Who Said McCarthyism Was Dead And Buried?
The modern day definition of McCarthyism is defined as the practice of making unsubstantiated accusations of disloyalty.
Well, the way manager Mick McCarthy has directed his anger towards the locals, by claiming that if we lose at home tonight, then supporters must take a lot of the blame is another rather cheap swipe at fans who pay exorbitant prices to watch garbage football.
Now I have never been an advocate of booing a player - no matter how poorly they are playing because it serves no useful purpose. Anyway, I do not think any player deliberately goes on the field to sabotage the team or infuriate supporters. On the contrary, it is possibly the very last thing they would ever want to do!
That said, Mick McCarthy is right when he suggests that players respond to supporters and if the atmosphere is good then there is every chance the team will perform better.
But to suggest that disgruntlement from the crowd at Portman Road is the catalyst for poor performances is way off the mark. If the Blues started on the front foot and had regular pops at goal, it would gee-up the crowd but the ultra negative tactics employed by our manager means that this is unlikely to happen.
A crowd gets excited even before a ball has been kicked when the team selections are read out. If the names of Cole Skuse and Jonathan Douglas are mentioned in it, then is it any wonder the atmosphere falls a bit flat?
Then we hear who is on bench warming duties and the disappointment levels are often heightened. We know that if he has two or maybe three strikers in there, they will probably only get on if we are still losing after 80 minutes!
McCarthy says he is never looking for a draw at Portman Road and yet often his team selections suggest otherwise. I just hope this evening he does not antagonize supporters further with more uninspiring team selections and more unsubstantiated accusations of disloyalty aimed at the fans.
We must put an end to this new form of McCarthyism and it starts with the gaffer picking a team and a formation that is aimed to excite!
Wigan Athletic are desperate for points right now and they will know all about our loss of form and safety first tactics.
They will be looking to score first, knowing that at this moment in time our confidence is probably more fragile than theirs.
The Blues must attack from the off and give Reading loanee Dominic Samuel a chance to prove his worth from the start!
Frank Weston - Editor of Vital Ipswich