Date: 20th May 2017 at 4:26pm
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Last season is definitely one to forget and for so many different reasons. It was not just our football that let us down but our lack of ambition and usually I hate it when the last ball has been kicked but on this occasion, it came as a bit of a relief.

Now it is not all Mick McCarthy’s fault and it is about time that owner Marcus Evans pulled his finger out and starting investing again in the squad in the same way he did with Keane and Jewell.

If he does what we all fear and that is nothing of any great significance then be warned, our days are numbered in this division too and last season bore witness to our rapid decline.

We know it is not always the recipe for success but the alternative is much more depressing, as other clubs increase their spending to attract bigger names we are seemingly content on doing the complete opposite.

The reason that gate receipts are diminishing is because supporters are sick of seeing the same old tactics and the same uninspiring football week in and week out.

There once was a time when Ipswich Town was everybody’s second favourite team and this was mainly because we were always seen as the underdogs who defied football logic and did it by playing some very exciting football.

In the dark days of now, I often look back at the thumping of Manchester United in March 1980 when third placed Ipswich stuffed United 6-0 and managed to miss three penalties in the process!

Yes, it was not just the silverware that was memorable in those days but amazing results like that, which seems to be a million light years away from where we are now sadly.

These days it was Leicester City last term and perhaps Bournemouth this, who have given supporters a soft spot for another club.

We have become a bit of a football joke and our lack of investment in the playing squad is a very major cause for concern.

Marcus Evans is one of the richest men in Britain and if he really is serious about getting the Blues back to the Premiership, then he must back Mick McCarthy with some real spending power.

It is unlikely that we will ever be the force we once were but we have to at least try to be and Evans is the man that really could make Ipswich great again – if only put his heart into it.


Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich

 

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