Ipswich Town now need to start delivering positive results – hopefully starting with visit of Bolton Wanderers
I don’t know about you but I still can’t believe what’s happened and is happening to our club.
This time last year we were facing up to another year at League One level with Paul Lambert in charge and Marcus Evans as owner. The marquee signings were Stephen Ward, Ollie Hawkins and Di Cornell.
Fast forward and everything has changed. It’s almost like I’ve found the magic lamp and the genie has granted me three wishes.
Everything I’d have asked for 12 months ago is now unfolding.
Ambition from the ownership: While Evans had his moments, one thing many fans questioned was the true ambition and signings like those listed above, which went some way to making the case against.
But 12 months on, we have an ownership with clear ambition to get us out of this division with some top quality signings. Players that have no right being at this level such as Sam Morsy and Kyle Edwards have made the journey down the A14 to sign permanent deals, not loans.
Leadership: If I had to sum up Mark Ashton in one word it would be leadership.
A chief executive now performing media duties and delivering a real warmth in his delivery, giving you the reassurance that everything is ok at Portman Road. That everything is working and that there actually is a plan.
A year ago we had what many fans felt was a ‘middle man’ who couldn’t command authority because he was set up to fail. It’s clear the buck stops with Ashton and he has every power available.
That just leaves the results. My third wish is still outstanding. We enter the next stretch of games before the next international break desperate to get off the mark and get a 1 in that win column. Then from there you build on that platform to build more foundations and so forth.
Let’s hope the visit of Bolton provides that day and in a year from now I need a whole new set of things to wish for!