 7 million for him we should sell. Assuming Waghorn accepts personal terms of course.
Like it or not, with Evans' approach, we can be put in the same bracket as Brentford and Barnsley… buy low > develop > sell high(er). For Championship clubs without parachute payments and/or an FFP-ignoring owner this is the future.
|Hurst "Surprised By One or Two Things" That Are "Nowhere Near Good Enough"|
I see only positives here. As someone posted above, here's a guy coming in who's worked his entire career in lower leagues - and he's saying there're things at this solid Championship club that aren't right. He's not giving it the big 'I am'; he's not talking about what he achieved at other clubs etc; just giving us his view on how he sees things.
He's clearly a driven up-and-coming manager with a clear idea on how he wants things done. His comment on not taking the job if he didn't have control on players coming in and out is telling. Paul Hurst is telling the club, the players and the supporters who's in charge.
It's probably going to take a few months for the dust to truly settle - and we shouldn't expect too much results-wise early on - but once he's shipped out players he's identified as not fitting into his plans, and brought in some fresh faces, I can see Hurst building something that we can all get behind.
|Town Launch New Kits|
Will add my voice to the backlash on the sponsor... absolutely awful choice. Unethical. Immoral. Shameful. Another nail in the coffin of the old ITFC.
I'd urge everyone to NOT buy either shirt.
|Hyam Reveals Town Exit|
One of a select bunch of truly local boys to play for the club in the modern era. How many of us could only dream of such things as Ipswich and Suffolk schoolboys?
All the best, Luke.
|Town Announce New Shirt Sponsor|
Will the last person to leave Portman Road please turn off the lights.
And so we slip further and further from being a decent, respected football club punching above our weight. Some people missing the point entirely in commenting on the design of the logo, and the look of the shirt. Yeah, they're both sh!t but this should be about the fact that the club sponsor of Ipswich Town Football Club (est 1878) is an online gambling company. A quick online search reveals that the parent company operate a raft of cheap tacky online gambling sites.
And ITFC is aligning themselves with this? And we're meant to sit back and say 'great'?
What work will the new club sponsor be doing to engage with supporters? Will be it be altruistic community-based activity - or will it be competitions and promotions to encourage people to gamble? I wonder.
Some people might be saying 'yeah, but it's football these days. What can you do?' What you can - and should - do is complain. Loudly. Vote with your feet. Vote with your wallet/purse.
|McCarthy: Huws Injury a Shock|
Over last 2-3 seasons we've had McGoldrick, Hyam, Bishop, Williams and Huws (twice this season...) suffer long term injuries. And often with relapses.
A case of being unlucky, having 'brittle' players - or something else? Seems an unusually high number to me.
|Academy Chiefs Take on New Roles|
Klug probably doesn't want to be a first team manager or coach - he'd surely have had the chance for such a role by now. What would be far more beneficial for ITFC is having a first team manager/coach aligned with the principals of the 'junior' coaching. It's a football *club* after all.
On one level it's good news to have Klug involved more in players' development but it's pretty meaningless, in terms of the senior team, if the first team manager is not utilising that development.
The cynic in me wonders if this is ME looking for improvements in the junior players in order to generate greater revenues from player sales. Little sign so far that Evans is investing money from transfers back into the first team squad.
Keep the first team ticking over, sell players to cut losses, continue owning ITFC as a tax dodge. If we happen to get promoted at some point, then he's laughing. And if not, then he's happy enough for the status quo to remain.
|Spanish Winger on Trial With Academy|
Johnny Sanchez! That's the best footballer's name ever right there. If he doesn't make it at Burnley I'm pretty sure Melchester Rovers will take him.
|Town Unveil New Kits|
1. blue shorts - no. no. no. no. no. no. no. no. no. no. no. no.
2. chevron - again, no. doesn't work with the white sleeves. perhaps OK on a solid blue shirt, or a single colour/tone chevron with white sleeves, but not on this design.
3. we couldn't wear the official change kit this season because the blue clashed with the blue of the home team. Given a lot of these teams also play in white (eg Reading, QPR) how we are going use the third kit? Oh, hello orange.
4. away kit acceptable but hardly standout.
Overall, pretty average effort.
|Milne: No Plans to Reduce Away Prices|
You choices next season...
1. pay inflated prices to watch hoofball in a half-empty atmosphere-free stadium.
2. hop on the train/down the A12 and watch top level attractive attacking football in a modern stadium with a huge crowd and atmosphere to match, for less than it costs to watch option 1.
Has no one told the board about West Ham moving to the Olympic Stadium?
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