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hmmm, just legs
at 19:15 17 Jul 2024

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Yesterday, we were the 9th highest transfer spenders in Europe
at 17:15 17 Jul 2024

You've kinda dodged the question.

The issue with our Tier 2 Academy is that it's been chronically underfunded by Evans. Since GC have taken over, there has been significant investment in the Academy but, as you well know, it's not likely to bear fruit for a little while yet.

So, of the current crop, can you name anyone you'd play in the Prem?

As for the comment regarding KM, not exactly sure I would agree.

The very clear and obvious example is Hutch, who KM and his wider team really helped develop. He's also developed Davis, Burns, Chappers, Broady as well. These are not 'old' players but to suggest KM isn't interest in young player development is categorially wrong. Development of players is a two fold process for KM and the Club. Obviously in the first instance to make us a better team but also to ensure that our players have re-sale value as well.

It's a very odd and incorrect take you have on this.
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Yesterday, we were the 9th highest transfer spenders in Europe
at 15:35 17 Jul 2024

"Not much enthusiasm for the flow of home-grown talent coming through the academy on here any more."

Given the rapid rise of the first team over the last couple of years - who would you say is up to Prem standard from our Tier 2 setup?
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Does anyone read the ‘tractor girls sign’ stories?
at 15:34 17 Jul 2024

Yup.

Have watched the women play a fair few times.
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Our home kit is growing on me a bit more now...
at 11:55 16 Jul 2024

Someone mention Jay Tabb?

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TWTD men of a certain age...
at 09:21 16 Jul 2024

Nose hair is more of an issue.....head hair, less so there days.
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Where do Ipswich supporters live?
at 08:57 16 Jul 2024

Morning cheerful.
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Southgates decision?
at 12:43 15 Jul 2024

If we are going to compare KM to Southgate then, on paper, they are both excellent at coming second (ohh err missus).

However, that 'stat' hides a lot. They both have taken a team and made them gel and become more cohesive and also played better, more effective football.

But...in the last 12 months, whereas KM has kept that progression going and, moreover, has shown he adept at tweaking his approach to matches and set-backs whilst staying true to his ethos, Southgate has regressed.

In the last 12 months - we have regressed. Whereas before under Southgate we had a mix of defensive solidity with the ability to attack at high tempo, with verve and blow teams away - now, it's a low block with player seemingly incapable or unable to move outside their given parameters. England have looked slow both in and out of possession at this tournament.

So, when comparing KM and Southgate - the 'finish 2nd' hides a heck of a lot.
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Southgates decision?
at 10:47 15 Jul 2024

Early doors under Southgate he had a good mix of solidity at the back but also going forward we did so at a good tempo and were a good attacking threat.

I would say he has regressed in the last year or so.
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Come off it Chelters
at 10:08 15 Jul 2024

I'm not sure now that he can be judged as successful.

I suppose, he can, in comparison, as you say, to other recent managers but the reality is - he's had three very good opportunities to win major tournaments and he hasn't managed to get over the line.

I feel he's regressed, genuinely, whilst he's always had us defensively solid - we played with a lot more tempo, verve and attacking threat under him in the early part of his tenure.

It's a real shame but he should have won a couple by now.

Stick or twist?
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Southgates decision?
at 09:53 15 Jul 2024

If there is no one better - then Southgate stays.

The question then, is, could someone get 10% more from this group.
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Come off it Chelters
at 09:51 15 Jul 2024

The question, though, is simply this.

Given the aim must be to 'win' tournaments, the fact Southgate has got us further than any recent incumbents is certainly good but he win one?

Or are there better options to get that extra 10% out of this group?

If we are being honest - surely you would have expect at least 1 if not 2 by now?

His early tenure was refreshing, solid but positive in terms of style and approach. Recently he seems to have regressed in terms of tactics and style - looking a lot more reserved and defensive. Why?
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Although I very much like our transfer window so far
at 22:33 12 Jul 2024

Can safely say, having watched him for the Hammers last season. He, sadly, wouldn't be good cover...his legs are gone.

There's no way he can do what Davis does now.

I'll tell you what...Cresser is a player KM absolutely would have had back in the day though.
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Although I very much like our transfer window so far
at 19:16 12 Jul 2024

I think that is a sentiment a lot of us would agree with.

Not the bit about you talking out of your rear end but the bit about a little smidgen of genuine Prem quality.
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So. Regular football watchers
at 18:41 11 Jul 2024

Blond haired Turkish forward looked an ideal player for us.
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Big Screen
at 22:22 10 Jul 2024

Dutch chucked an extra body in there 2nd half. No space to work as he did first half.
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Did the Dutch lay a glove on us? (n/t)
at 22:06 10 Jul 2024

Our response to going a goal down was superb.
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Did the Dutch lay a glove on us? (n/t)
at 22:05 10 Jul 2024

I genuinely thought we were far the better team.

The Dutch stifled the second half. Koeman went full on Southgate.
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Did the Dutch lay a glove on us? (n/t)
at 21:59 10 Jul 2024

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Foden and Saka are our two best players (n/t)
at 20:40 10 Jul 2024

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