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3 hours ago, GrahamC said:

Nope, but it’s a complete unknown that Ashton can manipulate & foist his transfers on.

Where on earth has that happened before? 

Don’t worry Graham….the news is that McKenna will bring Martyn Pert with him.  Who?  The same Martyn Pert that initially worked for Dan Ashworth’s brother, and Ashworth mentored Ashton and Ashton has modelled his CEO role on Ashworth’s “I’m at the centre of everything” model.  Ok, a bit tenuous, admittedly.

Ok, moving on, was at West Brom during Ashton’s time, under Aidy Boothroyd (cough, spit), who Ashton took to Watford with him.  Pert arrived at Watford too.

So another vastly extensive search, ends up with someone Ashton already knows.  What are the chances?

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9 minutes ago, TomThumb84 said:

 

ITFC on the verge of appointing Kieron McKenna.

Mark Ashton masterminding the appointment of a well-meaning unproven coach, that will basically act as his Number 2, is unlikely to question him, and can take the flak for his trail of carnage.

Hmmmm remind me why this is familiar…….

And maybe the Pert link too has parallels with taking Simpson and Downing off of England, paying compo, when they were trying to get rid of them too.  All speculative from me, but you can’t help but think it can you?

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33 minutes ago, TomThumb84 said:

ITFC on the verge of appointing Kieron McKenna.

Mark Ashton masterminding the appointment of a well-meaning unproven coach, that will basically act as his Number 2, is unlikely to question him, and can take the flak for his trail of carnage.

Hmmmm remind me why this is familiar…….

 

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6 minutes ago, Midlands Robin said:

They're only 4 signings away from 23 new players or to put it another way, at the end of January they could have an entirely new first team squad in 7 months. 

Ashton won't be able to help himself in the transfer market leaving most of the current squad no idea if they're coming or going.

Imagine some signed in the summer (perm and loan) might move on. Ashton won’t be happy unless he’s signing players though.

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1 hour ago, TomThumb84 said:

ITFC on the verge of appointing Kieron McKenna.

Mark Ashton masterminding the appointment of a well-meaning unproven coach, that will basically act as his Number 2, is unlikely to question him, and can take the flak for his trail of carnage.

Hmmmm remind me why this is familiar…….

"Assistant First Team Coach or Assistant to the First Team Coach?"

Credit Ricky Gervaise/David Brent

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1 hour ago, Midlands Robin said:

They're only 4 signings away from 23 new players or to put it another way, at the end of January they could have an entirely new first team squad in 7 months. 

Ashton won't be able to help himself in the transfer market leaving most of the current squad no idea if they're coming or going.

Looking on Transfermarkt, the summer turn over of players was about 43.  They list 21 incoming in the summer, madness to think they would gel that quickly. New manager, few more ego signings just to add to the chaos.

1 hour ago, Davefevs said:

Imagine some signed in the summer (perm and loan) might move on. Ashton won’t be happy unless he’s signing players though.

I wonder if they might struggle to offload. I imagine they are one of the higher payers in that League, we know to our cost how that goes. 

Their squad is around 30 players, there is no way they go through this window without signing more . Wonder how Ashton sells it to the new owners, just a bit of quality to complete the squad. We might just be able to offload some after all 🤔

It does all seem vaguely familiar .

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McKenna appointed, Pert as Assistant.

I don’t care about the timing, I always find it bonkers that the new manager lets the caretaker handle this game.  A cynical person might suggest Sunderland is a tough game and they don’t want to start with a L.  If it were me I’d want to have some control over the situation.

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2 minutes ago, 1960maaan said:

Looking on Transfermarkt, the summer turn over of players was about 43.  They list 21 incoming in the summer, madness to think they would gel that quickly. New manager, few more ego signings just to add to the chaos.

I wonder if they might struggle to offload. I imagine they are one of the higher payers in that League, we know to our cost how that goes. 

Their squad is around 30 players, there is no way they go through this window without signing more . Wonder how Ashton sells it to the new owners, just a bit of quality to complete the squad. We might just be able to offload some after all 🤔

It does all seem vaguely familiar .

