Date: 5th June 2018 at 6:04pm
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With a new manager at the helm can Town kick on next season and seriously threaten a return to the promised land? Well, it is probably too much ask but I do have an inkling that we could make the play-off’s because surely injuries cannot blight our prospects to the same extent they did last time around! We have lots of talented young players pushing through too and they will be all the better for another year’s apprenticeship.

It is the beginning of a fresh start for everyone and at long last, pessimism has been replaced by some large mega chunks of optimism and the feel-good factor is very much back in Town! New boss Paul Hurst has renewed our collective belief that with the right kind of stewardship, Portman Road can be rocking again and gone are the days when we go on our travels only looking for a draw!

Of course, if football was as easy to manage as I am trying to suggest then we would all be managers but it takes a certain kind of person to make things happen, and I think this time around, I am warming to this new Marcus Evans appointment.

I guess the┬ábest we could realistically hope for in season 2018-19 is a play-off place – although, for the fun of it, I have placed a bet on Ipswich to win the league at 51/1! Perhaps the key to the season ahead is how quickly Paul Hurst can turn things around? He has been known to play quite conservatively at times and rely on counter-attacking so will we see any significant change in the way we play? Well, I should hope so, as attractive free-flowing football is an intrinsic┬ápart of Marcus Evans five-point plan, and anything less would be seen as a huge disappointment.

I guess we would all love to see Hurst hit the ground running but he has a lot of work on his hands, moulding a squad of players into his own image and liking and off-loading the also-rans. The players that don’t do it for me include Grant Ward and David McGoldrick. Yes, they both have a fair amount of technical ability but are wayward with it and lack, in my view, the sharpness and decisiveness required even at this level of football. Grant started like a house on fire with that unlikely hat-trick on his debut but since then he has largely baffled to deceive and in the case of McGoldrick he has never stayed match fit long enough to make much of an impression at this level for quite some time and his decision-making often leaves a lot to be desired.

Oh well, those big decisions – along with lots of others will fall into the hands of Hurst and Doig and if we can make an early impact at the beginning of the campaign who knows where it might take us? Unlike last season, injuries should not thwart our progress.

FW – editor of Vital Ipswich


4 Replies to “Is Promotion A Realistic Possibility For Town?”

  • I don’t think it’s going to be like the Robson years. Would love to think so but it’s never going to happen give him till Christmas if no change show him the door

  • I think there is room for optimism.Its a new beginning and you would have to pretty negative not to at least think things will
    Improve. McCarthy always seem to suggest that positive,attacking football,controlling the ball,keeping possession etc.was only possible with significant funding.Well we will see.As Frank suggests,surely the injury situation cannot be as bad as last season. It was so bad (eg 12 on the list in August) that some were questioning the staff. We do have some decent players still on the books and some good youngsters coming through.I still think we need a target man type of player,not just to get onto the end of long balls,but to be a physical presence,who can hold up the ball,who bring others into play,and of course score a few. Another experienced central midfielder,say in his mid twenties; and a couple of wide men- Paul Hurst is keen on wingers
    apparently- all of which would make for a very good squad.A top six place would not a be an impossibility.

  • Town fan for 56 years. Yes I do believe that we can make the play offs. Certainly need three or four new players in key areas – both wingers and creative midfielders. Also need a bit of luck when it comes to injuries which blighted our prospects from day one last season. Here’s hoping that season ticket sales rebound following the appointment of Paul Hurst, an appointment which really does seem to be in the best traditions of our club.

  • Thanks for your remarks and input here and I generally agree with all the points raised. Yes, we do need another wide man, and perhaps two, because Grant Ward is not up to it in my view.

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