Q&A With Ipswich Town

  • November 30, 2012 | By Robert Hurst
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Bolton host Ipswich Town at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday afternoon and we have got the views of a visiting supporter ahead of the game.

Ahead of the first league meeting between the two sides since April 2002, we have been over to Ipswich website twtd.co.uk to get the views of ITFC_Forever on Mick McCarthy, Bolton's promotion chances and Town's former Wanderers midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker.

Q: Ipswich currently sit in 21st place in the Championship. How has your season been so far?

A: It's been dreadful, with some awful performances and results rightly costing Paul Jewell his job.

Jewell was a nice enough chap, so, when he went, it was fairly amicable between him, the club and the fans, but, to be honest, he should have gone months ago.

He failed to build a squad, failed to have a long or short-term plan, failed tactically and failed to get the players performing anywhere near their capability as a team, or as individuals.

Q: Mick McCarthy was appointed as Ipswich manager earlier this month. Do you think that he's the right man to take you forward?

A: Given the mess we were in, we needed someone exactly like McCarthy to sort us out and, despite humpings at Crystal Palace and Leicester, we've won 3, drawn 1 and lost 2 under him. There are significant improvements, which are becoming more noticable as time goes on.

Q: Former Bolton midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker is currently on the books at Portman Road. What do you think of him?

A: Extremely disappointing and overrated, with too high an opinion of himself. He doesn't move, marks space and doesn't tackle.

He was injured for the Forest game on Tuesday and we were a million miles better in the middle of the pitch for it.

Hopefully he'll be gone in January, when his short-term contract runs out. His nick-name of Nigel Mediocre is being kind, in the extreme, to him.

Q: After a six game unbeaten run under new boss Dougie Freedman, do you think promotion could be a possibility for the Wanderers?

A: Possibly. Relegated clubs have a habit of starting slowly, but, with the parachute payments behind them, they always have a competitive advantage over the other clubs in the division.

You'll know better than us, but sacking Owen Coyle seemed a bit harsh and the appointment of Freedman something of a gamble on a man still finding his way in the world of management.

Q: DJ Campbell is currently Ipswich's top scorer, with five goals. Who else should the Wanderers be wary of on Saturday afternoon?

A: Tyrone Barnett has given us some much needed competitiveness in the air, at both end of the pitch.

Q: Which Bolton player do you think Mick McCarthy will be earmarking as a potential threat to the Ipswich goal?

A: Any of them, given our recent away performances. If Kevin Davies is still playing his usual game, he'll be a handful.

Chris Eagles is a decent player and Keith Andrews found the net regularly for us last season, so he knows where the goal is.

Q: Finally, what do you think the final score will be at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday?

A: I would snap your hands off for a 1-1 draw. DJ Campbell with our goal.

Burnden Aces would like to thank ITFC_Forever for volunteering to answer our questions. You can read more answers from the Ipswich supporters by checking out our Q&A thread at twtd.co.uk.

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