Vote: Should Jewell stay or go?
IPSWICH Town fans are right to expect more.
Blues boss Paul Jewell repeated his predictable rhetoric after yesterday’s 3-1 home defeat to Nottingham Forest – “there are numerous clubs in the Championship that all think they are under-performing”, “Ipswich have no divine right to be at the top end of the table”, “football fans can be fickle – one week it’s a crisis, the next it’s not”.
Whichever spin you put on it though, conceding three at home against a Forest side who had failed to score in their previous seven matches was simply unacceptable.
Indeed, manager Steve Cotterill’s record at the club now reads played 10, won just two (both against Ipswich), scored just six (all against Ipswich). The age-old football chant “Can we play you every week?” comes to mind.
And with the club making this a Grade A match in terms of pricing, a fan paying on the day would have shelled out more than �30 to witness this latest embarrassment.
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Certainly chief executive Simon Clegg’s programme notes, in which he revealed that the Britannia Corporate Suites were ‘excellent value for money” and that turnstiles had been newly painted, will have provided scant consolation.
There has now been an incredible 16 league defeats at Portman Road in the last season and a half – many of them comprehensive, too.
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Town are now back to being just three points above the bottom three with less than half the season to go.
And the stark fact is that, despite the investment of owner Marcus Evans and a constant change in managers, Ipswich have slowly regressed from Championship promotion candidates to relegation fighters over the past decade.
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