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Carabao Cup: Round One Draw Announced

The Carabao Cup Round One draw was made on Thursday evening from Morrisons, Colindale, North West London.

There were two stand out ties from the draw with AFC Wimbledon playing MK Dons, while newly-promoted Salford City will face Leeds United.

The draw was conducted by two former England internationals in John Barnes and Ray Parlour and was split into two regions – North and South.

Huddersfield Town, the hightest-ranked team in the Northern Section, will face Lincoln City while the highest ranked Southern side, West Bromwich Albion, will face Millwall.

Every club from Sky Bet League One and League Two enter the Carabao Cup in Round One, along with 22 Championship clubs.

Only Cardiff City and Fulham – who finished 18th and 19th respectively in the Premier League last season, will enter in Round Two, alongside the clubs from the Premier League, not in European competitions.

The first round matches are scheduled to take place week commencing Monday 12thAugust, with the final due to take place on March 1, 2020.

Full Round One Draw can be seen below:

North Draw

Tranmere Rovers v Hull City

Grimsby Town v Doncaster Rovers

Wigan Athletic v Stoke City

Port Vale v Burton Albion

Nottingham Forest v Fleetwood Town

Bradford City v Preston North End

Blackpool v Macclesfield Town

Blackburn Rovers v Oldham Athletic

Mansfield Town v Morecambe

Accrington Stanley v Sunderland

Scunthorpe United v Derby County

Rochdale v Bolton Wanderers

Huddersfield Town v Lincoln City

Middlesbrough v Crewe Alexandra

Shrewsbury Town v Rotherham United

Sheffield Wednesday v Bury

Salford City v Leeds United

Barnsley v Carlisle United

South Draw

Colchester United v Swindon Town

AFC Wimbledon v MK Dons

Oxford United v Peterborough United

Queens Park Rangers v Bristol City

Plymouth Argyle v Leyton Orient

Wycombe Wanderers v Reading

Charlton Athletic v Forest Green Rovers

Gillingham v Newport County

Stevenage v Southend United

Luton Town v Ipswich Town

Walsall v Crawley Town

Bristol Rovers v Cheltenham Town

Brentford v Cambridge United

Coventry City v Exeter City

Swansea City v Northampton Town

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What went wrong at Ipswich Town? Preparing for life in League One

For a younger fan it may come as a surprise to be told that Ipswich Town were once one of English football’s top teams. The club consistently were in the top division since 1961 with the exception of small stints in the second division and boast a Division One championship (1962), a FA Cup (1978) and a UEFA Cup (1981) making them one of the Championship ‘bigboys’ alongside the likes of Nottingham Forest and Sheffield Wednesday. Following their relegation from the Premier League in 2002, Ipswich have spent the past 16 seasons stuck in the Championship with little success where making the League Cup semi-final in 2011 and the play-offs twice in 2005 and 2015 were the only highs. But after a long 16 years Ipswich Town look nailed on to finally leave the second division of English football, but against the fans and clubs hopes it’s a downwards transition for the Tractor Boys. This will be the first time Ipswich have dropped into the third tier of English football since 1957.

With a mere 12 games to go Ipswich sit rock bottom of the Championship, 12 points adrift from safety. Even dreamers would find it difficult to argue a case that Ipswich have a chance of staying up and the bookmakers agree, offering odds of 100/1 for the Tractor Boys to survive the drop. If the club were to pull it off it would certainly be one of the most remarkable survival stories.

What went wrong at Ipswich Town?

A huge problem for Ipswich has been transfers and the inability to replace key players who have left the club. Players such as Daryl Murphy, Tom Lawrence, Tyrone Mings, David McGoldrick, Martyn Waghorn and Aaron Cresswell have all been crucial players for the Tractor Boys in recent years who have all departed the club. According to The East Anglian Daily Times the club is in £95m debt owed to club owner Marcus Evans creating difficulties tosign players.

Since taking over in November 2011, Mick McCarthy worked on a shoestring budget and built a team that finished in the top ten between 2013-2016, a great achievement considering the scarce resources. But after two stagnant seasons, falling attendances and fan frustration both parties agreed to not renew McCarthy’s contract in 2018. A decision that many felt was long overdue.

At the start of the current season Paul Hurst was the man to lead the Suffolk club away from the McCarthy era. But the departures of MartynWaghorn, Joe Garner and David McGoldrick in the summer of 2018 made this a daunting task for the young manager. After a tough pre-season and no wins in the first 14 games the McCarthy era didn’t seem so bad after all and on the 25thOctober Hurst was sacked by Ipswich, leaving the team 4 points adrift.

Paul Lambert was the next successor and the current manager of Ipswich, he has previously led a flurry of Championship clubs such as Norwich City and Aston Villa. But Lambert hasn’t been able to help the problem as Ipswich have slumped lower into the relegation zone.

