Date: 4th January 2017 at 3:51pm
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Marcus Evans talked up his five point plan in last weeks programme notes but is there any substance behind his words?

In the East Anglian Daily Times there was a poll conducted in which over 1,000 supporters aired their views and the general consensus was that manager Mick McCarthy will not implement them.

Only 18% of the votes cast thought he would and 82% thought that he wouldn’t, which tells you everything you need to know about what the fans think of the Mick McCarthy era.

It often seems to be a case of all talk and inaction from the Town boss but I suppose the next question should be, how sincere is owner Marcus Evans?

A 2,000 word action plan is all very well but what are the chances of it actually being fulfilled?

Let us remind ourselves about what exactly the owner promised?

1. He intends to provide a significant ongoing financial commitment to the club`s academy whilst there is a steady flow of players coming into the first-team squad.

2. He intends too to provide a sustainable and competitive salary budget so that we can compete with other Championship clubs.

3. And to make annual investment funds available to purchase players in the early stages of their careers and to assist in the development of the youth squad so that our manager has the resources to develop the team in the long term.

4. Maintain a stable management and coaching team and that means sticking with what we got and not changing coaches – or indeed managers, at the drop of a hat.

5. The long term objective is to develop a team that can play attacking football, which could be a feast for the eyes!

We seem light years away from that at the moment and is it any wonder that supporters generally have little faith in Mick McCarthy to deliver the goods?

Frank Weston – Editor of Vital Ipswich


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