From a personal perspective, I think not. On the contrary, it would not surprise me at all, if Town found themselves in one of those play-off places against all the odds. Why? well, simply because I have now joined with the majority view that new incumbent Paul Hurst is the ‘real deal’ and can propel us to new heights not known for many years, and his impeccable record speaks volumes about his integrity and the will to win.
Of course the ‘be careful what you wish for’ analysts have convinced the major betting websites that the departure reliably inclined Mick McCarthy, might condemn the Blues into football at a much lower level but I do not buy into this footballing ethos.
Former Town legend Alex Mathie was right to fire those warning shots across the bow but I think even he will reserve judgement on the new gaffer at Ipswich Town, and go probably a smidgeon further and suggest that he is an admirable choice!
Owner Marcus Evans has a clear vision these days of what he wants and what he wants is more or less in keeping with what long-serving Ipswich Town supporters want, and that is to recruit from within and play attractive attack-minded football.
Ipswich Town football club and their loyal supporters deserve something more than the dross that has been dished out over the last five and half years and finally, the belief is back in our blue veins again.
All we need now is to stick together and support the new duo and if we do, I see no reason why this cannot be a fruitful journey for all of us on the road to the promised land.
Let Paul Hurst and Chris Doig place those bookies predictions on the changing room wall and remind our squad of just how pathetic we are deemed to be. I know that if I was a player in the changing room before kick-off seeing that, it would inspire me to prove the doubters wrong and this is surely what we must do if we have any hope of going from strength to strength in the years to come.
I firmly believe that ‘belief’ is 80% of what it takes to win things. From Rafael Nadal to the German football squad it is the belief that is often the difference between success and failure.
What Paul Hurst and Chris Doig need to instil into our squad for next season is the virtues of believing and just where this might take us.
FW – editor of Vital Ipswich