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|Stick With It|
I’m not sure it’s a fair assessment that younger fans don’t care about what the club once was. Personally, my relationship with the club is entirely built on family ties since the late 50s. I am immensely proud of what the club once was. I grew up marvelling at the Boys of 81’- that my club could have achieved such greatness (and ultimately not quite delivered that elusive league title again) and played such bold, attractive football. I am lucky to have grown up with Lyall, Burley and then Royle- I hope that kids today are able to enjoy and feel connected to the club now as I have. Lord knows the last 10 years have been tedious and full of frustration- all we can hope for is that the club might start on an upward trajectory!
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That's a really fair point on giving younger players chances to learn (I think all-round patience is key). My point is really that the manager should be part of a functioning structure without the autonomy that previous incumbents have enjoyed. It is a concern that many players leave ITFC and flourish. Perhaps it is purely circumstantial- i.e. Marriot may have had more game time if he had been around the season following the playoffs. Similarly Matt Clarke would have been behind Berra and Smith as LF CB, and was a make-weight in the Webster deal. Totally agree with the Kieffer Moore observation. Didn't look like a functioning athlete when I watched him and it is easy to have 20:20 vision with hindsight now he is banging in the goals. Let's hope that Lambert can spot a player too, and hope that these types of players will now flourish with us, rather than elsewhere as they will have to be given opportunities in lieu of any investment from Evans.
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Perhaps. I can’t dispute the timing being right, and I was certainly in the camp for change. I guess it is pointless wondering, but I am not sure he would have tolerated all of the departures- however the point really is that until we apply a more effective structure to the management of the club and become less reliant on an individual at the top of it, any success will always be limited and short lived due to the lack of funds Evans is willing to commit (compared to similar sized clubs in the championship). Lambert could well have enough, which would be fantastic in the short term but You cannot be one bad appointment away from relegation and a complete rebuild, and have a chance to compete at the level we want to. The gap financially between L1 & champ is large enough, and will surely get greater with the disparity of TV revenue and general income.
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