Marcus Evans should be heard - if not seen - as Ipswich Town owner

Posted over 2 years ago by Dave Gooderham with 0 comments

SIMON Clegg last week once again made the Marcus Evans situation perfectly clear. The owner, according to the chief executive, remains as committed to Ipswich Town as ever. “You will all recognise the fact that he has spent a lot of money over the...

Marcus Evans is to blame for the plague of Portman Road

Posted over 2 years ago by Dave Gooderham with 2 comments

WHAT on earth am I going to report on next week? Barely a day has gone by in the last two months without Ipswich Town being linked with some loan player or another. And they have been rather successful – or not, depending on your persuasion –...

Nigel Reo-Coker is a born winner - but he has to be careful when pointing the finger at Ipswich Town team-mates

Posted over 2 years ago by Dave Gooderham with 0 comments

There are some occasions when my back page simply writes itself. Paul Jewell’s infamous post-match assessment at Burnley last year – “gutless, spineless, worse than a pub team” – is a case in point. In 12 short days, there...

So when is Marcus Evans' 'tipping point'?

Posted over 2 years ago by Dave Gooderham with 0 comments

"IT'S business as usual. Paul is more conscious than anyone what needs to happen. He puts huge pressure on himself and I'm confident that he is the right man to get us heading in the right direction. I'm not going to tell you when that tipping point is...

No case for the defence - why Paul Jewell IS under pressure to bring in a centre-back + a new way to watch the Blues

Posted over 2 years ago by Dave Gooderham with 0 comments

IMAGINE the scene. Less than 10 minutes in at the Riverside, Tommy Smith's international excursions catch up with him and he pulls up injured. Or Luke Chambers goes in for a tackle as the last man, gets it slightly wrong and is shown a red card. I don...

The tale of two Pauls - why Jewell's job is now linked with Taylor's talent

Posted over 2 years ago by Dave Gooderham with 0 comments

What a week! As has been customary with fans of Ipswich Town, every single emotion has been endured in the last week-and-a-bit. It started with horrendous defeats - where, arguably, the Carlisle cup shock was harder to take than the 6-0 at Blackpool,...

A hugely promising start but Paul Jewell must beware Roy Keane's fate

Posted over 2 years ago by Dave Gooderham with 0 comments

THINGS can change so quickly in football. Just a few short weeks ago, I was interviewing a clearly annoyed Paul Jewell on the touchline at Roots Hall, Southend, where he ripped into his players for not being good enough. He then uttered the immortal lines...

Jay Emmanuel-Thomas will be a big player for Ipswich Town this season - he just needs time and patience

Posted over 2 years ago by Dave Gooderham with 0 comments

IN years gone by, describing a home draw on the opening day of the season as 'positive' would have been unheard of. But these are changing times at IP1. A side with an average age of 23-and-a-half, containing six players 22 and under, coming from behind...

Luke Hyam and Massimo Luongo should relish 'David' tag against Goliath Blackburn Rovers

Posted over 2 years ago by Dave Gooderham with 0 comments

ARE we sitting comfortably? It has been four long months since Ipswich Town last kicked a ball in the Championship as bottom club Doncaster Rovers were just about put to the sword to end a thoroughly underwhelming season. The Euros and the Olympics have...

Jimmy Bullard's top 10 Ipswich Town moments - but less than half are to do with his talent

Posted over 2 years ago by Dave Gooderham with 0 comments

I CAN still remember the excitement created by Jimmy Bullard's permanent deal to Ipswich Town. The Blues had shipped in five against Southampton, seven against Peterborough and were predictably at a low ebb. The whole place needed a lift and who better...

Ipswich Town need FIVE new players - at least - but Paul Jewell continues to play with pennies

Posted over 2 years ago by Dave Gooderham with 0 comments

PAUL Jewell is never one to mince his words. His "pub team" post-match comments after the 4-0 defeat at Burnley last season were back-page gold. Not quite on the same scale, but he was at it again on Tuesday night when he laid into his players following...

Massimo Luongo has Premier League class but where does that leave Luke Hyam?

Posted over 2 years ago by Dave Gooderham with 0 comments

EVERY time I see one of my Ipswich Town-supporting mates, we have the same football argument. It is over loan signings and their purpose in football. I maintain supplementing a squad with one or two can make a big difference and benefit all parties. He...

