For anyone who still thinks the wheels have fallen off the tractor, it’s a shame they weren’t among a record crowd for a player Q&A on Monday.
There were 120 of us at The Dove Street Inn in Ipswich on Tuesday who heard some fascinating tales from inside the dressing room which left us in no doubt October’s winless run was nothing to get overly concerned about (and this columnist certainly hadn’t).
Half an hour before training starts, you will find about a dozen of our players already undergoing their own ball work in the shape of head tennis.
Luke Chambers told us this has become an ingrained habit, one that demonstrates to me the togetherness and eagerness to improve in their own time, as well as under Mick McCarthy and Terry Connor’s watch.
‘Toxic’ was a word used to describe the atmosphere before McCarthy’s arrival with a comment made that players were playing more for themselves than our great club.
Giles Coke was the highlight of the night for me.
His banter at the captain’s expense may land him on the end of a prank from our top prankster nowadays very soon, but he also talked with what appeared to be a lot of honesty. And clichéd as it sounded, he firmly believes this is the best camp he has been part of.
After Ipswich (sorry, Ireland) qualified for the Euros this week, it’s finally back to league action Saturday with Wolves visiting (3pm).
Believe me, Mick would love to get another one over the club who sacked him. And with the players he has now, I fancy us to make it three straight wins; I’m going 2-1 to the Town #COYB
n It was a week where football stood still to remember those taken all too soon.
At The Dove Street Inn, we also did likewise, as well as for one of our own, Márton Fülöp. You could have heard a pin drop.
It’s set to be the same at Portman Road tomorrow with the club planning a minute’s silence, while fans are set to clap through the 21st minute. Once a Blue, always a Blue.