The Football League have announced today a controversial plan to rename England’s second top tier as “The Ipswich Town Level League” as a tribute to the club’s remarkable sixteen-year stint without facing promotion or relegation.
The idea came after Ipswich failed to secure a play-off place after failing to beat Sheffield Wednesday away, thus making it mathematically impossible to reach the top six.
The Football League’s Chief Executive, Shaun Harvey, has defended the controversial plans, saying: ‘I think Ipswich’s consistency at this level has gone under the radar. To keep getting so close to the play-offs each season, and then finishing mid-table virtually every single time over such a prolonged period is a great achievement’.
Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy stated: ‘It’s a great honour to be recognised in this way, it’s given a relatively mediocre boost to our already mediocre squad, and they’ll now be fired up for the start of the next season where we’ll end finishing, ooh, let’s say eighth’.
Local rivals Norwich City have not welcomed the move insisting that it should be re-named “The Norwich City Yo-Yo league” following their recent relegation from the Premier League. One local Norwich fan complained: ‘We either get promoted or relegated each season, so why don’t we get leagues named after us? Playing so well or so poorly each season surely warrants some form of recognition’.
However, as a caveat for being given such an honour, Ipswich will now surely try even harder than ever to prove The Football League boss’s wrong by achieving promotion at the sixteenth time, or by getting themselves relegated to the newly-dubbed “The Best Leyton Orient Can Ever Hope For” Division.