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  • I'm starting to think this is a case of being careful what you wish for. When PJ was here we were in free-fall shipping goals left, right and centre and we needed a strong man to steady the ship. Now if you has asked me at any point prior to PJ's sacking I would have said McCarthy would have been a terrible next appointment, as his teams have always been very dour & uninteresting but as we left the sacking of the last manager far too late, I came around to the idea that MM would be the ideal man to sort out the shambolic mess we were left with and tighten up our defence. In hindsight I am now worried that we possibly will survive (just) but will have to watch this dour negative football next season and perhaps playing exciting attacking football in a lower division would have been slightly more appealing with season ticket renewal time fast approaching. With the exception of the Middlesbrough match I have sat there at Portman road wondering whether Roy Keane had actually ever been sacked or whether he was secretly McCarthy's secret pal and was plotting his revenge on us with his negative brand of boring football with big armed workman like players. When MM was first appointed, I was half expecting this type of football but to be fair to him, we actually played some decent stuff and scored a good number of goals to get out of the bottom three. However after getting to a fairly safe area and looking like we were going to kick on and up the table we have gone for a more rigid and negative structure and lost our only goal threat in DJ Campbell and hence the goals have dried up. Most worryingly In 2013 and post DJ Campbell we sit in the bottom 6 of the form table and have only won 2 games (both against teams with poorer form than us). In fact only one team below us in the league currently also sit below us in the 2013 form table which indicates that we might well struggle to stay out of the bottom 3 unless we pick up again. I don't mean this as a dig at MM as he did amazingly well to turn around the team he inherited & capitulated on so many occasions this season but without DJ Campbell we look a poor shadow of the team in MM's honeymoon period. My worries are that the strikers we have replaced him with are nowhere near as good as DJ and past history indicates that MM will not be backed with sufficient money to bring in the players we need to take us back to where we we were when Marcus Evans first arrived and be able to sit at the top end of mid-table with pipe dreams of sneaking into the play-offs. My dilemma is do I spend nigh on £1000 on season tickets to watch Roy Keane reincarnated football in the hope that this is just a needs must backs to the wall brand of football to get us out of trouble and next season we will be more attacking with some flair and a new striker bought by a rejuvenated & inspired Marcus Evans or is this a sign of what's to come in the season ahead - whichever division we are in.

    russell mariner

    Monday, February 25, 2013

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