Oh, absolutely will be tough to move on.  Imagine trying to get someone to pick up Morsy’s £12k p.w.

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1 hour ago, Davefevs said:

McKenna appointed, Pert as Assistant.

I don’t care about the timing, I always find it bonkers that the new manager lets the caretaker handle this game.  A cynical person might suggest Sunderland is a tough game and they don’t want to start with a L.  If it were me I’d want to have some control over the situation.

Never heard of him. Big challenge going into that shambles as your first job. 

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1 hour ago, cidercity1987 said:

Mckenna confirmed?

Il just leave this here

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_Garner

Similarities?

Similarities?! McKenna left his job as a first team coach at Man Utd to join Ipswich - Ben Garner left his job as assistant coach at ATK in India to join Roverzzzz - can you give more on the ‘similarities’ in this one? Cheers ...

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4 minutes ago, PHILINFRANCE said:

Unnervingly, he looks eerily like Gavin Williamson.

I hope, for his sake, the similarity ends there.

Phil, you reside in La France, a country that never misses an opportunity to lambast or inhibit UK citizens - eg, everything right now! Therefore, how can you join in with them by ridiculing our politicians at the moment without any remorse?! Shame on you Phillip! 😳😳😆🍷

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40 minutes ago, BS4 on Tour... said:

Phil, you reside in La France, a country that never misses an opportunity to lambast or inhibit UK citizens - eg, everything right now! Therefore, how can you join in with them by ridiculing our politicians at the moment without any remorse?! Shame on you Phillip! 😳😳😆🍷

Unfortunately, I am not overly familiar with the meaning of various EMojis, but I suspect that your penultimate one indicates you are being sarcastic.

If not, then I must respond to your post based on your final EMoji, suggesting you may have been drinking (Malbec, I seem to recall - Good for You.).

For what it is worth, my experience of France is that it treats UK citizens (residing and paying their due taxes in France) very fairly indeed.

I have received both my vaccines and am due my third on Monday morning - all with the minimum of fuss and injected with a smile, accompanied by the normal warm chitchat regularly afforded by most professionals with whom I have come in to contact during my years in France - I have been stopped in Police traffic controls on many occasions and, without fail, I have always been greeted with a salute and a warm Bonjour.

If you are referring to the French politicians’ attitude towards England and the English, however, that is a different matter, although you should be aware that there is a Presidential election next year and Macron, in particular, needs to demonstrate his strength.

But, getting back to GW, how on earth was he ever elected as an MP, let alone a Minister?

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It's one thing making a mess here but making the same mess somewhere else and not realising your mistakes is pretty unforgivable.

Of course it's not a mistake to him is it it's all part of the plan for maximum wealth extraction and ego stroking - bet he loved dealing with man U and "building contacts" there for the last few weeks.

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2 minutes ago, Pezo said:

It's one thing making a mess here but making the same mess somewhere else and not realising your mistakes is pretty unforgivable.

Of course it's not a mistake to him is it it's all part of the plan for maximum wealth extraction and ego stroking - bet he loved dealing with man U and "building contacts" there for the last few weeks.

Kieran comes here with an abundance of experience of champions league, Premiership and top level coaching at one of the biggest clubs in the world. 

It's an exciting time for Ipswich, and we'll be hoping that he can draw on his contacts with his previous club. Let's also not forget that he has worked with one of the best managers in the modern game in Jose Mourinho.

 

Or something along those lines...

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Well the tractor boys all seem happy . They think they are getting a fresh young coach from the top . What they , and the new manager don’t realise is that this is all about Ashton control . When Ashton starts asking for certain players to play then the “ ostrich” Ipswich fans may wake up . But hey , they’ve been warned , they think we are jealous . I guess our early friendly warnings were not welcome , so now it’s just great as we can sit back and watch the soap opera develop .  It’s really turning into a great comedy show .  Maybe up for a BAFTA next season . 
 

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The appointment of McKenna is a mirror version of the way Holden was appointed here.

Which leads me to wonder if MA, who is a really clever sod in his own mind, and knowing what affinity SL had with the Johnson family, had a much bigger influence on LJ getting the City job than we have ever realised.

And even how much he had to do with the demise of Cotterill?

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