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"Paul Cook rebuilt Wigan with an entirely new squad in One Summer!"
at 12:05 13 May 2021

Err, no he didn't.

Wigan 2017/18 Appearances

Will Grigg 53 (already there)
Dan Burn 53 (already there)
Gavin Massey 50 (NEW SIGNING)
Michael Jacobs 50 (already there)
Chey Dunkley 50 (NEW SIGNING)
Nathan Byrne 49 (already there)
Max Power 49 (already there)
Sam Morsy 47 (already there)
Nick Powell 45 (already there)
Christian Walton 35 (LOAN)

Where's this one come from?
Crosses and Headers
at 15:52 5 May 2021

Am I right in saying we haven't scored a header from a cross in open play all season?

Bishop got one from a deflected cross and Hawkins from a short corner routine, but directly from a genuine, open play cross?
Short free kicks
at 12:49 17 Apr 2021

Can someone explain why a team as bad as us at getting the ball in the box from open play opts to take so many free kicks short? It's utterly bewildering.
Bizarre Soap Opera of a Season
at 14:56 16 Apr 2021

Rumours the manager was off before a ball was kicked.
The Flynn Downes transfer-sage-wrong-headspace-knee-knack saga
Lambert out dragging on for months
Lee O'Neil's contradicted-within-24-hours press conferences
The January loanee flood
The Lambert-Evans-bad-structure-sacking dance
The on-off takeover and Evans hesitation
The new manager anti-bounce
The drip-drip player sacking
Cook's sack-em-all rage
You have to keep 18
at 08:55 12 Apr 2021

(Slight twist on the usual next season squadthread)

Hypothetical scenario - the new CEO/DOF tells you that any more than 7 new players isn't doable and you've got to keep at least 18 of the players currently at the club for next season. Who are they?
Cook and "Old Generals"
at 10:38 9 Mar 2021

There was some talk about fans of Paul Cook's previous clubs saying he favouring "old generals", so I thought I'd check it out, because it's one of those things football fans tend to say without much provocation.

It doesn't seem to have been true at Wigan -

2017-18: Not a single Over 30 made 10+ starts (Gary Roberts and James Vaughan used as impact subs on occasion). Top 10 starters were all under 25.

2018-19: Top 10 starters include 30-year-old Joe Garner but the rest of them are all mid-20s. Goalkeeper, centre half and right back are 23, 22 and 19. Vaughan, Roberts and Darron Gibson as fringe players.

2019-20: Top 10 starters include 36-year-old goalkeeper David Marshall, but no other over 30s. Mix of ages is 22 to 28, the older players are generally the same players he's using in 2017. Anthony Pilkington and Garner as fringe players.

Mainly he seems to favour peak years players 23 to 28. Not many minutes for teenagers or early 20s, with the exception of Reece James and Joe Gelhardt last season.
back onto the players
at 13:56 6 Mar 2021

45 minutes into the new manager and I can see threads digging out: Bishop, Dozzell, Norwood, Bennetts and Harrop.

Any more for any more?
5 subs?
at 15:08 28 Feb 2021

Noticed that yesterday was the first time we've used 5 subs. Are we missing a trick here? We've got a big squad and plenty of positions where the drop off in quality between starting XI and replacements is negligible.

Wouldn't it be worth just making some pre-planned like for like swaps after 45 minutes and demanding a bit more intensity from both players in each half?

(or is there an obvious reason why no one is doing that?)
Sacking the manager
at 17:12 21 Feb 2021

Since sacking their manager and appointing Lee Johnson (who likely would've taken the Ipswich job too), Sunderland have picked up 23 points in 13 games. If we'd accumulated points at the same rate we'd be 5th and still right in the hunt for 2nd.

Sacking the manager works.
Gonna try it
at 15:19 17 Feb 2021

Gonna not show up for work for 2 years then tell my boss it's their fault because the "structure isn't there to succeed". WIsh me luck
at 19:15 15 Feb 2021

The manager of Accrington Stanley, irritated at his side's sloppy defending after they draw away at the team currently top of the league. Making the point that "contenders" make their own luck. That it's no use "outplaying" anyone if you don't win.

Compare and contrast with the people involved with Ipswich and how they reacted to drawing with Crewe (or even to losing at home at Posh).
at 17:04 13 Feb 2021

Things that were true the last time Ipswich Town were this low in the football league:

Winston Churchill was prime minister.
Rationing was still in force.
Jamaica was still a British colony.
British Armed Forces were fighting in Korea.
Elizabeth II hadn't been coronated yet.
Len Hutton was captain of the England cricket team.
Tony Blair had just been born.
Sir Bobby Robson was playing up front for Fulham.
at 20:52 9 Feb 2021

How does Evans watch us get played off the park like this and think "you know what, I'm getting value for money from the best paid coach in League One"?
ITFC players from around the world 2
at 17:16 8 Feb 2021

Everyone reply with a current/former ITFC player from a different country, each reply has to be a different country, no repetitions.

I'll start
Carlos Edwards - Trinidad and Tobago
Blackpool must hate us
at 15:55 6 Feb 2021

One of the most goal-shy teams in the division and we've now scored 5 times from like 8 shots on target against them - most of them half chances at best.
107-game blip
at 12:58 5 Feb 2021

Good to know the consensus in the club is that all of this is just a "blip". Just as well or we'd have to make big changes to fix everything.
[Post edited 5 Feb 13:11]
Best Paid Manager in League One
at 13:24 10 Jan 2021

Here's something that confuses me. Evans generally speaking is very careful with Ipswich's budget. But... we're currently paying over the odds for the most expensive manager in League One and he's on course to be the worst performing boss in the division, relative to budget, for the second year running.

If our boss is going to run the club into the ground why not at least find someone cheap to do it?
[Post edited 10 Jan 13:29]
4 Years 1 month 3 days
at 17:42 29 Nov 2020

Let's imagine a Dystopian future where Paul Lambert completes his contract. Where will Ipswich Town be on January 1st, 2024?
Josh Emmanuel
at 21:00 24 Nov 2020

What a damning indictment of the club as a whole his performance was.
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