After Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at bottom club Preston North End, leaving us just three points from the relegation zone (nine from the play-offs), I feel compelled to urge you to take action before this great club hits a point from which there may be no return.
Your options, in my view, are two-fold: 1. Bring in a fresh manager to take us in a new direction, or 2. Back Roy Keane with the funds, ahead of January, to go about turning this around. Sacking managers is not something Ipswich Town Football Club does lightly, but after watching how this season is shaping up, I cannot see how we have moved forward since Jim Magilton was relieved of his duties.
Ahead of last season you gave Roy massive funds to assemble a squad capable of launching an assault on the Premiership - he told us he would have us promoted in two years - but a number of expensive purchases from his former clubs failed to live up to their price tags and we spent most of the season worrying about relegation.
After these mistakes it appeared you were unwilling to let him have the same financial freedom in the summer, which suggests that the second option is not for you. I would agree and so would the majority of the fans, who have had enough of his condescending attitude towards us.
By Roy’s own admission there is “no quick fix” for him now and he sounds like a man resigned to his fate.
Too many previously steady players (Owen Garvan and Jon Walters but two) seem to have left this club under a cloud following his abrasive style of man-management. The latest senior player to be frozen out without explanation, Damien Delaney, has been left in the cold when we have a defensive crisis on our hands!
Roy’s team selections, leaving out Jaime Peters and Tamas Priskin as well on Saturday, are baffling to us in the stands, as well as his reluctance to play our starlet Connor Wickham, who Premiership sides would willingly take off our hands.
We admire his willingness to play other young players (such as Troy Brown and Tommy Smith) without hesitation, but now is surely a time for wise heads to get us out of this rut of six consecutive league defeats.
I feel a new manager, someone like Sean O’Driscoll at Doncaster or (maybe I’m dreaming) Martin O’Neil, could breathe fresh life into the club and stop us playing with such fear.
With two home games coming up, against Sven Goran-Eriksson’s Leicester City on Saturday and Watford the following Sunday, I hope whatever you decide pays off. It could be a long road back from League One...