Ipswich Town fans are desperate for some news of summer signings following a disappointing 16th place finish in the Championship, but this is traditionally a quiet time of year in football. Here's a few reasons why.
With Mick McCarthy enduring the most dismal period of his reign at Ipswich Town, and with increasing fan pressure on him to quit his job, CHRIS BRAMMER looks back at the Blues boss' time in charge at Portman Road and remembers a time when it wasn't all bad.
Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy wants his side to re-enthuse supporters at Portman Road today in what will be their final warm-up ahead of the new Championship season, against Belgian second-tier side Royale Union Saint-Gilloise (3pm ko).
It might be the dark clouds that hang following 'Brexit' and England's dismal exit from Euro 2016 that colour the mood, but it was hard not to walk away from Mick McCarthy's first press conference of the 2016/17 season feeling more than a little underwhelmed.
It was a season which promised so much, but which frustratingly faded. In part two of this feature, Stuart Watson takes a look back at why the Blues finished one place lower - and with nine points fewer - than the previous year.
Following two-and-a-half years of steady progress under Mick McCarthy's management, Ipswich Town endured a frustrating 2015/16 campaign to finish seventh in the Championship table. Stuart Watson takes a look at why a play-off finish couldn't be repeated.
Ipswich Town's final two games of the Championship season may well have been dead-rubbers, but there is no denying the returns of Teddy Bishop and David McGoldrick have given Blues' fans hope for the future.