Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon says Sam’s favourite league table is now a distant memory

A league table still pinned up behind the sports desk by my Crystal Palace-mad colleague Sam Murley shows us separated by the Eagles by the maximum 23 places.

That taunt followed a 5-0 drubbing at Selhurst Park in Mick McCarthy’s second game in charge on November 5.

But ahead of a week where we are reunited with Crystal Palace, the second of two home games after Hull’s visit Saturday on Tuesday (7.45pm), we are currently separated by just 10 places and could realistically confirm our Championship status for next season against them.

The heady heights of 14th were reached following Saturday’s smash-and-grab win at Derby County — and who would have thought that looking at that table behind me back in November?

Hull and Palace are both in the top four, but there is a new air of confidence around the Blues that could well upset the Premier League-chasing sides.

The latest set of the club’s accounts were published at the end of last week and with a £15.96m loss to June 2012, and our debt increasing by £6.79m to £79.62m made worrying reading.

What concerns me most is the situation where our owner Marcus Evans directly profits from the club getting into a worse financial state (£72.62m is now owed to his companies, meaning more than £40m has been added to the debt he bought for a fraction of the price in 2007).

This all comes at a time when the accounts reveal turnover plummeted with a £2.71m drop in a year from income from gate receipts, commercial revenue and television and media.

I’m no business analyst, but alarm bells ring when you also add in our wages increased by around £400,000 and the Financial Fair Play rules will restrict what Evans can put in next season.

We may have been robbers at Pride Park on Saturday, but thank goodness it looks like McCarthy has got us out of the League One jail.