The only way is exit

WHAT a difference a year makes.

The Ipswich Town 2010/11 squad proudly pose for their annual photo before the start of last season hoping for improved fortunes under Roy Keane - and we all know how that ended.

Now a massive 16 players and backroom staff from the 39 pictured have moved on from Portman Road as the Paul Jewell revolution moves up a notch.

There are some Jewell had nothing to do with, his predecessor Roy Keane and his assistant Tony Loughlan are the obvious examples.

But just 12 months ago, we were staring at Gareth McAuley providing a rock-like presence at the back and David Norris a tigerish, energetic influence in midfield. Both have gone.

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Youthful exuberance and hopes for the future came courtesy of defensive pair, Troy Brown and Tom Eastman, and flying, but raw, winger Reggie Lambe. All three have now gone.

Alan Quinn is no longer at the club after a truly awful nine months, injury-wise, while loanees Darren O’Dea and Andros Townsend were also included in the official photo. The latter’s pace down the flanks is something Jewell seems likely to want to replicate with a newcomer next season, albeit with a little more consistency thrown in.

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Off the pitch, the comings and goings have been just as plentiful. A total of 14 management and backroom staff are pictured, only six remain.

The huge upturn in little under a year is a source of some concern. The likes of Norris, McAuley and Brown, not to mention keeper Brian Murphy, all had their supporters while many would have also liked to have seen Chris Kiwomya remain at the club, after the reserve team boss was released at the end of last season.

But Jewell has now had five months to assess what is needed. He has his reasons why certain players were released and others didn’t get the contracts they craved.

He quickly got his coaching staff in place, after replacing Keane in January, and he has trusted men in Chris Hutchings and Sean McCarthy.

Now it seems he is making large inroads into getting the team on the pitch right. There promises to be a little more upheaval yet, but fans will hope the picture is much more positive-looking when this year’s photo is taken.

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