Can’t defend set pieces, lack of quality in the final third and a keeper who can kick a mile in a straight line but offers little else. Clearly a team in transition and a number of players who won’t be here next season. Cook’s got a big job on but he’s starting to get into their heads. Hearing what he’s shouting at them shows just how basic the level of match awareness is with some of them. He needs a transfer window - once he’s freed up the wages of some of this lot.
A week after the abject performance against Northampton, those lads have worked their socks off tonight. Fought for every first and second ball and even produced some quality at times. Other than the absence of Taylor, what’s changed?
He’s begging the executioner to pull the lever and put him out of his misery - safe in the knowledge that there’s a basket full of cash to catch his head. There can’t be any other explanation for this week’s behaviour can there?
It’s a low bar given the Evans era but we’ve had management fall outs, fans wanting rid etc but have we had a 24 hour period like this before?
Damage to a sign being portrayed as a ‘fire’ and the club briefing against a group of its own most passionate fans. Drew 0-0 at home against a team at the bottom of the third division, cementing our place amongst the also rans. Red card count going beyond anything any of us can remember- ultimately because we seem to think surrounding referees addresses our own inadequacies on the pitch. Manager calling out the owner on national media. Players posting ambiguous statements on social media, leading to speculation about unrest.
I’ve been following for 42 years and I don’t recall a day quite like it.
It was great to see Baggott sign his first pro contract today but the photos got me thinking. This is such a big day for a young lad but in years gone by, the picture would have been the manager and chairman congratulating him on signing. When did that stop? Have things become so disconnected that this is now down to a name on paper and nothing more?
I don’t believe it’s down to social distancing either as a quick image search for ‘first professional contract Ipswich Town’ shows all the recent players on their own except Andre Dozzell sitting next to Jason when he signed.
BTW, what the hell is that screen on the table behind him in our quaint 1970’s boardroom?