Ipswich Town's new signings offer hope but Jimmy Bullard needs to be a jewel

Posted over 2 years ago by Dave Gooderham with 0 comments

IT is often said that journalists are quick to criticise - and there was times last season I thought the writing was on the wall of Mr Jewell. So now is the time to credit the gaffer. Paul Jewell has worked tirelessly under the radar this summer to get...

Simon Clegg is RIGHT to ponder Ipswich Town ground change

Posted over 2 years ago by Dave Gooderham with 0 comments

I am about to make myself pretty unpopular with a section of Blues fans. Simon Clegg's comments that he would not rule out renaming Portman Road in exchange for the big bucks bought about by a main sponsor rightly divided supporters. Though he had mentioned...

Ipswich Town fans have patience Paul - now it is time to give something back

Posted over 2 years ago by Dave Gooderham with 0 comments

WHEN I went into my editor's office yesterday and told him my back page plans for the Ipswich Star, there was something of a sigh. My pitch was 'Paul Jewell calls for patience in his transfer dealings as he is made to wait by Premier League bosses still...

Ipswich Town's defending makes them an average Championship side

Posted over 3 years ago by Dave Gooderham with 1 comments

AT one stage in the second half of Town's miserable 3-2 defeat by Nottingham Forest, a section of the home fans started chanting 'attack, attack, attack'. In this Saturday's home match against Reading, it wouldn't surprise me if the...

Town's future looks bright - if a little unknown

Posted over 3 years ago by Dave Gooderham with 0 comments

GEORGE Porter, Andrew Hughes, Jamie Proctor and Rory Loy. All reported Ipswich Town targets, but none are names to set the pulses racing in the way Michael Chopra and Lee Bowyer did in the summer. But we are approaching a new dawn in Paul Jewell's...

Sign Keith up - and then make him captain

Posted over 3 years ago by Dave Gooderham with 0 comments

IT is amazing to think that Keith Andrews was a target for the Blackburn boo-boys. He arrived in Suffolk, labelled as a Premier League reject and with some doubting his importance to the Republic of Ireland side. Well the secret is out. Since signing...

Five England youngsters Jewell might be looking at

Posted over 3 years ago by Dave Gooderham with 0 comments

AS its Friday, I thought I would have a bit of fun and delve into my crystal ball. Paul Jewell was not at Colchester United last night to watch England Under-21s' comprehensive 5-0 victory over Iceland. But his trusty lieutenants, Chris Hutchings...

It's time to protect Town's fragile defence

Posted over 3 years ago by Dave Gooderham with 0 comments

HOW do you start picking the bones out of that? The Blues' 3-2 home defeat at rock bottom Doncaster Rovers left too many questions - and all worrying ones. Why was Colin Healy preferred over the young legs of Lee Martin or Josh Carson? Does Paul Jewell...

Why injuries might actually improve Ipswich Town's fortunes

Posted over 3 years ago by Dave Gooderham with 0 comments

FIRST and foremost, this is not a witch-hunt against Lee Bowyer. There have been far worse than the tenacious midfielder during Town's trio of miserable performances. But his absence from tomorrow's visit of Doncaster Rovers - now deemed a must...

Time to panic? Not quite, but Paul Jewell faces his toughest challenge yet

Posted over 3 years ago by Dave Gooderham with 0 comments

PAUL Jewell is said to be confused and David Stockdale can't explain it. Well put me down on the list of people struggling to comprehend how Ipswich Town can totally dominate West Ham at Upton Park and then put in an inept shift against Crystal Palace...

Only Michael Chopra can decide his footballing fate

Posted over 3 years ago by Dave Gooderham with 0 comments

At his worst, he would wake up in the middle of the night in search of his next hit. He would lie to his parents before looking for an excuse to make a quick exit while he was never "grateful" for the time he spent with his little boy. His employment...

JET largely falls flat in big audition against Palace

Posted over 3 years ago by Dave Gooderham with 0 comments

Dazzling, frustrating, exhilarating, languid. Jay Emmanuel-Thomas, you are all of the above. Unfortunately for Town fans, the man known as JET showed more of his negative traits during his first 90 minutes of the Championship season. He had gone into...

JET can be anything he wants to be...Ruud Gullit, Andy Cole, Terry Venables

Posted over 3 years ago by Dave Gooderham with 1 comments

PAUL Jewell was never going to like reports that one of his players was considering a music career with a hip-hop rapper called Chipmunk. The Town boss has criticised Twitter in the past and footballers' lifestyles in the present. In many ways, he...

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