The contrast between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Ipswich Town could not be any different at the moment, could they?!
Wolves obviously enjoyed huge success this season after reaching the FA Cup semi-finals, whilst a seventh-placed finish in the Premier League was enough for Nuno Espirito Santo’s men to look forward to a European adventure with a place in the Europa League – how exciting!
Ipswich, unfortunately, did not have anything to shout about this year as their campaign was nothing but a disaster. Horrible managerial decisions cost them dearly, whilst it was too late for the experienced Paul Lambert to do anything about them dropping down to League One.
However, the Portman Road outfit’s plight should be taken note of by Wolves as they were once in the very same position that the Molineux club currently find themselves in now.
A moment in time – Wolves need to avoid Ipswich’s 2001/02 demise
Ipswich surprised everybody in football almost two decades ago when they finished fifth in 2000/01; their first season back in the Premier League following their promotion.
Almost everyone had tipped the club to go straight back down to the Championship (old First Division in those days), however, George Burley’s men had occupied a top-three spot for much of the campaign and despite suffering a blip in the winter months, they managed to finish strongly and qualify for European football.
But, things drastically changed for the Suffolk outfit the following year as they were subsequently relegated from England’s top-flight; having spent the majority of the campaign rooted to the bottom of the table and have since found it extremely difficult to recover from those ‘glory days’.
A drought in the Championship ensued and now Ipswich will be playing their football in League One.
Although it is extremely unlikely to happen to a team full of quality as Wolves, it would be wise for them to take note of the Tractor Boys’ demise and ensure they do not become complacent as the season draws on.
Burnley’s difficulties this year should only go on to further highlight that point and make them more aware of the dangers European football can have for a club that may not have the foundations in place to be able to deal with it – but it must be said Wolves seem better equipped than most to deal with the challenges they can face.
Still, it would not be such a bad thing if they were to look at the history books and learn from others’ mistakes.
Wolves and Ipswich fans, what do you think? Let us know below!