He made a lot of mistakes during his turbulent tenure at Portman Road, but you can make a strong case Roy Keane’s biggest faux pas didn’t involve letting a player go.
The emergence of teenage talents Josh Emmanuel and Myles Kenlock into the first team since August, off the back of Teddy Bishop’s breakthrough campaign, shows the ITFC Academy is bearing a good crop of fruit once again.
And with England Under-17 starlet Andre Dozzell, son of a certain Jason, and another highly-rated midfielder in Kundai Benyu also waiting in the wings, it seems the production line is truly up-and-running once again.
For a club that harvested the likes of our own west Suffolk stars James Scowcroft and Darren Ambrose, as well as the likes of Keiron Dyer, Richard Wright, Darren Bent and Titus Bramble, the well suddenly ran dry post-Jim Magilton.
But the one common denominator in this period of feast then famine and now the promise of another feast, is his previous right-hand man; Bryan Klug.
Given the boot by Keano from his then new role as player development manager in January 2010, Klug’s re-appointment as academy director in 2012, has only gone to show how valuable he was, and is.
Coupled with the additions Mick McCarthy has brought into the squad this time around, I’m more excited about my club than I have been for a long, long time, which has made this international break seem to last forever.
But tomorrow night we finally get back to business again, with a trip to Reading (8pm SKY TV) followed by Tuesday’s game at Leeds United (7.45pm).
And I can’t wait #COYB
n Reading are yet to score a goal on home soil this season, having played out goalless draws with Leeds and MK Dons. The Town defence will need to be wary of Matej Vydra though, who is in line for his Royals debut after signing on loan from Watford.