The afternoon after the night before and it doesn’t feel any better.
Everything that’s NCFC-related at the moment feels like it’s in a state of transition, and there’s a sense of being completely directionless both on and off the field.
No doubt those in charge will see if differently and, as has been said before, there’s no substitute for winning games.
Of course, there’s a significant element of truth in that but the only problem is City seem a million miles away from doing so on anywhere near a consistent enough basis to maintain anything resembling a serious top-six challenge.
Just changing the head coach isn’t enough to resolve this mess; the problems run much deeper than that.
Which begs a serious question, who is in charge of this football club at the moment?
We have a sporting director, still working his notice, with the intention of hanging around for a handover, at least until December and possibly throughout the January transfer window.
City also have a new sporting director who is not due to start officially until the November 27. His arrival is still another four games away, with a fifth game immediately after his appointment.
That’s an eternity in footballing terms – I’m not sure most can wait that long!
We have an executive director, married to the outgoing sporting director. That sits uncomfortably with many. Personally, I’d rather judge people by what they say and do.
So, if you’re overseeing the day-to-day running of the football club, personal circumstances should be irrelevant. What’s in the best interest of the football club should be of paramount importance.
Then there’s a takeover with US-based minority owners seemingly adopting a hands-off approach, at least until January 2026.
This time last year, at the Club’s AGM, Mark Attanasio earned loud cheers and applause, for uttering the line, “Ipswich just want to be like us”. Just twelve months later, those words are coming back to bite his butt as the cyclical nature of football has turned full circle.
Confidentiality clauses and shareholder agreements will only get you so much latitude from fans and respecting all that’s gone before you is absolutely fine to a point. But when results are not going your way, fans naturally want to know what’s next – what’s the long-term vision?
And then there’s a fan base whose loyalty and commitment should never be questioned. Those same fans who have repeatedly stood by the club down the years. Whether through their support of share offers, bond issues, or early season ticket renewals, even throughout COVID-19 and having to endure two disastrous Premier League campaigns.
Patience is again being tested to breaking point.
These are undoubtedly testing times where, rather than silence or an information vacuum, someone needs to step up and show some leadership. And, it’s time to start asking some serious questions.
What is it going to take to get Ben Knapper to Carrow Road as soon as possible?
Is Webber’s ongoing presence really still needed at Carrow Road?
Can Neil Adams step in and assist Knapper with the handover?
How proactive is Mark Attanasio going to be?
Aside from another director of his choosing, will he appoint a “boots-on-the-ground” to an executive position to review things up behind the scenes, or is this investment, while significant, going to be more passive?
I fear inaction, levels of toxicity reaching new heights with every unfavourable result, and, before we know it, November will have come and gone, and then the small matter of an incoming meeting with “that lot”, on the horizon.
All City fans really want is something to buy into. Some leadership, a shared vision, some honesty, and transparency.
Season ticket renewals aren’t that far away – so is it really that much to ask?