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Osman: Scholarships Should Be Longer
Osman: Scholarships Should Be Longer
Wednesday, 25th Jan 2012 16:11

Town U18s coach Russell Osman says he’d be in favour of academy scholarships lasting for three and not two years as is currently the case. Former defender Osman joined the club not long after manager Paul Jewell took over a year ago.

Osman told the club site: "As it stands, the academy scholarships run for two years, so the lads finish them at aged 18, but in my opinion they should really be a year longer.

"I think that way there would be more of a level playing field for all of the kids, because by the time they are 19 or 20 they are pretty much all emotionally and physically developed.

"Whereas at the minute there are still some boys we see that could benefit from having another year here to develop a little further, before having to make the decision on whether to offer them a professional deal or not.”

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spanish_archer added 16:25 - Jan 25
Makes Sense.

How many young kids have been ditched at 18 because there too small in the last 20 years in English football.
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JewellintheTown added 16:31 - Jan 25
We should get Osman in our current back four never mind coaching the U18's - could still at his age do better than the current ones.
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Old_Git_at_TRAINING added 16:36 - Jan 25
I totally agree with Osman.
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Mutiny added 16:36 - Jan 25
First sensible comment from PR for a while.
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Lightningboy added 16:43 - Jan 25
Spot on Russell..the guy is a legend.

Fantasy scenario - Jewell goes,Osman takes temporary charge,keeps us up,gets the job..happy days.
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VanIsleBlue added 16:54 - Jan 25
Apology letter sent to Mr Magilton.
Jewell resigns and takes Hutchings, Lidell etc with him
Osman is caretaker till end of season and buys 2 central defenders two right backs a goalkeeper and a young playmaker. Chopra returns to form and scores 12 goals in the run in
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shoopdelang added 17:09 - Jan 25
I Agree with this. However I have watched the u18s on a regular basis this season and even with another year I can not see the majority of them improving enough to be offered deals. I do not like to say this but it is the poorest Ipswich u18 side I have seen in years and unfortunately seems to be following the rest of the club in going downhill. Anyway onwards and upwards as they say lets hope i am wrong and we produce some exciting players to push our club forward
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petermorris added 20:28 - Jan 25
I keep hearing that The Owner (whoever he is) is about to scrap the Academy as it is not ‘economically viable’ (and the land must be worth a fortune). Bearing in mind that this is The Owner who allowed the sale of JRhodes (and lost Andy Rhodes in the process), plus sold or let other good players go for beer money, and employed a retired parachutist as Chief Ex', and the idiot 'Keano' as 'manager', I'm beginning to really worry now... PJ, who is a football man, doesn’t stand a chance.

Bring on West Ham.
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fourth added 20:34 - Jan 25
I have never understood why Russell O refuses to manage ITFC.

He must have been asked every time there has been a vacancy.

I don't KNOW but I really think this club needs to be run by an ex-player.

Sorry PJ, but you have NOT invested yourself in the area and things are not working out for you as we would all have hoped.

Total dedication is the only answer.
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bobble added 09:57 - Jan 26
i agree everything should be longer and at least 70% of all things should be bubblier
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newboy added 12:31 - Jan 26
I would agree having watched them this is the poorest U18 side for a long time and most of them look unworthy of a pro deal but when whight is in action he does not look like he deserved a pro deal either so who knows. Osman does not look a great manager or motivator from the displays at games and a few of the players get moved around the field in a different position every week so you would have to question the methods in the right environment as in Scotland a 3rd year may be beneficial but then they would never get a game here a handful of reserve games and played mostly by OAPS so it is a useless point to make
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