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

PUBLISHED: 11:48 13 April 2018 | UPDATED: 12:02 13 April 2018

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

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

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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 Championship finishes of 14th, 9th, 6th, 7th and 16th. The Blues are currently 12th. Photo: Steve WallerMick 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

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’

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

START OF 2017/18

AUGUST

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)

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‘Fans reconnecting with club after summer of reconciliation’

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

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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’

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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’

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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)

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‘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

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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’

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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’

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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’

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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)

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‘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

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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’

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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’

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