Ipswich Town fan Zach Ward says: ‘It’s confirmed - the age of the compassionate football fan is dead’
Shambles, abysmal and turmoil are just some of the adjectives I’ve seen in papers and social media over the past month, describing the current condition of Ipswich Town.
In my opinion they are all quite massive over-reactions. I’d be interested to know what words were used when we were getting humiliated 7-1 on Sky away at Peterborough, and losing 4-1 and 5-1 to Norwich in the same season.
It seems endemic of the modern football fan in general that they are more concerned about what they haven’t got, rather than what they do have.
Gauging opinions - which of course everyone is entitled to - just confirms to me one thing: the age of the compassionate football fan is long gone.
It seems endemic of the modern football fan in general that they are more concerned about what they haven’t got, rather than what they do have. Sometimes we are guilty of living in the past a bit. But there’s no denying Mick McCarthy has taken us from League One-bound to play-off hopefuls on a shoestring in pretty quick time.
It’s just unfortunate two of his bad runs of form since taking over have occurred in the same season. In principle, I believe the man who has given us our best season (2014/15) in 10 years has earned the right for more time. Yes, the football hasn’t been that exciting over the past few months and the goals have dried up recently. But I’m confident that, with some extra transfer funds, there aren’t many better out there to try to get us back to the Premier League. His CV doesn’t lie.
In this era of modern football where expectations are higher than ever and success is demanded, would Sir Bobby Robson or Sir Alex Ferguson been allowed the time, when things went wrong at the beginning of their reigns, to create what they did at their respective clubs?
We were at a very similar crossroads when the fans turned on Jim Magilton, who was sacked in April 2009. A pair of poor appointments set our club back years and years.