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Player of the Year Voting Open
at 16:25:06

Voted for Nydam
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Barron Targeted to Head Town's Recruitment
at 21:30:11

Yes MidasTouch, Cardiff’s form has dropped off a little, but they’re still sitting 9th - a lot higher than when MM took over, and their last three games (all draws) included points gained at Brentford and Reading, so form perhaps has more to do with difficulty of fixtures. Fascinating that we’re still talking about him though. Love him or loathe him (or, like me, a bit of both) there is no denying that his departure was a real turning point for this club. For all the sh*t football, the negative tactics, the stubborn team selection, I still suspect that we’d be in a lot better position if he’d been given the money that Hurst was... Still, that door has closed - let’s get behind PC, and hope with some decent recruitment and a pre-season we can be a totally different team next season.
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Keeper-Coach Walker Leaves Town
at 21:18:35

I worry a little bit whether Cook will live up to expectations without Leam Richardson. In much the same way that a lot of ‘Lambert’s’ early success was allegedly more down to Ian Culverhouse, I wonder how reliant Cook was on Richardson for his success at previous clubs. Certainly seems that Richardson is doing a reasonable job at Wigan right now. Even Burley and Robson owed a lot to the right coaching staff for their success.
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Town Takeover Completed
at 14:37:19

Well, we’re not going to be able to blame the management or the ownership now...!
Surely things can only get better now? Surely?!
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Ward: As a Team We’ve Got to Be Better Going Forward
at 09:43:19

Certainly don't think anyone should get on PC's back. Evans really has gutted this club. Got one management appointment right and then never gave him the transfer funds to get us promoted. Yes MM's style was painfully boring to watch and stubborn, and his attitude to some fans toward the end was verging on arrogant, but given the opportunity to spend the sort of money that Keane and Hurst were given we would still be competing in the Championship. Interesting to see his record at Cardiff since taking over in Jan and spending nothing now stands at W:8 D:5 L:1. Yesterday's news of course, but you can't pretend the legacy of that decision hasn't led us to where we are now, so is still relevant. And its interesting to see what a change in management can bring. Paul Cook comes with a good pedigree, at exactly this sort of level, so I am optimistic in the medium term, but I can't help but feel we've got lot of short term pain to get through first. There isnt a single player at our club that is both of Championship level and can stay fit for more than 3 games (otherwise I would claim that for Bishop and KVY, possibly Gwion). Dozzell has potential. Keep looking at Barnsley to give me hope.....
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Wilson: Set-Piece Work With Gilly Paying Off
at 15:25:57

Problem is, for all the great blocks etc Nsiala is always good for gifting the opposition a goal every other game, and it’s hard to keep having to cover these. He certainly nearly gifted Lincoln one last night.
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Town Confirm Cook Appointment
at 12:35:20

Feels like there is often a good correlation between having an average playing career and succeeding as a manager, especially at this level. May be something to do with empathy - the problem with having managers like Keane and Lambert was that their playing pedigree didn't translate into being good managers. Even at the top eschelons - Klopp, Mourinho, Wenger - some of the best managers were very average players. Of course you have your Peps etc, but somehow I feel like they might struggle as a manager of a League 1 side. Getting the best out of a journeyman player, in tightly fought matches on sh*t pitches in front of 5000 fans, on a tight budget, is a specific talent - one which Paul Cook has shown he can do. I just hope we give him the time to do it. COYB!
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Hull City 0-1 Ipswich Town - Match Report
at 19:59:09

Cracking article in today's Grauniad about an up and coming new manager at Cardifff ("battens down the hatches"...) - https://www.theguardian.com/football/2021/feb/24/mick-mccarthy-cardiff-city-cham
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Bishop Aiming to Recapture Early Season Form
at 11:42:38

Paul Lambert has played for some big clubs though.
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Edwards to Miss Oxford Clash
at 11:34:46

Can I just be the first to remind everyone that PL has played at some big clubs? You may not know this but he has played in European finals. And at a World Cup. I just wanted to mention this, because there doesn't seem to be any mention of this above.
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Lambert's Cat
at 09:56:54

