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Jackett goes to Pompey
at 19:28 2 Jun 2017

He appeared on several "managers we don't want to be lumped with" threads, yet Pompey, with a strong supporters trust, and following on from Paul Cook, have gone for him on a two year contract (source BBC - 1 hour ago).

What do people think?
We won't sign them from the beaches............
at 12:09 11 May 2017

While Tel was unfolding my deckchair I've just checked TWTD - I never look at it, mind. Seems that fans are gasbagging about players I'm supposed to know about. Here's what I think of that lot! :

Bryan Smeets - is this more Dutch propaganda?

Marley? - Dickens told me he was dead and Terry Butcher seems to know about that anyway.

Luke Berry? - sorry, couldn't get my head around "Berry-y"

Tom Adeyami - his song of Adey's Ami might threaten my own

Ward - Marcus says we've already signed him

Paterson? - Terry thinks we've already signed him

Bart? - They love me at Wolves; they wouldn't do that to me

Wish you were here


P.S. - did you know I've been promoted twice from this ol' league?
McCarthy - Ready for Season After a Disappointing Holiday.
at 20:34 8 May 2017

Flight crew announced at just before 2pm, same old; same old! Anyway, supped up and went off to check in. Several armed guys stood about, but was told it was to keep people in, not out. Nipped up for a coffee, but queue would have meant the flight would have started before I got served.
Rafael Benitez: Newcastle United 'business as usual' despite HMRC investigations
at 19:24 27 Apr 2017

Could turn out to be an unfortunate turn of phrase.
SNP not to endorse two sitting MPs as election candidates - BBC
at 17:04 26 Apr 2017

Well, SNP only play at home so MacSkuglas would be a wee bit defensive, wouldn't it?
Criticism according to position on the Mickometer
at 13:42 23 Apr 2017

So, a long journey, and a return to artless set-up and punchless performance. Some major on the "damned if he does, damned......" line of response; some blame 9 changes; others bewail squad depth; yet others major on criticising the critics. To add to the good old mix, there's a conspiracy theory too - that Mick threw them all because he knew M.E. was coming and wanted to demonstrate the depth of dross he had been dealt.

Yet still some actual facts remain :

• That defence, if Bart had been injured, and Smith not injured, could have passed without comment as a selection in earlier matches
• Diagouraga and Samuel needed looking at if a bid is being contemplated, and Mick's caution had seen no real opportunity till now
• Bishop and Dozzell are regularly touted on here as success in waiting
• Pitman is a proven goalscorer at this level

No way would Mick's caution gone with putting all that together till we were safe, and, if the ST sales were not to be damaged by possible large defeats v Forest and Sheff Wed, yesterday's game was all that remained. Yes, that adds up to 9 changes which seldom delivers, but the fact that the least experienced at this level, Rowe, was the standout is enough to explain Mick's anger with the rest.

When the dust settles the game was not untypical of many this season. Pay your money and make your choice. It's inescapable that we're not very good. Damning those who say so because they seem over-eager to say so changes nothing. Arguments on here may continue to rage around how to best play the cards we've been dealt, but without new dealers I fear we're in for more of the same.
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"what both of us are thinking"
at 19:05 30 Mar 2017

“I think both of us are thinking ‘Well, if we can’t be competitive, what are we doing?’. And whatever competitive is at our level when there’s hundreds of millions being spent.

Does this actually mean anything?

And if it's really indicative of anything significant, is it just saying we are in agreement that it's all so tricky - so we're not the ignorant ones? Next please!
forum hush descends
at 17:43 27 Mar 2017

It's understandable that as the international break drones on towards its close debate on here gets progressively more muted. Any result against Birmingham will see a temporary reigniting of passion, but a 0-0 or 1-1 will quickly restore the cloistered hush till Tuesday.

There seems to be a sense of hopelessness: fans openly agonising over renewals; some calling time on it all; one or two still breathing scorn on the naysayers, but, most significantly - a club that seems to have set its face against communicating in an engaging manner and offering any real glimmer of encouragement beyond the fact that the 92 club will have some new grounds to visit and chalk off.
From Nothing to Something - And Back Again?
at 12:56 21 Mar 2017

On the diamond jubilee of the rise of Ipswich Town from the old Third Division (South) we tremble on the edge of the abyss into which Coventry City have already fallen and have not yet hit the bottom.
McCarthy's hopes
at 15:02 27 Feb 2017

In Mick's latest reported comments he speaks of a "broken" relationship, and of winning back the fans. Of course, results speak for themselves; they win fans over.

But I note he talks only of "our" relationship with fans, not "my". General perception during the darkest days of January, saw fans gradually nailing M.E. as the ogre while thinking of the team itself as struggling - although there was perhaps a game-and-a-half where team morale was questionable. Mick received a lot of sympathy.

