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Cook: I Don’t Fear Making Decisions
at 15:54:34

Now 60 years on from watching my first game against the mighty Tottenham (which included my favourite player, John White) I can safely say that after many memorable seasons of supporting Town and the complete disillusionment of the Keane, Jewell, Hurst and particularly McCarthy eras under Evans, this season has been a breath of fresh air, even though it's been a roller coaster ride. OK there's a lot of ground to make up but at last I'm feeling optimistic!!
Cook: So Important We Keep Tabs On Lads On Loan
at 11:20:20

It's refreshing to see a Manager keep an eye on the players out on loan and encouraging for those guys too.

I have a suspicion that come next season we will see Ndaba in the first Team squad. He's left footed, quick and strong and currently receiving rave reviews at Salford.

I think we still have a vacancy in that position?
Reid Could Reprise Wigan Role at Town
at 10:09:38

Why not?

Paul Cook knows the guy and Peter Read has a lot of football knowledge to tap into, so should be a no brainer if he wants to come on board.

I'm sure he would have Cook's respect and wouldn't be afraid to voice an opinion, just as most of us do watching Ipswich Town!!!
Cook: New Signing Yengi Has Really Good Qualities
at 12:26:28

Perhaps Mr Cook needs to look at the ages messrs Burley, Wark and Beattie hit the 1st Team. Seventeen if memory serves me.

If they are good enough, age should not be a barrier.

Cook needs to sort out his best Team and not shoe horn favourites into the Side. Why not try Harper in the 10 slot, why not try a different formation and please start using the subs properly.

If something is not working then clearly changes need to be made earlier.
Cook is No Gamechanger
at 17:52:50

After the Morecambe game I thought that the engine room was in good shape but after watching them get outgunned by the MK Dons midfield the writing was on the wall and yesterday they went completely awol.

The defence looked vunerable each time Bolton attacked and apart from Aluko who was pretty sharp all game and Burns during the first half with some surging runs, no one else came out of the match with any credit. We actually seemed disinterested second half and devoid of any ideas. OK we should have gone in 3-2 up at half-time if Bonne had not scuffed a really good opportunity, but to totally capitulate second half was unacceptable and embarrassing to watch.

The number 10 seems to be a big problem too and having watched Chaplin put in two fairly light weight performances in that position he clearly isn't the answer. Maybe Celina or Aluko could fill that role.

I had high hopes of Cook but he must surely be looking over his shoulder now. His beloved system is only effective if all the components are working. Sadly for him not many parts are fully functioning and frustratingly he doesn't seem to have a Plan B!!!
Cook: One of the Toughest Days I've Had in Management
at 21:37:05

The Defence was a shambles and both Evans and Harper wentmissing for most of the match.
Bonne missed a sitter which would have put us 3-2 up at the break. Instead Bolton scored a third and from that moment on the Team just switched off.

Second half was embarrassing.

The only bright light was Sone Aluko who looked a different player to the rest of the Team. I think he could play the 10 role really well and to be honest once again Chaplin looked light weight in that position.
Cook: Soft Goals Are Hurting Us
at 20:13:19

I thought MK Dons moved the ball well and the centre two probably got the better of our two in midfield. That said we created some good chances through Edwards excellent crosses and Burns was unlucky hitting the post. The players need to time their runs into the box better. Fabulous goals from Bonne.

Thought the goalkeeper should have been more central for the free kick as he gave himself too much to do.

Enjoyed the game and can only think the booing at the end was down to frustration at losing through yet another soft giveaway.
Building a High Performance Team at ITFC
at 16:27:29

Patience is a virtue of which most of us have none, so I guess sitting back and enjoying the journey is probably good advice.

Jaime is right since the Keane era things both on and off the field have been in serious decline.
Cook: Recruitment Probably Close to the End
at 19:50:43

Message to the Manager...please don't just accommodate players such as Chaplin and Barry. We know that they are good players, but it's pretty obvious to most of our supporters that Fraser should be playing as the number 10 and is wasted out wide. Likewise give Edwards a decent run out on the left wing.

Feed the Pig!!!
Downes: We Came to an Agreement That I Wanted to Leave
at 10:28:10

''The most enjoyable game I've ever played in'' says a lot for the football us supporters have had to endure for so many years. ''The play was so slow and had no purpose''.

