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The five year plan
at 05:57 1 Nov 2017

Or whatever time frame was indicated said something about bringing through the younger players whilst remaining reasonably competitive. Seems to me that is exactly what we are doing. That we don't like the result is mostly down to investment in better and ready to play footballers. If that's the plan that Milne, Evans and MM are following then all the bleating on here is a waste of keystrokes.
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Trying to see all sides
at 16:30 31 Oct 2017

There are clearly now an entrenched group of Town fans (not really very many but certainly the most vocal) who want MM out whatever the situation. They strike me as the same mob that hounded out Magilton, and before that originally did not want Joe Royle. The same people who thought Keane was a God until they found out he had feet of clay.
In MM we have a dour, honest bloke; set a bit in his ways but relatively sure of what makes a good player and thus ultimately a decent team. Tactically at times he's not as clever as some but he's doing a half decent job with a bunch of journeymen footballers and the occasional golden nugget. A mix of solid, dependable, honest and industrious. Our entire squad cost less than most of the top six have spent in just, say, two years....
...changing the manager won't solve the problem. Only an injection of money linked to a plan for improvement year on year will do that. And there my friends is our problem - we have no one prepared to inject enough money consistently and over a relatively short period of time.... MM may well go; the mob may have its wish and maybe we'll get a magician who can do better with the same or less...don't bank on it.
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The £10 Children's ST
at 13:40 22 Mar 2017

The club announced it was hiking the £10 seat to £50 but "giving" back most of the cost in Team Points. They are doing it, so they admit, because of the abuse by Season Ticket holders buying up spare seats. More than a year ago they threatened all the "adults" on the Lower Britannia terracing with a "forced" move. "The terrace is becoming full and we may soon have a waiting list for family tickets". The £50 move is, I think, part of the manoeuvering of position so that they can eventually enforce a move on the child-less adults left on that terracing.
For some of us we have been standing or sitting on that terrace for over fifty years; some of us started there with children - those children now adults. Last year in our little family group we had four adult tickets and three children's seats. Of those three junior seats none was occupied permanently - they were shared out between a 5, 8, 10 year old, an upgrade or two, and occasionally an adult friend whose ST is elsewhere. We bought shirts and hats and scarves, an occasional pie or pint and a hot drink. Next year we'll be down to three adults, no shirts, no hats and no future fans.
Can anyone tell me how the club understands its fan base and how we behave? There's about 26,000 "home" seats which will be over half empty. And yet the club has decided (amongst other things) to pursue a flawed policy on unused children's ST's
Add in the hike for the grandparents (not actually us) and it just seems madness. No other business trying to grow would do such disjointed marketing. - only ITFC.

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Maximising revenue
at 09:22 24 Jan 2017

Since so much about Portman Road nowadays seems to be about saving a few quid here and there (and eking out every pound for the budget on loanees etc.) I remain a little surprised that the Marcus Evans brand wants to be associated in such a massive way. One of the (alledgedly) foremost ticket and hospitality brands is plastered all over a second-rate, penny-pinched, shabby old football club. It's probably the wrong time to try to sell anything like corporate sponsorship but it seems to me that Marcus Evans has some very poor advisers. I'd have sold the naming rights to every stand - even a few quid here and there; put paying sponsors on the back and the front of the shirts and relegated my own ME involvement to perhaps renaming the ground. The Marcus Evans Stadium. We could etch the Marcus Evans logo into the moss on the North Stand. All that lot should just about bring in a grand or two and probably completely pee off the last of the die-hard fan base. Go on Evans - do it....you know you'd love to.
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The lack of tactical nouse on the pitch
at 20:55 18 Jan 2017

Perhaps already discussed but why were we all up for the free kick on 90 minutes when a half hour of extra time was beckoning? Common sense should have left at least three players back for any slip or fast break. Extra time and perhaps fitness levels might have helped. That really should be the on pitch captains call.
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Enough now
at 07:44 18 Jan 2017

MM has to go. First time ever I've said a manager must go. Even Keane I just watched as a car crash bound to happen. But this situation is like watching Apaches skinning a man alive. No more torture. Douglas must never wear a town shirt again. Berra should now be benched and moved on. Best too. The rest are just about ok with a dynamic manager who cares and who can take risks. We could do worse than Terry Butcher who many years ago had a Coventry side that ripped Spurs apart. I was there in my exile years living in the midlands. As a long time ST holder I won't quit but lately I've missed games and no longer minded. Go MM. Sell up Evans or put in more cash.
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You judge a book by its cover
at 09:27 23 Oct 2016

You know how great a film is by watching five seconds. You judge a season by a handful of games whilst in the midst of an injury crisis. You judge how good you are by the last team you played. That's how it works. Isn't it?
It must be coz I read a handful of posts on TWTD.
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Attack minded or defensive
at 10:06 2 Oct 2016

451 can either be attack minded or defensive. Away from home I would perhaps accept for some opposition we would think defensive but at home the other way round. Bru, Douglas and Skuse is the wrong combination. It isolates Bru. Replacing like for like when creating nothing is idiocy. And when a goal down is downright suicidal. As soon as we conceded Douglas should have come off. Or even go three at the back. No Game plan is what turns me against MM.
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Manager over achieves with resources he is given
at 06:59 28 Sep 2016

What should his reward be?
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It's not as simple as just replacing a manager
at 08:18 25 Sep 2016

Clubs that sack managers have to also think about structures. Back room staff, assistant coaches, scouting and so much else. Before MM we had basically dismantled all that. So be very careful what we wish for. Oh yes if we threw twenty five million at a season then we might indeed want a better manager, or would we?
MM would dearly love two decent wingers and a centre forward. But even twenty five million might not deliver those. We're tight, competitive and amongst the top half teams on the back of minimal investment compared to a dozen other clubs. On the money we spend we are where we deserve to be. No more no less.
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Looking forward to lots of goals
at 07:40 10 Sep 2016

Now that referees are giving penalties for man making at corners I fully expect a hatful at most games. It'll last a month until there's another ref review. Teams will play for corners if this continues. Last night the annoying thing was the timing of them. We got undone by two incidents but there were a several others at times both ends.
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Do some posters on here actually understand the term BUDGET
at 14:29 21 Jul 2016

Presumably with the income we get from ticket sales, some cash from the Prem and TV and other places, and our benevolent owner top ups we have a budget.
We then spend that budget on running the club.
If that then means there is no money for transfers or better players we make do with what we have.
The ONLY argument seems to be do we want a pragmatist for our manager - someone who understands the players and their limitations; who sets out a formation and plays a system. That strikes me as MM and TC.
Or do we want to "take a chance" on some unknown who just might be better at making silk purses out of sow's ears.
So please, please, please all make your minds up and simply stop posting all the vitriol. If you don't like ME, MM and TC for God's sake just leave. If you can stomach them for God's sake just support the team.
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