Ipswich Town's retained list may have caused some unhappiness but new regime needs to be trusted
Hands up, who was disappointed on Monday evening when news broke that certain players were staying?
I’ll be the first to hold my hands up to admit that the season-long frustration of watching 0-0s did lead me to think that come Tuesday morning we’d be lucky to have any strikers left, let alone two given new one-year deals. My head could have exploded!
The frustration got to me and old anxieties of attracting players not up for the challenge crept in. However, after an hour sat with co-owner Mark Detmer on Tuesday night, I was totally wrong to have doubts.
These guys not only get it but they want to grasp League One by the horns and swing it around their heads like a little toy.
The Three Lions haven’t come to simply own a football club. They have come to hunt down the Championship and in the words of at least two of our four owners: ‘God help League One’.
Now I get it, believe me, I totally get the fact that it’s been 13 long years of unkept promises and under investment in every single area of the club.
Under the previous owner, wherever a short cut could be taken, it seemingly was. If a stop gap player would do, then a stop gap player it was.
So when you see some of the news Monday night, old habits die hard.
This is not the Ipswich Town you’ve grown up with. This is an Ipswich Town to be proud of.
A club that represents us, that is here for its fans and its community but most importantly known for just how good it’s team performs and how many points they get.
God help League One – while it sounds great, it isn’t just a PR phrase they thought up on a whiteboard.
Take a look at every other football club they own. They are successful and flourishing community assets. They mean business.
Ipswich Town isn’t back (yet), results on the pitch will drive that. However, being a laughing stock off the field is no more. We must trust this process.