Great article. Man, that quote from Bobby - resonates with us all I’m sure. So many good memories - from standing on a milk crate in Churchmans, right through to relegating City under Magic a few years ago. Never really got much better since. The one thing the article misses is the impact of sheer luck combined with economics. Norwich, Southampton, Swansea, Bournemouth, Burnley, Watford, Cardiff, even Hull - lesser clubs which all got promoted to the Prem before it became a totally closed shop. Our misfortune/massive error was not to get promoted in the 00’s. That would have transformed the fortunes of the club (dare I say it, the injury to Shefki was our sliding door moment...). The chance of back to back promotions was utterly killed by the salary cap in League 1 which (whilst generally a good thing for the game) makes it almost inevitable that you need to totally overhaul the squad if you get promoted to the Championship. The latter is becoming as stratified as the Prem, as the financial disparities of parachute payments from the top, and salary caps from the bottom, erode competition. Only solution to me seems to be a proper salary cap across the Football League and let the Prem go off on it’s own, form the super league they’ve wanted for 40 years.
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Lambert on Salary Cap: Players Will Be in a For a Rude Awakening
at 19:29:33

I would happily see almost every player on that list depart the club with the exception of Edwards and Bishop (who will probably leave to get a better deal elsewhere). If their contracts are to be renewed then they should be at a League 1 salary, but with a major promotion incentive.
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Burton Albion 0-1 Ipswich Town - Match Report
at 17:40:29

Three observations: 1) Our results with Holy in goal are far far better - does he organise the defence better? This season and last it’s noticeable that our results dipped (even if performances before were poor) when we dropped him. 2) despite their detractors Chambers And Nsiala earned us that 3 points today - real bodies on the line defending 3) yet again, performance improves when we have 2 up front. Get Hawkins and Norwood in the same team and we might yet have a chance
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Gibbs Already on Premier League Radar as Town Offer New Deal
at 09:50:01

Hope he doesn't go, but if he did and we got a Charlie Brown level fee for him it wouldn't be terrible - its such a gamble with youngsters, and more often than not they do not they don't push through. I remember when Dean Bowditch was the outstanding player of his group - despite all the chances it never really happened for him. I suspect the £650k we got for Brown was a good deal for everyone but City. ..
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McCarthy Sacked By APOEL
at 11:47:47

Elguaj4 that comment says more about you than the comments. There is only two comments above that refer to MM’s time at Town, one pointing out his success record with generating a surplus from transfers (you disagree?) and the other suggesting he ‘failed’. And from that you deduce brown nosing? Personally I think we’d have been in a far better league position had he stayed, but similarly at the time felt that the level of entertainment was poor and we were stagnating as a club- and was glad to see the back of him. I hoped Evans would get it right with the next appt. In hindsight I was wrong, and I’m not afraid to admit it. But I’m not going to come on here just to slag off my fellow fans - seriously, what are you trying to achieve with that? We need unity and positivity now...
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Town Linked With Tyke Thomas
at 08:52:43

Ryan Fraser? Celina? Lawrence? Arguably Garbutt. Not a massive fan of loans, and these were largely McCarthy signings - but I’m not sure you can say we haven’t loaned a successful wide player for 20 years.
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Harlow Town Ladies 2-9 Ipswich Town Women - Highlights
at 17:32:47

Definitely take a better corner than the men's team...
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Town: Fitness Coach Henry Now in Consultancy Role
at 16:42:49

IpswichMouse, I thought we had got rid of the 'makes good business because it reduces his tax liability' claims... I hate what Marcus Evans has done to our club, and I wish he wasn't our owner, but the idea he benefits from running up losses doesn't make sense. What it means is that the losses he makes with us can be set against other business interests, so it doesn't hurt him so much - but it still loses him money. Its all in the form of debt owed by the club of course, but I cant see that he can ever recover that debt. So from his perspective it would be far better that we were a Brentford, a Millwall, a Luton - using our comparably limited resources to punch above our weight, maximising the value of our assets when selling them - essentially doing all the things we haven't done. Essentially his tenure has been a complete car crash - giving the wrong managers money to spend, and making a series of bad appointments. He's run this 'business' appallingly. Obviously that doesn't take away from the fact that we now need his money to prop us up, and as much as I wish another owner could be found, I do wonder who would be nuts enough to purchase us.
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Ipswich Town 0-2 Charlton Athletic - Match Report
at 09:09:32

Really missing Edwards and Bishop.
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Ward: Everyone's Disappointed, the Lads Are Hurting in There
at 12:05:22

Its the polar opposite of McCarthy-era Town. Then we were the team that would surrender possession and make every game competitive - which meant we very rarely get turned over, and often won ugly. Of course that %s style of footie also meant that we often struggled to beat 'smaller' clubs too, and were going nowhere in the Championship. Now we're trying to play attractive football, dominating possession (albeit at a lower level) but just aren't very good at it.... Difficult to see how Lambert gets us out of the division at the moment.
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