Ipswich Town fan Russell Claydon looks back on another week following the Town.
With our realistic play-off hopes certainly now over, this season simply can’t end quick enough for me.
There were a few things Mick McCarthy could cling to following another home game where we failed to get what we needed: an early horror injury working against us, the retribution tackle sparking Luke Hyam to get sent off and Brentford’s first goal being after a clear foul.
But, in the end, the 3-1 defeat was just another 90 minutes where we simply weren’t good enough.
A colleague in my office couldn’t believe it when I said it would be our 15th season in the Championship. But for the rest of us it feels even longer.
Debate is now raging about how to finally end our Premier League exile.
Some believe we have to discard our manager. But not me.
I believe we’re guilty of allowing ourselves to get stuck within the old parameters of Financial Fair Play after tasting success with a prudent approach, only as a result Mick’s excellent management.
But as good as he has been, a goalkeeper who has only started 16 games picking up the Supporters’ Player of The Year, in Bartosz Bialkowski, tells you all you need to know about the deficiencies in attempting to repeat it.
With Aston Villa and potentially both Newcastle and Sunderland coming down with giant parachutes, it’s hard to see how we will ever get out of this division without significant investment.
Mick has yet to be afforded the spending power of his predecessors.
But now is the time. And judge him then.
* I can’t leave this week’s column without plugging the charity game involving Ipswich Town Legends at Bury Town FC’s Ram Meadow on Sunday (3pm kick-off). I’m not doing my cake sale this year but the game, against a team of paying Ipswich fans willl raise money for much-needed dementia facilities at West Suffolk Hospital. More info is on our website.