Last night Mick McCarthy left Ipswich prematurely, seemingly a pre-planned move unconnected to their win or the home crowd’s adverse reaction to a change he made.
Of course, that got the internet all alight with talk of Danny going again, despite him stating categorically he was focused on this current campaign. Still, whatever DC’s focus, it doesn’t stop Ipswich making their move, does it?
So, have they? It seems to be coming from more reliable sources on both sides of the potential switch, with some Ipswich experts claiming it has definitely been done. The noise around the Imps is much quieter, but it is only 9.15am and it isn’t as if we’d be shouting about it. After all, Danny and Nicky are focused on the current season aren’t they?
That is the pertinent point, no matter what goes on behind the scenes, you won’ hear and neither will I. Do you honestly believe, 100%, that DC and NC knew nothing of Lincoln City interest until after their Braintree play off semi final and that they made the decision to come here, to uproot their family lives, in the space of just a couple of short days? Deep down, I don’t. I’d suspect they had one eye on what was happening almost as soon as Chris Moyses stepped aside, but you didn’t hear that and neither did I.
The same is going to be true of this, if there’s anything in it. The club won’t come out and make a statement, nobody is going to start derailing our promotion campaign just to satisfy a few voices on social media. If there is an Ipswich move, you’ll only hear about it from Mr In The Know on Facebook.
All I’d say is that we are best focusing on the next game or two, hoping that if it is going to happen that we’re a League One club when it does.
What I would say is this: the bookies are certain with Danny as 5/2 favourite and the next favourite as wide as 8/1 on thesackrace.com. Ipswich fans think it’s a done deal although they’re dubious as to whether a management team with a solitary year in the Football League are ready for Ipswich Town. These are people who only know of DC and NC, they don’t actually know them.
The training ground is progressing, the squad are mostly here on two-year deals and the gaffer has spoken of moving his family up here. Ipswich are broke, meeting the estimated £1m release clause will dent their funds and we’ve never said ‘no’ to our managers, something I’m sure Ipswich couldn’t promise. There’s a team on its arse in Ipswich right now, that might appeal to ambitious managers but they might also identify it as incredibly high-risk. After all, why put everything they’ve got on the line here for a quick step up?
Much has been made of Danny’s comments in the media too, but he’s always distanced himself from a move during the season. He wouldn’t leave tomorrow, not a chance, but that is as far as the denials have gone in my opinion. Danny is a wordsmith, he throws an awful lot of words out there, but each and every one is considered and measured. He’s never stated outright he wouldn’t move to Ipswich, not once. He’s said the right things about Lincoln City, but always measured and balanced comments that don’t close any doors.
In the end it all boils down to a personal decision that both Danny and Nicky must make, based on their current situation, what Ipswich could offer and of course their families too. It’s huge, it is akin to me suddenly being offer chief sports writer at the Echo after doing the blog for so long. It would be a change of direction, more money and a massive step up and something everyone would expect me to take. However, it could also be disastrous and destroy the reputation I’ve taken so long to build up. Whatever I decided though, it would have to be right for me and both Danny and Nicky will decide what is right for them.
If Ipswich have come in, Dc and NC have earned the right to make that decision and put simply, they owe Lincoln City nothing at all.