Date: 30th December 2016 at 5:49pm
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‘ It`s not nice and none of us want the manager to go. You can`t label this group of players as trying to get the manager sacked – far from it. Everyone`s fighting for him. He`s got a thick skin. He`s been around football (for a long time) and I`m sure we will come out the other end of this, ‘ Town forward Brett Pitman explained to the press yesterday.

But how many of us actually believe it?

Our toothless display in our last home game suggested otherwise and in the end, we were not just beaten but slaughtered by an opposition that played delightful football with no shortage of skill and ingenuity.

And it was not just our performance that gave us serious cause for concern but the overall manner of the defeat. We did not have a single shot on target in the whole match and our attempts to battle back from a two goal deficit were virtually non existent.

In fact, if it had not been for some outstanding saves from Bartosz Bialkowski we would have lost by considerably more.

In the post match interview, McCarthy spent most of the time praising our opponents Fulham, whilst he occasionally accepted that we were our own worst enemies with more poor marking and our tendency to give away needless free-kicks.

But Pitman is defiant and continued to back the Ipswich Town boss:

‘There are probably some teams that you can label as not playing and fighting for their manager but I don`t think that`s the case here at all. I think everybody to a man, is behind the manager and supports the manager – as well as his staff, and is fighting and pulling in the right direction to turn things round.’

Owner Marcus Evans too appears to be of the view that The Blues can turn things around and said in the programme notes for tonight’s game that he still backs Mick to improve our fortunes.

‘Changes of manager inevitably create upheaval and additional costs are incurred often on wholesale change rather than a steady process of improvement.

I have always tried to back our managers for as long as is realistic and I have no plans to change that policy.’

Well then, we will have to wait to see whether this endorsement of Mick and his coaching staff is a sincere appraisal of his efforts so far, or the infamous vote of confidence from the board just before the carpet is swept from beneath his feet?

One thing is certain. Jim Magilton was not so lucky.

Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich


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