A Revitalised Ipswich?

Last season was a disaster for Ipswich Town Football Club. They finished in their lowest league position since the late 50’s. The fans had enough of both owner Marcus Evans, and manager Mick McCarthy. Many were expecting manager McCarthy to walk at the end of the season, but this didn’t happen. And he lead them into the 2017-18 season, where things are actually going okay at the moment….

After a miserable mid table position last season, with Town being involved in a relegation scrap, many wanted McCarthy out, and perhaps it was fair enough to want him gone. The football had been dire. Daryl Murphy who was sold to Newcastle, was replaced by Leon Best, who didn’t score once. We lose on national television to Lincoln, NON LEAGUE LINCOLN! However Evans kept faith in him.

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Ipswich lost 1-0 to then non league Lincoln in injury time on national TV. Ex-Town defender Terry Butcher called it a “utter disgrace.”

McCarthy made some changes from last season, bringing in loan star Emyr Huws from Cardiff. Also the Tractor Boys brought in Martyn Waghorn and Joe Garner for Rangers for a combined total of less than £1m, which seems a bargain. A loan move for Bersant Celina from Manchester City ended a decent transfer window.

It was safe to say, expectations for the season were rather low in the Ipswich camp, with most fans expecting a midtable finish once again. However Ipswich got off to a brilliant start this season with 5 wins in a row; 4 in the league and a win in the League Cup.

Despite a run of just 2 wins from 8 and a derby defeat to Norwich, Ipswich are flirting with the top 8 in the league this season, and recent form has been good with just 1 loss in the last 6. The last game was a brilliant game against Nottingham Forest, which was a free-scoring game. Ipswich came out on top, by four goals to Forest’s two, and it was a great team performance. With performances like that, there is no reason Ipswich can not finish within the top 10 in the league.

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Dominic Iorfa scored his first career goal in the win against Forest (Image: GETTYIMAGES)

That should be Ipswich’s aim at the minimum, perhaps aim even higher and go for the play offs.

Ipswich beat Barnsley celebrations

Last time Ipswich won promotion was 2000

 

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