Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon says improved performances are needed to convince people to part with cash

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As one former Ipswich Town manager took up a post with the Republic of Ireland this week, thankfully it still left one in place at Portman Road.

After Martin O’Neill’s protracted appointment went through with Roy Keane as his right-hand man, leading to a managerial marriage that looks like a ticking timebomb, finally we can move on.

We could have a long time ago had Mick McCarthy distanced himself from the race to succeed Giovanni Trappatoni, and the handling of it has left a bad taste for me and others.

But now McCarthy needs to rebuild his fans’ rapport by moving us back into the top half.

Winless October is not a month we will look back on fondly, with so many lost opportunities headed by the 4-4 at Derby County.

But Friday night didn’t see November start off any better, with Sky chiefs likely to think again before putting us on a live game.

My grandad, who has watched the club since the Sir Bobby Robson glory years, said he was left feeling glad he hadn’t kept up his season ticket after watching another drab performance in the 1-1 draw with strugglers Barnsley.

And he certainly won’t have been alone in feeling turned off.

Ahead of a daunting trip to Paul Ince’s fourth-placed Blackpool on Saturday, we start a run of four home games within a month from Leicester City on November 23, with McCarthy needing to inject a spark into his side to get bums back on seats and ensure we don’t start looking nervously over our shoulders.

In truth we were lucky to get out with our point on Friday and stupidity in haranguing the referee in the tunnel after ensures we are robbed of Aaron Cresswell on Saturday.

So for the first time in seven games McCarthy will be forced to alter his line-up — but it certainly shouldn’t be the only change he makes.

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