Tell us about it Downes particularly as you were one of the main culprits. I well remember one game on ifollow where you took a free kick on the half way line and decided to play it back towards our goal resulting in Nsiala getting in a right mess and eventually scrambling the ball away when under pressure from the opposition. So from a position where you could have played an offensive pass forwards we ended up in a defensive one.

No wonder Cook had seen enough to know that the old guard were not going to take us anywhere but down the table and probably relegation over time, a conclusion we had all reached some time ago!
Cowley: Blues Target Morrell Turned Down a Significantly Better Offer
at 20:52:15

Morrell wanted first team football but obviously realised that he'd have a job shifting either Evans or Harper, so opted for Portsmouth.

All the other verbals about the Manager was a big factor etc are typical player rhetoiric and meaningless.

If he was nailed on for a position in the Team and with the money Town were prepared to pay him he'd have been here like a shot.
Joining Town Keane's Biggest Regret
at 16:06:11

You joining us as Manager was our biggest regret. No managerial skills, awful recruitment and oh yes letting Jordan Rhodes leave us for peanuts!!!
Cook: I'm Delighted With the Deals We've Done
at 08:08:20

A way to go yet Pavlov's Cat.

We need an energetic engine room to win the battle in midfield.

Three quality signings so far and I imagine a good keeper, two centrehalves, a left back, another midfield player, winger and two centre forwards must be on the wish list.

If they maintain the quality signings I think we are in for an exciting season.

Time is our biggest concern as PC's emphasis on fitness means that some of the new guys will be playing catchup and adjusting to the new style of play.

The next couple of weeks is crucial!!
Speculation on Town's Available Players Gets Under Way
at 11:47:05

Piss off the Manager at your peril then???

I think he'd seen enough to say these players are not going to be able to play my system.

Let's face it the last few seasons have been bloody awful.
Jeffers at Playford Road For Talks
at 16:43:44

Well he was known as ''the fox in the box'', so hopefully he can educate our forwards on how to score goals???

If I remember rightly he was a bit of a ''sicknote'' in his playing days?

Clever forward though!!
Cook: Painful Nights Like These Hurt Me Deeply and I'm Sure They Hurt Our Supporters
at 22:59:00

Cmon guys this has nothing to do with Manager. Even Pep would struggle with this lot. For several seasons we've all said it.....THE BOTTOM LINE IS THEY ARE NOT UP TO THE TASK AND ARE JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH...Lambert took us for idiots painting rosy pictures week after week when we all knew the truth and before him Hurst wasted good money on too many lower league players who didn't have the nous for the job. You can't make a silk purse out of a sow's ear. Hopefully Cook will have the opportunity to bring in proper blokes to do the job. Only the can we fairly jude him.
Jackson and Sears Start at Northampton
at 18:57:31

totally agree brave many times is he going to be in the last chance saloon???? I think I'll save my tenner!!!!
Bakay: European Super League Driven By Greed
at 08:00:03


They have to have the courage to say I don't support this League by boycotting matches and not subscribing to TV channels that cover the matches.

Bristol City Confirm Ashton Exit
at 15:27:48

C'mon he must have something about him. He negotiated buying Adam Webster from us on the cheap for 3.5 mill and sold him to Brighton for 20 mill. When did we last have a footballing CEO who sold our players for a decent price?

My only concern is his future relationship with Paul Cook who according to one of the Bristol Newspapers was up for the City job in the summe,r but was not considered culturally suited to the Club whatever that means. One assumes Ashton would have been involved in any Managerial appointments ar the time.

I sincerely hope that they do hit it off because with the right support I firmly believe our Manager has the right credentials to take us to the promised land.
Cook: Very, Very Exciting Times Ahead Under Fantastic New Owners
at 11:43:56

Arnie, I think all he needed was an arm around the shoulder to tell him he was important to the future of Ipswich Town and O'Leary looks like a decent Chairman and a footballing person.

As for the fans I really don't thing Pep could do much with the present squad as sadly they are just not good enough.

Cook created very good Teams both at Wigan and Portsmouth and I can still remember the latter playing Championship Ipswich Town off the Park in an F.A. Cup match several years back when they were a 2nd Division Side.

I think it will be a busy summer with at least seven or eight of the present squad departing, not including any of the non existant loanees!!
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