Ipswich Town currently lacking what Neil Harris could provide as next manager
Trust the plan. Trust the process. Two sentences I keep telling myself as I peel back the advent calendar days and still Ipswich Town do not have a manager to replace Paul Cook.
The longer the process takes, the higher my anxiety will be, particularly as the games start coming thick and fast.
When looking for our next manager, if I were CEO Mark Ashton, I’d have two key requirements – recent success and/or momentum on the CV, along with the ability to instil character and resilience into a playing squad.
The next manager must have the ability to continue the rebuilding Cook has started. Lest we forget when Cook arrived, we were in a complete mess and well overdue a total gutting.
To his credit, Cook rightfully got rid of all the deadwood and was ruthless – so ruthless that effectively we started this summer as close as you can to being a blank bit of paper.
What the rebuild needs now is a gaffer who has got the ability to breathe character into the club.
Somebody who can lay down a blueprint and implement the new 20th century ‘Town Way’ . One that is built on hard-nosed grit and determination. Fight for the badge. Fight for the cause.
It’s for those reasons names such as Neil Harris and Neil Lennon jump off the page straight away to me.
Harris is a man who has the Millwall mentality running through his managerial veins, the siege mentality; us versus the world, you shall not pass because this is Portman Road and this is our house.
He is someone who clearly ticks the second box.
He has a bit of bumpy CV but how he transformed a Millwall side you’d expect to finish bottom six or mid-table at the very best into a side that was a genuine play-off threat must not and should not be underestimated.
Harris, Lennon or whoever – we simply must get some character, strength and togetherness about Portman Road.