After a routine 2-0 home win last week against Shrewsbury, Johnnie Jackson picked his best eleven to end the season at Portman Road. In front of just shy of 2,000 travelling supporters, this team of Harkness (MacGillivray Covid), Famewo, Pearce, Inniss, Blackett-Taylor, Morgan, Dobson, Gilbey, Matthews, Stockley and Washington showed us once more what this season has been about. Being second best, half-hearted and far too often, simply couldn't care-less. Soundly beaten, they deserve all the derision being aimed at them by the supporters.
Most fans will be as interested in who gets shipped out than who we bring in, such is the low opinion collectively held over so many of these players. The fact that the Player of the Year has been a one-horse race from the outset tells you all you need to know. There simply are no other contenders to trouble George Dobson. I don't even think Dobson is a particularly great player but he has shown the fight and correct attitude that has been missing from so many others too often.
Like most of you I am pissed-off once more on a Saturday evening but at least it's the last time this season and the suffering has ended. However, I have to say that I find Johnnie Jackson's post match comments insulting to our supporters and worrying in the extreme for next season.
He thinks "we have a good core that will be coming back to us next season." No Johnnie, we have a very weak core of players who don't work hard enough for this club and who too often couldn't-care-less. We are desperately short of winners in your squad and you don't appear to have anyone who can play your sole formation. If the core of the team next season is made up from these players then we can expect a very similar season and you will be sacked. He blamed today's shambolic performance on players being uncertain of their futures! You think it's only just dawned on them Johnnie - pathetic? He also goes on, almost unbelievably to tell us that "they've been giving me everything." That speaks for itself. Everything they have has resulted in the worst season in living memory and a 13th placed finish.
It is now crystal clear to me that Johnnie Jackson needs to be replaced. He has proven beyond doubt that he is tactically inept and that he cannot motivate his players two games in-in-a-row. If he really thinks that the core of this side is good enough, then there really is nothing more to say. We simply cannot afford a repeat of this year and he seems to be preparing the ground for just that.
Thomas Sandgaard needs to call it a day and give him his cards.