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Premier League, EFL and PFA Issue Joint Statement
at 17:46:39

Measured , realistic ,objective ,empathetic and thankfully sincere and professional !COYB
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Sears No Fan of Behind Closed Doors Games
at 16:37:39

A succinct view from a man who genuinely enjoys his profession and whose enthusiasm remains obvious , even when the frustration is plain !
COYB
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EFL Board Meeting This Morning
at 13:02:21

Very difficult to see how ,or even if, finite time scales can be properly contemplated ,particularly at this stage .
BUT if Clubs decide they do wish each league competition played out ,then in principle that decision can be taken ,though no time scale ought to be anyhere near a proposal until a more accurate analysis of the medical, clinical crisis is available .
Let’s hope for wisdom and a clear debate which we can all respect !
COYB
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O'Neill on Season Tickets, Kits and Contracts
at 19:07:47

Come on !! Where’s the personal commitment to believe rather than permanently seek to pick holes, criticise and exercise what often looks like personal grudges ?
LO’N is a man of sincerity and integrity ,honestly doing and delivering the best he can in what are the most exceptional circumstances any of us has ,and hopefully ever will experience !
COYB

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Lambert: What’s Going On at the Minute is Crazy, There Are More Important Things Than Football
at 10:55:50

Seems all too clear the behavioural scientists were right to worry about emotional reaction and over reaction !
Pl speaks in a manner many will find sympathy and empathy with BUT it’s yet unclear what is the true analysis of the situation and we are certainly stepping into the relatively unknown ,Calm reasoning and mutual respect and trust will be characteristics to stand all in good stead !
COYB
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EFL to Meet This Morning to Make Decision on Games
at 10:34:13

Very difficult challenge all round ; almost a no win ,no win situation .
The many risks of course need to be balanced and weighed , but we must hope the country doesn’t get into a state of ‘total panic ‘ alongside a pandemic .
There’s so much we yet don’t know about the virus , more about the effects on the body , BUT calm and collected reasoning and analysis will do most to help weather the ‘storm ‘ .
The science appears to tell us so far that it’s basically the ‘old ‘ — er than 60 - who are likely to be most liable to serious illness , and if so then most of the population have relatively less to worry about .
Sadly ‘cash flow’ will be affected or even suspended for lots of businesses and this will be the root of serious on- going problems : so many aspects need to be taken into account !
Let’s all hope for the best ,be sensible and trust the decision makers will be blessed with wisdom .
COYB
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Judge Out for the Rest of the Season
at 19:03:54

Real pity for him ,and we must hope the recovery is good and complete for him so enabling his career to continue .
As with others, however , he’s not consistently shown his all round ability nor convincingly demonstrated the sort of command of technique I think we thought he’d bring to the side .
In particular he’s not managed to convert his energy and footballing skill/ knowledge and awareness into goals .
All the best AJ , look forward to a complete recovery and revival !
COYB
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Skuse: Performance Showed We’ve Not Thrown in the Towel
at 16:42:04

Right from the beginning we’ve continued to exhibit the same sort of failings that have bedevilled ITFC for years,with only some exceptions ( & many will recall the enthusiastic contributions from Marshall ,Mathie , Bent ,Kukl,and Murphy & others before them too ) BUT we’ve lacked a midfield scoring contributor for years and years ; we’ve also not found the physical specimens to bolster our squad !
Football has changed quite a lot it seems : the loan system did enable successful imports , but no longer .Older players have now been far too well rewarded at the higher levels and see no profit in playing down the leagues ( retire , go into punditry or commentary ?) and so any effort to find influential mid fielders or commanding centre backs is a frustrating and problematic exercise !
On field we’ve a number who shouldn’t be in our squad, don’t contribute consistently , don’t look the part ,don’t seem to understand the game , positioning and have not acquired any sense of hunger or possess a calculating ounce of incision and determination ; hence not enough goals ,not enough real penetration and little vision .
Many of those brought here by Hurst were simply not up to the task : that’s not their fault but has lumbered ITFC completely with an uphill struggle to reform the base for the future !
This is NOT Paul Lambert’s fault ,but a fait accompli he has the unenviable task to put right !
Let’s gat off his back ; become much better assessors of the skills , technique ,commitment ,general ability and drive of those on the pitch !
CS does not deserve the unacceptable emotional drivel too frequently written on this site ,which carries the negative to unbelievable extremes ; weARE supposed to be supporters through thick and thin !!
It’s also high time the EADT revolved to become positive ,but I suppose it’s ingrained to pick on the critical and emphasise the weaknesses rather than look intelligently to analyse , even occasionally ,the reality and predicament which will take time to escape from !
So COYB , there’s many who will still believe and support OUR football club !
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Warnock Linked Again But No Contact With Town
at 15:12:05