The future of Ipswich Town

Ipswich Town’s relegation reality is now being accepted around the club and they are now preparing for League One football. Paul Lambert is ambitious about moving forward and has said openly to the press that the “club needs a cleanse”. He speaks of a long term vision which involves the academy and sacrificing the transfer budget in order for cheap ticket prices, a move to get the Ipswich fans back onside and through the gates. The use of young talent will be a solution to the transfer problem at Ipswich and it will significantly reduce player wages if they are able to offload some senior players.

The rebuilding of Ipswich Town seems very long overdue and League One may be the perfect place to start.

Are you excited Ipswich fans for the upcoming season?

Ipswich continue to battle survival tomorrow (9th March) at 3pm against West Brom at the Hawthorns.

Three potential​ managers at West Brom

It’s been a torrid season for West Brom this season and in all honesty, I feel so sorry for their fans and what they have had to put up with this season. The club sacked long-standing manager Tony Pulis after a poor run of games and appointed the samba dancing prince that is Alan Pardew.

 

And it hasn’t really worked out for Alan as he has managed just one win out of the 18 games he has taken charge of at The Hawthorns. On top of this, he decided to take the squad to Barcelona for a warm-weather training camp but instead Gareth Barry and some other teammates decided to steal a taxi at 4 in the morning. So unsurprisingly West Brom took the decision to part ways with Pardew and are now looking for their third manager of the season.

 

Here are three potential candidates.

 

  1. Mick McCarthy

 

With McCarthy leaving Ipswich upon the expiry of his contract at the end of the season it may be possible for West Brom to snap his services up now. With The Baggies all but relegated this season McCarthy has great experience of gaining promotion back into the Premier League and if he has the right budget West Brom shouldn’t be down for long.

 

  1. Nigel Pearson

 

The man who uttered the famous words ‘You’re an Ostrich’. Nigel Pearson much the same as Mick McCarthy has great experience in The Championship and should West Brom go down that could prove to be vital. However, Pearson also managed to guide Leicester away from relegation in 2015 which was hailed as a miracle which is certainly what West Brom need this season.

 

  1. Marco Silva

 

Out of the three, Marco Silva is the least likely to end up at West Brom due to his credentials and also his lack of Championship experience. But should West Brom want to be ambitious and change their style of play then Silva would be an extremely positive gamble and one that West Brom fans could get on board with?

 

Who do you think West Brom should hire as their next manager? Let us know in the comments section below.

Are Ipswich Town set to sign this prolific striker on a free transfer this summer?

Ipswich Town are already plotting their future with news this week coming out that the clubs owner Marcus Evans is set to make a decision on manager Mick McCarthy’s future and now reports are circulating that the club are looking at signing AFC Wimbledon striker Lyle Taylor this summer.

The ‘Tractor Boys’ are set to face competition for the ‘Dons’ striker signature and its easy to see why. Taylor has found the back of the net on 15 occasions already this season and with his contract coming to an end this summer, this could be a lure for clubs to race to sign him.

It’s the third season on the run that Taylor has hit double figures with goals and as well as being able to play as a central striker the 27-year-old can also play on either wing offering versatility to his game.

With the club starting to look towards signings for the summer does this suggest that Mick McCarthy is set to stay on as manager beyond the end of the season?

This is something for sure that Taylor would want to know before joining the ‘Tractor Boys’ so he knows the manager who brings him to the football club has a future and also so he knows he features in his plans longterm.

If Ipswich do go ahead and sign Taylor this summer, then he will have to take his opportunity when he gets it, as the club already have 5 strikers on their books in the first team.

Ipswich Town fans would you like to see Lyle Taylor at Portman Road next season? Will your club offload another striker to bring him in? Let us know in the comments section…

3 possible replacements if Mick McCarthy leaves Ipswich Town?

  1. Mark Warburton

Mark Warburton is a proven manager who in the long-term, can do a brilliant job in building a club towards where they want to be. Especially at Brentford, who he took from League One to the Play-Offs to get into the Premier League. In Scotland, he got Rangers promoted back into the Scottish Premiership and built the bulk of a side which is doing extremely well north of the border. He did not, however, achieve the expected goals of Nottingham Forest. But if Ipswich decide to let go of McCarthy, Warburton would be an excellent managerial choice.

2. Jaap Stam

After recently being sacked by Reading, Stam is on the lookout for a new job. He knows the Championship well and was incredibly close to guiding the Royals to the Premier League, losing on penalties to Huddersfield Town in the Play-Off Final. He may not achieve instant success if he were to come to Portman Road but would be able to restart his career and build a squad capable of fighting every team in the Championship and guiding the Tractor Boys up the table.

3. Steve Cotterill

Cotterill has been in football management since 1995, and is extremely experienced in the Championship. He has won the Conference, League Two, League One but not the Championship. This could be his opportunity at a big club, with big expectations. His previous job at Birmingham City did not go as well as expected, but the club was in a dire situation and is still in a relegation battle. At a club with more money, better situation, more quality players, Cotterill could do a fantastic job in guiding Ipswich up the league.

Ipswich Town fans would you like to see Mick McCarthy stay on as manager? If not would you take any of the three names above? Let us know in the comments section…