Ipswich have found themselves thwarted in their efforts to find a new manager, with everyone from Danny Cowley to Nathan Jones allegedly out of their reach.
After getting rid of McCarthy, many fans thought the only way was up, but since he’s gone the side have performed badly and there’s still no news on a new manager.
Meanwhile, whilst Jones and Cowley plot League Two promotion, John Coleman was the first to get there. He’s taken unfashionable Accrington Stanley to League One for the first time in their history.
More importantly, he’s done it by playing an expansive brand of passing football, using width and an array of slick passing to ascend the table. He’s done what many say you can’t do, he’s all-but won League Two by playing it the right way.
Should Ipswich continue running their eye over the bottom division, but instead of the young up and coming managers, should they be focusing on a wily old fox who seems to perform miracles on a budget?
Coleman has taken charge of 52 matches so far this season, including cup games against Preston, West Brom and Blackpool. They managed to beat the Championship side, one of 31 wins he’s masterminded this season.
Accrington know how to turn draws into wins and have shared the points on only seven occasions. Only 17th placed Crewe have drawn fewer and as you can guess, they don’t tend to convert them to wins.
They’ve lost 14 games this season in League and Cup, with only Crawley and Lincoln City beating them more than once. Crawley did the league double over Coleman’s side, whilst tomorrow’s opponents Lincoln City have an EFL Cup win and a League Two win to their name.
That means this season Coleman has a 59.6% win rate, averaging 1.92 points per game. That should, and will, be enough to win the League Two title. Given the size of the club, it is a remarkable feat.
Could he magnify that success though and scale it up to Ipswich Town? The proof would be in the pudding, but there’s little doubt he deserves a second look because the feat he has achieved this season is nothing short of outstanding.