Date: 27th December 2016 at 4:53pm
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Another home defeat and another set of familiar excuses from our manager Mick McCarthy. When it comes to post match press conferences, he might be advised to leave a pre-recorded message.

The sad fact of the matter is that supporters are becoming increasingly tired of his excuses – which are largely delusional anyway, as far as I can see.

I mean how can anyone refer to Jonathan Douglas as ‘different class’ – unless it is intended as a derogatory remark?

Douglas stays in the team – even when we are struggling it seems and if we believe the gaffer, he is doing an outstanding job. Sadly, this is not what is witnessed from a spectators perspective and many believe he is part of the reason for our demise.

The truth of the matter is that we are going backwards and have been for some time now.

Radio Suffolk’s football analyst Mick Mills suggested that the trouble with Town is that the players follow instructions to the letter and are not able to think outside the box. Former manager and player Jim Magilton also felt that the Blues lacked leadership. ‘Too many sheep and not enough Shepherds,’ he tweeted.

Certainly shooting outside the box is also a problem, as we could not deliver a single shot on target against Fulham at the weekend.

How cruel it is then that over 19,000 supporters had to watch a Town side in rapid decline. Many will not be back to Portman Road in a hurry and Mick McCarthy knows it.

I guess privately, owner Marcus Evans must reflect on dismissing our very own Jim Magilton so quickly after he took over the club. In fairness, the Northern Irishman was very unlucky because under his guidance Town played some great football and his track record was more than reasonable when you compare it with Keane and Jewell.

Mick McCarthy says he is going nowhere after this latest defeat and if there is one thing he has said of late that makes some sense then it is this. But it is Town who are going nowhere – except perhaps backwards, as we struggle to steer clear of the relegation zone, that seems to get closer and closer every week.

I am not an advocate of a manager losing his job. On the contrary, I am proud of our record of giving the new boss time but four years on and we are regressing not progressing, which should be of serious concern to all of us right now.

Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich


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