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Should we have the ground exorcised?
at 11:37 22 Feb 2021

Might be clutching at straws or might not be as stupid as it sounds. But when the Budgies rebuilt a stand there was all sorts of stuff written (on here) about what bad karma some could leave in the foundations. Who says we haven't had the same done to us?
A basic exorcism performed by the club chaplain would do the job perhaps?
And may be a few prayers?
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Neither enough money or too little
at 13:21 12 Feb 2021

We seem to hover between having some money to spend but never really enough. We desperately needed a goalscorer but we end up loaning Parrot.
We urgently needed a right back but got yet another CB on loan and now a kid. We think we have players not good enough Donacien, any number of midfielders, strikers either unfit or not good enough etc. so we borrow someone else's kids when we have our own.

It strikes me that if Evans turned off the tap completely we would have had to make do with what we had. I contend that Donacien, Chambers, Woolfenden and Ward with back up from Wilson and Nsiala would have been perfectly good enough and done no worse than what we have achieved with loans etc.

Likewise up front - if we aren't prepared to go and buy someone much better then it is blinking obvious. 442 with narrow midfield; keep the point you have and bang it up to Drinan and anyone else half fit.

We would have as many points as we have now. Indeed possibly more as we would have taken a few off the top eight teams; we all would recognise our limits and not have all the angst of knowing we should do better.

It is galling to watch us play the last twenty minutes of every match one down and with just one up front. Aaaargh!!

In fact if we did all the above and without the ability to actually watch it would be a whole lot better!
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Evans should make a statement
at 09:31 27 Nov 2020

that says something like this (if he believes it of course):
"This club has invested in a management structure and playing style from top to bottom. Whilst we dearly crave promotion as soon as possible we accept that developing a team capable of playing a highly skilled and tactical game takes time. So, we will not be changing manager in the near future and the fans should now choose to get behind Mr Paul Lambert and his staff"
or
"Ipswich continues to lurch from crisis to shambles and back again. I own the club and really don't give a stuff what anyone else thinks. So everyone should take their banners and wrap them up in a brown paper parcel and post it somewhere. By the time Royal Mail deliver it we'll all be dead!"
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Could we furlough Lambert? (n/t)
at 10:13 25 Nov 2020

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The more you see of this
at 10:00 25 Nov 2020

The more you see of this the more you realise just how great Bobby Robson was.
We had players no better than we have now when he started but we played with a simple idea - get a spine down the team and build on it.
A decent keeper, a great centre back, a midfield dynamo, a playmaker, a winger, and a centre forward. That's six players.

Could PL or anyone on here tell me that we have ANY of those. Would Holy make a third choice in Robson's teams? (We never had three keepers in his day!). He reminds me of a tree trunk falling in a forest.
Would any of our so-called centre halves make it? Midfield? - perhaps Downes, Bishop if fit (ah there's another conundrum) a winger? Centre forward - LOL

Instead we've a big squad of very ordinary footballers - most of whom cannot stay fit.
Let's bin the manager, find a man who can spot talent, get rid of anyone unfit, no good and not interested and start again; get in some quality and build a team.

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We won well done Paul Lambert nt (n/t)
at 10:49 22 Nov 2020

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The two sides of Paul Lambert
at 13:27 4 Mar 2020

I think we have seen two sides of Paul Lambert since his arrvail. One is a man who sees the whole picture - an old-fashioned club manager in every sense. He cares about the club, its place in the community, the history, the tradition, the infrastructure, the stadium - everything.
Then there's Paul Lambert the coach. His track record after Colchester and Norwich is not that great really. It seems that perhaps he's not actually a really good coach at all. The bloated, not that great, squad he has inherited and built lack a spine - no core of four or five good players around which to plan anything. Thast has to be down to him.

So what's the answer. We clearly liked getting our club back - God knows it was on its death bed. Now regrettably the patient is back in hospital and we don't know whether we hate Lambert for being incompetent, hate Evans for under-investment or just hate what modern football has become.
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Backbone
at 13:11 2 Mar 2020

Building a side comes down to creating a spine for the team. That means a decent keeper, a good organising centre half, a midfield dynamo and a midfield general, a winger and a goalscorer. Have we got those? Have we had those this season? Last season? Any season?

When Bobby Robson first started here that was what we did - Best, Hunter, Morris, Viljoen, Robertson, Belfitt

After that it was then a case of adding better players and building steadily. Systems only came into it to fit the players to the mould. 433 or 451 I guess in modern parlance.

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The difference between competent coaches and others
at 14:11 25 Feb 2020

A competent coach comes to a football club and looks at the players he has inherited. For a while Lambert did that with us. We still lost games, of course.
Then bit by bit he tinkered - we went from a pretty obvious 442 to a slightly less obvious diamond. Then we got all confused and then wow we decided we'd be 532. But we did that without any proper wing backs, no leftsided player capable of being in a back three and a captain who was never the dominant centre back he is now being asked to be.
We play two up front - but one is a crock, the other is now a crock and the third is all pace and no finesse; and the fourth is coming back from a career threatening injury.
So what are we to do - play 442 with no disciplined wide midfield players; play 532 with no fit wing backs. Not sure I know.
But then that's the difference between a competent coach and others. The others all know best.
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Disinterested manager means
at 07:04 11 Dec 2019

Disinterested players. 6,500 die hard fans. Everyone else disinterested. We got what we deserved last night. Okay the players all tried to a degree but there was no team. No cohesiveness. No closing down in pairs. No triangles. Not much tracking back. All the dirty stuff. The hard graft needed. All missing.

Who'd you blame. Has to be the coaching staff no?
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Chalobah last game?
at 07:07 17 Mar 2019

Chalobah spent ages signing autographs and doing selfies with fans after the game. Was that his last game? It's logical from now on that we play only our own players and perhaps he knows that?
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