Quite simply — NO thanks ;we’ve had enough of changing crew and navigators for a few years and should stick with what we have at least to the end of the season.
If there’s complaint it ought to be addressed to ME himself who , it seems , is even now totally unaware of the need for a reserve of shekels to bolster requirements during the season( any season we’ve witnessed in his tenure ; get real M.E !) .
COYB
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Judge: As Low as I've Felt in My Career
at 10:19:05

Absolutely NO comment ; but you all need to show some real spunk !!
COYB
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Ipswich Town 0-1 Fleetwood Town - Match Report
at 22:09:37

We need to see and hear understandable contrition from PL; speak it clearly and slowly,make it simple for the average listener to grasp ,even if you’ve to ditch the Glaswegian garble .Its no more attractive than the efforts to explain,apologise or imorove the dire performances from the side you manage ,supposed to represent ITFC !
What do you propose ? Like many , I’m sure, I’m not interested any more in explanations but in solid proposals for action !
Identify publicly those who aren’t up to it ,most who came from PH ,but where and how can we expect to see confidence instilled : isn’t this demonic failure getting under your skin ?
Time for action from the top down :something has to give & may be one or two have to go !!
COYB
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Ipswich Town 0-1 Fleetwood Town - Half-Time
at 21:03:54

Sick parrot you have it succinctly in one !PL must show initiative , completely change the outlook and set up,for the second half and inject life and passion on to the field !
There are players on the pitch who’ll likely never score , never look dangerous , never appear hungry and never show us the creative instinct we hope for .
For heavens sake PL show us what you can do ; this is truly awful to read and must be worse to watch !
COYB
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Sears: You’ll Know By the End of This Week Where We’re Going to Be
at 10:30:00

A refreshing and totally honest delivery from a player who always displays enthusiasm and is equally always prepared to give all no matter where he is asked to play !
It seems some of our recruits over the last two years distinctly lack these attributes ( & quite probably others !) : really is time to sort the men from the boys , lay the truth on the line ,expose the indifferent ,the incapable and the ill equipped and accept that there are identifiably some who would have to go even if we went up — so say it now ;let them fester elsewhere but just maybe a clarion call will hit home hard and the consequences will dawn on them and their families .
It’s got to come about ,so let’s get on with it !
COYB
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Sears: Same Old Story
at 14:32:48

Coded language says players are NOT satisfied with how goals are being not just conceded , but GIVEN away ; whilst we need to score , we also need to defend !It seems the identical syndrome from too many — an inability to consistently focus , a lazy attitude to the fore ,and a weak and often pathetic display of so called regret both on the pitch and off !
Watching regularly ( and I’m afraid we can’t ) must be purgatory and loyalty is NOT being repaid by the performance of some players .Either they can’t , or don’t want to rise to the challenge ; or if we are to be truly brutally objective ,are simply inadequate physically , intellectually or , and I pray not , just too comfortable training and taking the money and need to be shown the door pretty early on .
Most supporters would readily compile a well thought through list of playing personnel who for one reason or another do not measure up !
Can’t think the playing squad wouldn’t have words to offer along much the same lines ! Sadly history has served ITFC badly ,and we must continue to wonder if there’s enough steel for hard decisions to be activated ?
Might now be the moment to put a few on to the transfer list ,declare the hand and start the shake out ?
Action please from ME, o’N,PL ASAP !
COYB

