Understandable why outsiders don’t get Ipswich Town’s situation – so here’s a nuanced guide to what’s led us to this point

Mick McCarthy quit as Ipswich Town manager on Tuesday night with it having already been announced he

Mick McCarthy quit as Ipswich Town manager on Tuesday night with it having already been announced he would be leaving the club at the end of his contract this summer. Photo: Steve Waller - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

Dozens of pundits, ex-players and opposition fans warned Ipswich Town fans to ‘be careful what you wish for’ following Mick McCarthy’s departure this week. For a nuanced guide on what’s led us to this point here are STUART WATSON’s verdict pieces from 2017/18.

Mick McCarthy was in charge of Ipswich Town for almost five-and-a-half years, overseeing Championshi

Mick McCarthy was in charge of Ipswich Town for almost five-and-a-half years, overseeing Championship finishes of 14th, 9th, 6th, 7th and 16th. The Blues are currently 12th. Photo: Steve Waller - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

END OF 2016/17

‘Fans silently turning their back on Town after boring home campaign’

‘Thank goodness that’s over - little light at end of tunnel after worst season in 58 years’

SUMMER

‘Golden chance for a fresh start at Ipswich Town’

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18 - Credit: Archant

‘Fast start is crucial if Town are to change the negative narrative’

START OF 2017/18

AUGUST


You may also want to watch:


BIRMINGHAM CITY – W 1-0 (h)

‘Blues look a team we can be proud of again’

LUTON - W 2-0 (a) & BARNSLEY – W 2-1 (a)

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18 - Credit: Archant

‘Fans reconnecting with club after summer of reconciliation’

Most Read

MILLWALL - W 4-3 (a) & BRENTFORD – W 2-0 (h)

‘Stop picking at the scab Mick and let old wounds heal’

PALACE - L 2-1 (a) FULHAM – L 2-0 (h)

‘Reality check, but still plenty of reasons to be cheerful’

SEPTEMBER

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18 - Credit: Archant

QPR L 2-1 (a)

‘Perspective required, but Ipswich Town must not fall back into bad old habits’

BOLTON – W 2-0 (h)

‘It’s unfair to label Ipswich Town fans implacable’

LEEDS – L 3-2 (a)

‘That’s how Ipswich Town will truly win back hearts and minds’

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18 - Credit: Archant

OCTOBER

SUNDERLAND - W 5-2 (h) & BRISTOL CITY – L 3-1 (h)

‘Progress for Ipswich Town, but hard to know just how much’

SHEFFIELD UNITED – L 1-0 (a)

‘Forget about form – Ipswich Town can beat Norwich City’

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18 - Credit: Archant

NORWICH CITY – L 1-0 (h)

‘Town fans bored of hard luck tales and false dawns’

BURTON - W 2-1 (a)

‘Is it really necessary to swear Mick? Fans have a right to an opinion’

NOVEMBER

CARDIFF – L 3-1 (a) & PRESTON - W 3-0 (h)

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18 - Credit: Archant

‘The best thing about Ipswich Town’s start? A sense the best is yet to come’

HULL – D 2-2 (a)

‘Town in tune with their belligerent boss again’

SHEFF WEDS – D 2-2 (h) & VILLA - L 2-0 (a)

‘A week which suggests Town are heading for mid-table mediocrity’

DECEMBER

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18 - Credit: Archant

DERBY - W 1-0 (a) & FOREST - W 4-2 (h)

‘Stayaway fans can fall back in love with this Ipswich Town team’

MIDDLESBROUGH - L 2-0 (a)

‘Counter kings to counter chumps – Town must refocus on maintaining fun factor at Portman Road’

READING – W 2-0 (h)

‘Why Ipswich Town are just like Indiana Jones’

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18 - Credit: Archant

WOLVES – L 1-0 (a)

‘Ipswich Town’s half-term report should be stamped with a B+’

JANUARY

QPR – D 0-0 (h) & DERBY – L 2-1 (h) by Andy Warren

‘Big decisions could shape Ipswich Town’s 2018’

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18 - Credit: Archant

FULHAM - L 4-1 (a) & SHEFF UTD – L 1-0 (h)

‘Just how to do Ipswich Town break this Groundhog Day cycle?’

LEEDS – W 1-0 (h)

‘Town always find a way to prevent pot boiling over’

BOLTON – D 1-1 (a) by Andy Warren

‘Ipswich fans know the Sir Bobby era is long gone... but that feeling of togetherness must return’

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18 - Credit: Archant

WOLVES – L 1-0 (h)

‘Come on Ipswich Town, make us truly buy into the plan’

FEBRUARY

SUNDERLAND – W 1-0 (a)

‘Clear that cynicism is deep-rooted when not everyone can enjoy wins’

BURTON – D 0-0 (h)

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18 - Credit: Archant

‘Increasing lack of ambition filters down from the very top’

NORWICH CITY – D 1-1 (a)

‘Mexit’ looks inevitable now – and no-one knows quite how that’s going to pan out

CARDIFF L 1-0 (h) & PRESTON – W 1-0 (a)

‘Marcus Evans needs to speak up and fast’

MARCH

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18 - Credit: Archant

SHEFF WEDS W 2-1 (a) & SHEFF UTD – D 0-0 (h)

‘McCarthy badly misjudges the mood as judgement day looms’

HULL CITY L 3-0 (h) & BRISTOL CITY – L 1-0 (a)

‘Politics of fear doesn’t wash when it feels like there’s little to lose – Town fans are fed up of being patronised’

MCCARTHY EXIT ANNOUNCEMENT

‘Love him or loathe him – McCarthy certainly did it his way’

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18 - Credit: Archant

BIRMINGHAM CITY – L 1-0 (a)

‘With potential for a messy break-up, why delay operation win back hearts and minds?’

APRIL

MILLWALL D 2-2 (h) & BRENTFORD – L 1-0 (a)

‘Take a calculated risk Marcus – it’s in Ipswich Town’s DNA’

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18 - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18 - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18 - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18 - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18 - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18 - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18

Ipswich Town verdicts 2017/18 - Credit: Archant

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter
Comments powered by Disqus