Mick McCarthy had a better points-per-game ratio than Arsene Wenger before Saturday, so what are we worried about?
There has been a lot of forum and social media talk about our new man’s record against his predecessor, which coincided with the BBC publishing the current season records of managers across all four divisions.
The impact McCarthy has had since replacing Paul Jewell was reflected by the fact the latter features 89 places below in the table in 115th position, compared to the former in 26th, above the likes of Wenger, Chris Hughton and Tony Mowbray.
But if the table was published to include Saturday’s results, with Town succumbing to a miserable 1-0 defeat at Blackburn, both David Flitcroft (Barnsley) and Sean O’Driscoll (Bristol City) would be above McCarthy.
And there are those — who the more positive among us would label ‘doom-mongers’ — who are pointing to Jewell’s comparative initial record standing up to McCarthy’s.
One point means things are still in our own hands, but I honestly can’t remember seeing sides being revived to the extent of those below us at the moment, and that does worry me.
Flitcroft sounds like a man I’d go over the trenches for, while O’Driscoll is a good manager with a big point to prove and Darren Ferguson has the experience of being down there before to draw upon.
We won’t win all 15 remaining games, but we must win more than those three men’s sides. And at the moment, with only one win to our name in 2013, I have to conclude that challenge looks an uphill task.
Blackpool could bounce into town on Saturday with a new manager (Paul Ince?) leading them, while Watford are purring under Zola, meaning McCarthy cannot continue to dine off that BBC table.
Blues stat: Along with Huddersfield, Ipswich are the joint lowest scorers (33 from 31 games) in the Championship.