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|New Owners at Ipswich Town|
at 10:38 15 Jan 2021
A hypothetical scenario, the only way I can see a way out of our current mire. Ipswich must be available at a knockdown price currently with Evans' primary income being in the hospitality industry. We also have the new CoVid wage caps kicking in next season.
It must be remembered we were very close to be being bought by Sullivan and Gold before Evans stole in and hoovered us up. Karen Brady is our Chief Exec in a parallel universe somewhere and I'm sure we're not playing in League One but we are where we are sadly.
What are the likely options out there?
Mike Ashley - Much rumoured to be interested, if he can ever get Newcastle sold, probably not the dream candidate but has a better record than Evans and probably has more capital. Newcastle expect more than us but Ashley probably wouldn't seem to tight in comparison to Evans
The owners of Godolphin, relatively local with their Newmarket connection, we already have a horse on our badge and we play in blue. I'm led to believe Alan Brazil has continually pleaded with the Godolphin people to buy us, on his various Newmarket visits. As many have said before, the moral compass of the owner is highly questionable and would be likely to put many fans off.
The owners of the Port of Felixstowe, if only for some kind of semi-local connection. The company who own Felixstowe own most of the major ports around the World, if they had any interest in sport, they may have already bought someone if they don't already own a Chinese Club?
Red Bull are supposedly keen to own an English club, the obvious choice was MK Dons however they have distanced themselves from them, I believe West Ham were mooted also and you certainly sell your soul to the devil with Red Bull but they certainly know how to achieve success.
Another modern football consortium, much like Watford's model, however for every Watford success, there's a failure like Charlton so be very careful what you wish for!
Ed Sheeran, always an unrealistic prospect I suspect, he is very wealthy and he wants to stay that way but he might be able to attract someone to the club who does have the cash flow required. It's fair to say, no one buys a football club to make money, there are other reasons for owning a football club, sadly in some cases they become a bit of a play thing for someone where money has ceased being an issue, that's modern football sadly but ultimately you need a decent owner who is ambitious. I believe Evans threw the ambition out the window once Paul Jewell was gone. McCarthy was a very decent manager but he was never given the budget he deserved to get us over the line.
There are countless other candidates out there I'm sure, Burnley are about to be taken over, hardly the sexiest prospect but far more appealing given their recent Premier League success.
We are a gamble at the moment, anyone with any ambition would be buying us on the hope to take us back to the Premier League and that's probably a ten year project at the very minimum. The main appeal is we are probably available on the cheap, not that Evans will necessarily take a cheap offer.
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|“They (Ipswich) are a hard team to break down, they’re a solid outfit".|
at 15:46 10 Jan 2021
No we aren't John Sheridan but either way, fair play for absolutely schooling us
Okay, Swindon's second and third goals don't go in very often or shouldn't do but they deserved that win, whatever way we want to dress it up
If they could defend, they'd be a competitive side at this level
I liked the look of their left back and the lad who scored the cross for number three
I wasn't looking for Twine but he isn't going to be at Swindon very long if he can do that?
Who was the lad that SkySports were lauding, the guy who seemed to be hounding our players all the time?
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|Just catching up on the game|
at 11:23 10 Jan 2021
as I work 1530 - 2230 which means I see virtually no live games now but oh deary me, what a shocker!
And Paul Cook is sitting in the studio, commenting on this chaos
Swindon clearly have some talented players, there's a decent football side in there, even if they concede goals like it is going out of fashion
Yes there are mitigating circumstances, we haven't played for a month, some players maybe feeling the effects of CoVid and many of our best players are recovering from injury so I wasn't totally surprised by the result but we really made Swindon look like Barcelona on the first half
Swindon deserved more than one goal in the first half and we got away with it
In the second they score an absolute worldie and then score a freak goal from a cross but on merit probably deserved more from earlier on
In terms of Swindon's position, it's a massive opportunity missed with the games we have coming up and I fear we will pay for it even further
I don't get the first half line up, I genuinely don't understand why we are farming Jackson out on the wing
We could do worse than signing Swindon's left back though, he would add a lot to us
We are clearly very reliant on Norwood, we don't seem to have another reliable outlet upfront. I know Ched Evans is mud but we need another player of that calibre upfront because I don't think we have much else. Jackson is being utilised really poorly, there's a player in there but we don't suit him at all.
We really could do with more pace and power throughout the side, we look like one of those bang average league one sides with little athleticism or agility throughout the side. We are easy to play against, there's talent there, mainly from the academy players but the spine of our side is a bit powder puff. I can't see us touching top sides unless we get all our best players back, fit and regularly playing.
What an absolute mess we are and the salary cap next season could kill us, it's probably more likely to guide us to League Two.
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at 15:55 11 Dec 2020
What is he up to nowadays, surely a player like him would be an experienced pro who would do a job in our squad at this level and surely wouldn't cost a lot in wages?
|The winner is definitely offside|
at 17:31 7 Nov 2020
It didn't look right in real time
Another poor decision but Pompey have probably deserved it over the tie really
|Now our fitness has gone|
at 17:20 7 Nov 2020
Pompey have taken charge
We look leggy now, the front three and judge are the only ones who are going to be relatively fresh
|Eddie Howe to Celtic|
at 17:38 6 Nov 2020
that would be an interesting one, you get the big club experience without the all the added competition you get in the Premier League
On a related note: Rangers could actually win the league this year, it surely gives us some hope that a return from oblivion is possible?
|Better than Lincoln and Donnie|
at 21:26 3 Nov 2020
but totally done by the referee, it's decisions like this which we could pay for later in the season
|Well that was pretty humbling|
at 15:50 31 Oct 2020
Crewe showing us how it is done
Lambert needs to alter the system here, we are second best all over the park!
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