Date: 29th October 2018 at 8:16pm
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He has gone against the proud traditions of Ipswich town football club, by firing a manager in next to no time but was this a panic attack or sheer ruthlessness?

Well, people with long memories might recall what he did when he first arrived on the scene as the new owner of Ipswich Town football club. Jim Magilton was the first to experience the Marcus Evans ruthless streak when he was fired on 22 April 2009, when the team failed to make the play-offs and yet Town finished a very respectable ninth that season and he got Town to an impressive 8th-place finish the season before – missing out on the play-offs by just a single point.

I thought at the time that this was a very harsh dismissal and if we look at the way we have performed ever since then the quality of our football has deteriorated steadily year on year. I think Evans was looking to bring in a big name in to boost attendance figures and hopefully get the Tractor Boys back to the promised land but we all know the damage that Roy Kean did to this club.

Now I am quite sure a lot of you are of the view that Evans was right to show Paul Hurst the door. He had won but one game all season and we were bottom of the table but as we witnessed on Saturday afternoon against Millwall, there is no magic cure for a team of very average individuals. Whether you like Paul Lambert or not is not the issue. The issue is how does he turn on its head a team that never really looks much like scoring, whilst at the same time preventing our defence from suffering from lapses in concentration that has cost us year on year?

Lambert has to wait until January to go into the transfer market and in the meantime, he is left with a squad that looks decidedly low on self-belief and seriously lacking any cutting edge.

The next game at Portman Road against Preston could make or break our season. If we could somehow sneak a win, then the feel-good factor will certainly help our cause but anything less, and we really are in dire straights and Mr Evans poor managerial judgement over many years is the root cause of it.

F.W.                                         editor of Vital Ipswich


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