But regarding Mick's own presentation, while supporters might be won round again, there is, to my mind, a failure really to connect. This is the more significant when faced with an invisible Evans and a platitudinous Milne. SBR talked of "the club", but the only face and voice of our club today is Mick's, and he is apt to be genial when not being threatened, but to turn hostile and aggressive if he smells criticism, and to demonstrate a regrettable streak that likes to get his retaliation in first.

In a time when we fret over the club's leaden-footed status and its increasingly peripheral reputation, linking perceptions only to last week's result is a nil sum game when there is a league table that can always be relied upon to give a more stubborn interpretation of the overall state of things.

We are a small team in pool of financial big fish. If that's what it's to be, then we need a community approach, informed and led by a management team that relates to the club and the town in a more holistic way. Certainly better results will paper over the cracks, but if (no disrespect to the big lad) we continue to shop mainly at Forest Green and Loan Rangers, then more community engagement would better prepare for the disappointments that must lie in wait.

Spurs will win title within 4 yrs - Harry Redknapp
at 11:48 18 Feb 2017

That's them done for then!
Unethical hair
at 12:04 15 Feb 2017

According to B.B.C. Asamoah Gyan found guilty by U.A.E. authorities of sporting "unethical hair". Ian Marshall might have failed that particular test, but what other Town players past and present might have been cited?
Naked Football Show
at 18:42 8 Feb 2017

What a civilised chat! What charming platitudes on offer to serious questions!

How difficult it all is. Well, we need to get better, and so we will.

Jolly good show!
Conor Sammon
at 22:36 1 Feb 2017

We missed out on him yesterday. Went on loan to Kilmarnock from Hearts where his record was identical to his spell at Town: 19 apps 1 goal.

So, on that sort of form a player could play 380 games finally becoming that famed 20 goal man as in "20 goal-a-career" striker. Still Wiki and the Star will continue to hail you as a striker. We seem in our declining decades to have had a fair few of those. Perhaps we could think of a more apt name (polite please!) such as front runner or forward thinker.
Pulis bids £10m for Livermore.
at 16:49 16 Jan 2017

A decent enough Prem player, but it highlights the financial world in which moderate but established Premier clubs are trading - the knock-on of which sends long-established Championship clubs to look at such as Jordan Spence as cover, or more.

Let go by relegated MK Dons at 26, hopefully, he can still kick on. But the size of that hope may prove almost as big as the aforementioned financial gap.
Nearly had a giant-killing on our hands............
at 17:19 7 Jan 2017

.........shame we couldn't quite pull it off!
A Belated Christmas Carol of Sorts
at 15:59 6 Jan 2017

The Marley deal was dead, no doubt about it. Scrooge looked again as the knocker smiled in a kindly, fair-play sort of fashion, then slowly faded away. He turned the key and entered his very own gloomy arena. A large chunk of ceiling, disturbed by the mere turning of the key, struck him as he climbed the rickety stair to the upper section.
open question on rumour sources
at 10:57 5 Jan 2017

Posters in an earlier thread discussed unreliable websites, debating whether passing on a rumour from such a site constitutes actual rumour-mongering.

Please don't re-hash that actual argument, but my question is: can anyone recall or find a transfer rumour from a generally acknowledged poor website which actually turned out to be accurate and to have got in there first?
2016 points per game
at 09:35 23 Dec 2016

Is Marcus a saviour or a slick operator? Is Mick a dinosaur or a savvy pragmatist? Are they both our best hope or our millstone? The arguments rage on, and sides are taken to the extent that a fan's perspective, if expressed too firmly and too often, mark him or her down as a raver, a dullard, a bore, and, even in extremis, part of ITFC's problem.

But I just find that I don't remember being bored at a football match so very frequently before this.

People often come on here and solemnly pronounce that the table doesn't lie. Well, In a table of points per game for all clubs, published in the Telegraph today, Town, with 1.3 points per match across 2016, sit above only QPR and Rotherham in the Championship. It seems to illustrate what my eyes tell me, but doubtless I may have misunderstood.
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Mick praises Jewell back in the day
at 22:12 21 Dec 2016

While watching the less than gripping Newport v Plymouth I was looking up the Plymouth sub, David Goodwillie, as I seemed to remember Town being linked back in 2011. Now, only still at 27, not even starting for Plymouth.

And I happened on Mick, while at Wolves, praising Jewell as the man to make it happen

McCarthy: Town Have a Chance With Jewell in Charge 1st Aug 2011 08:28
Wolves boss Mick McCarthy says Town have a real chance of promotion back to the Premier League with Paul Jewell as manager. The former Ireland chief has a lot of time for his Blues opposite number, who like him has previously taken two clubs from the Championship into the top flight. 31

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