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|Blackpool Linked With Nolan Move|
Nolan's a willing trier, but I remain convinced that we're not really going to be moving forward properly until all the Hurst signings have gone (although Jackson is threatening to win me over...).
|Drinan Joins Ayr on Loan|
I spent ages trying to sign Mark Kerr on Championship Manager 00/01. I don't think I ever got him.
|Bart Happy to Sign Permanently at Millwall|
He's proved his fitness and become a fan favourite; £1m please. (And, Millwall, don't you feel silly for not getting him for £900,000 when you had the chance?)
|Nsiala Completes Bolton Move|
Toto seems like such a nice guy, his story is great, and he tries his heart out, but it never seemed to go right for him after that completely unjust red card at the beginning of last season. I expect a new start is just what he needs, and I wish him all the best. That said, I don't think our club can move forward properly until all of the Hurst signings have gone—one way or another, none of them have worked out.
Good luck, Toto.
|Nolan: Not My Ideal Role But I'm Happy to Do a Job There|
I hate to say it, but Nolan is just not a good enough finisher to play as the no. 10. The accursed Hurst played him there at the start of last season and he missed some key chances that helped lead to our bad start. We shouldn't be repeating that mistake. Nolan's a willing trier (which may make him the best of the Hurst signings), but he's not a no. 10.
|Lambert: Absolutely Fantastic Second Half|
I'm delighted we won, but one word of caution: we haven't beaten anyone in the top half (we've only played three of them, and we drew those—two at home). We've ridden our luck a bit, and it's going to get harder. We need Norwood to find his scoring boots, and Chambers to cut out the errors! But, all that said, happy tonight :-)
|Lankester Undergoes Back Surgery|
If I were Marcus Evans, I would pay for an external review of Town's medical staff, top to bottom. Something is wrong somewhere—a lot of injuries may be bad luck, but the number of times things linger, with initial diagnoses changed, etc., is extremely troubling.
Get well soon, Jack.
|Lambert: There Was No Respect for the Place|
I hope as they're doing this, they are reflecting on what Ipswich Blue actually is. It matters. I remember when the 2001/02 strip was revealed with its weird pale blue, I knew in my bones that we were in trouble. This year's strip is such an improvement. But let's make a commitment to the right shade and not waver.
|Town Topic: How Will the Blues Fare in 2019/20?|
If you'd asked me this a week ago I would have said the following: I honestly cannot choose between three scenarios: 1) a dream season in which all the youngsters click, and we ride a wave of home-grown enthusiasm to promotion and a new dawn for ITF; 2) a dreary slog into mid-table; 3) the wheels completely fall off and we go down again. Now, with the transfer market issues and the latest slew of injuries, I am pretty convinced that #1 is an absolute fantasy. Until this morning it was looking more and more like #2. But with PL's flounce this morning, I am getting mentally prepared for #3. I am optimistic for Woolfenden, Kenlock, Emmanuel, Downes, and Dozzell; I think there are good things to be had from Nsiala, Rowe, and Jackson. If Huws, Judge, and Bishop can just stay healthy... And if Norwood can be as good as we yearn for him to be. An awful, awful lot of ifs and buts. COYB.
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