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Lambert: That Was a Sore One
at 19:32:35

PL is correct , immediately after any game is NOT the moment to publicly arrive at a definitive conclusion ,especially not for media consumption .
Some 24 hours measured thought is needed ,and a balanced gathering of not only your own thoughts but a careful sampling of the reflections of others,including participants .
Thereafter comes the analysis , judgement and conclusions with the decisions of what to act upon , how and when ,
Whatever route or routes are chosen ,any Manager will have to with care decide who is brought into the thinking ,advised of his / their responsibility and to abide by the chosen course .
We need to see now at ITFC ready indication of resolve , integrity and if needs be a ruthless exposure of those not living up to their own responsibilities on the field of play .
It’s high time we saw P
L and Co a little less equable and a little more steely and determined ; some of our squad are not up to the task , some aren’t very quick thinkers , some not apparently prepared to adapt and some just too lackadaisical for words when under pressure ( or sometimes NOT !) .
There must be an unforgiving inquest from the top down ; PL must be asked to explain what he is going to do to improve and no stone must be left unturned .
If individuals need criticising or exposing , then let’s see it happen ; if they don’t like it - ‘tough ‘ ,but they will know everything has been thought through and they are completely under the microscope !
In conclusion ,it could well be that ITFC have to either seek a change of personnel.or an enhancement of the coaching team ( not convinced some players are earning their crust either in levels of performance or consistency).
Frustration abounds ,for all of us but ‘digitum extractum ‘ ,please !
COYB
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Sears and Bishop Start at Blackpool
at 14:28:20

Bayley , back your query — it’s now high time we and he were made fully aware of the what , how , where and why he’s got to behave , improve , man up or/ and physically develop to become the character and footballer his earlier talent and potential indicated ; all this , however , much depends upon whether the challenges/ problems lie outside the normal working/ football environment and so if great care and caution is necessary in public arenas .
COYB
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No Jackson Red Card Appeal
at 16:35:32

Daft ( as a brush in extra time ? ) and we need to see less needless reaction and many more considered intelligent sharp and purposeful imminently!
Nevertheless a real shame to be without him ,for one must hope that with every match he can continue to learn !
COYB
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Dickie: I Wasn't Acting in Stamp Incident
at 10:14:21

PL needs to INSIST all his players just get on with the game , stop berating the officials ( it is very unlikely to change things in your favour ) and focus 100% on their own and our game : take the frustration out by effecting better play and actually protecting the defence by scoring at the other end !
Regular highlights expose the fragilities and emphasise the paucity ,and poor speed of thought ; are some of our players simply not up to the intellectual challenges ?
Changes to the squad will be needed whether we go up or not .
COYB
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Earl: There Are a Lot of Points Left to Play For
at 17:33:31

Nor too difficult to pick out th essential truth here ‘ got to score more goals ‘ !
It’s been the case al season AND Judge and Nolan have been notable for either lacking commitment ,or technique and calmness and disciplined attention to the task in the last third : woeful application matched by a certain lack of coordination amongst the forwards as a whole .
Sort it !
COYB
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Lambert Left Rueing Failure to Take Chances
at 18:58:07

I suppose the passion and emotion simply runs away with the options to express opinion and frustration on this forum ; understood , and with sympathy and empathy !BUT PL is correct — so much is being done the way we’d want but in the most critical areas there’s little doubt we ARE lacking !
Technique , self- confidence , calm assessment and execution plainly wanting ,along with perhaps crucial decision making .
One can then look at the individuals and analyse their strengths and shortcomings ,AND assess whether there is any way of effecting improvement , if there’s any evidence the players CAN improve OR whether some are simply not up to the tasks ,AND may never be ( for whatever reason ) .
BUT I do believe calm reasoning and analysis is the ONLY way ,and would not , therefore, dispute Paul Lambert’s overall presentation ; disappointing for most , but a reasoned and reasonable conclusion .
COYB
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