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Magilton Linked With Return to Management
Wednesday, 12th Sep 2012 08:52

Former Blues boss and skipper Jim Magilton could be set for a return to management with Shamrock Rovers after Stephen Kenny was sacked by the Dublin side last night. Magilton, who has been out of work since leaving Australian club Melbourne Victory in April, is amongst the favourites to take over at the Airtricity Premier League side.

The 43-year-old previously worked at Shamrock Rovers, who ex-Blue Shane O’Connor joined in the summer, as assistant to his close friend Michael O’Neill, who is now in charge of Northern Ireland.

During that spell Rovers became the first Irish side to reach the group stages of the Europa League.

Champions again last year, they currently sit in fourth, 13 points off the top with the Irish season running through the summer.

Meanwhile, Blues midfielder Josh Carson was an unused sub last night as O’Neill’s Northern Irishmen drew 1-1 at home to Luxembourg in a World Cup qualifier.

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Urchin added 09:06 - Sep 12
whooopppiido. Slow day ?

bedsitfc added 09:07 - Sep 12
good, in the future will be a top manager.

bluey123 added 09:10 - Sep 12
Bring him back to PR at least he had passion for the club and lived in the area instead of lodging in Dedham Jewell has no commitment to the club.

floridaboy added 09:13 - Sep 12
Irish league football is about his mark. At least the players will understand what he says!!

And anyone who wants him back really does live in cuckoo land!

nthstd added 09:28 - Sep 12
Jim was a great player and will be a great manager. He is hotheaded and passionate which are excellent traits in a football manager. I do believe he still lives south of the border in North Essex. As for the Norn Ireland result last night, we had 9 premiership players on the pitch and they were unable to break down an off side trap that was almost played on teh centre circle. 13 off sides given against NI and 6 of them were disputeable. NI drew but it certainly felt like a defeat witht eh goal being deflected in of a NI defenders chest. Roy Carrol was in the goal and was a very comforting sight over Lee Camp.Josh would have been a very useful player to use with his pace and ability to run at defenders. A more agressive tighter team would have won. NI got sloppy which is their way and we drew.

Karlosfandangal added 09:42 - Sep 12
At least we looked like we would make the play offs with Jim.
Roy and Paul have really moved the club forward looking forward to mid table for another year.

Wickets added 10:16 - Sep 12
Good luck Super Jim,harshly treated during management by many town fans,best manager we have had under ME.

Tractamatt added 10:25 - Sep 12
Best of luck Jim I never thought the way he was treated at the end was right, in fact it was a low point for the club, as a player he was a terriffic asset and as a manager he was sacked just as things were starting to look up. Wednesday with a game on Saturday and no solid news of a centreback I hope things are'nt as quiet at Portman road as it seems. Anyone got a clue about the secret trialist yet. COYB.

daniel9624 added 10:27 - Sep 12
Not sure why this is on here. Been a long time since he was part of this club, and while i wish him all the best in the future, this not blues news.

FenboyBlue added 10:43 - Sep 12
Good to see Jim's got one or two irons in the fire.

PYBlue added 11:04 - Sep 12
Wish you where still here and not the current joke of a manager we have

irishtim added 11:10 - Sep 12
Respect & all to Jim. But where the bloody hell r our new defenders?? Getting worrying.

algarvefan added 11:19 - Sep 12
Could we have done any worse if we had kept Jim Magilton as our manager, I think not, the guy was a bit green and maybe had too many mates at the club, but he's Ipswich to the core and had real fire and passion. I remember him thumping David Johnson in one game when a player and almost getting sent off for it....priceless!!

Good Luck Jim, think you'll be a great manager one day and you were a great servant to the club.

MattinLondon added 11:26 - Sep 12
Hindsight is a greta thing to have and Jim was a lot better managet than Keane and at the moment was better then Jewell.

Money ruined Jims's management...he had too much too soon. 2.4 million for Norris was awful.

But I wish Jim all the best and hope that he becomes a brilliant mananger

steed added 12:17 - Sep 12
who cares.
All i am bothered about is getting central defenders in by saturday.
But will have a guess jewell will say the ones i wanted are no longer going out on loan.
odds 2-1 on no new defenders

runningout added 12:55 - Sep 12
some of the post on here are incredible.. in the past Jim Magilton has not been a success as a manager.. would wish him well, but has plenty to learn in that role

tallguy6767 added 13:00 - Sep 12
Why waste time reporting on this story who cares, bring us some news on any developments regarding the current team/ management.

runningout added 13:02 - Sep 12
lot of people lodge near there place of work, and have more passion than something that has heapfuls of passion

MaySixth added 13:52 - Sep 12
Dreadful manager. Will never forget him slamming the dressing room after the early season defeat against Wolves a few years back. Complete idiot.

MattinLondon added 14:05 - Sep 12
If people don't care about this story why on earth did they read it yet alone comment on it. From the title of this story its not exactly hard to fathom out what it is about.

Its like watching something on telly, which you don't like and at the end of it say that it was rubbish.

I'm quite interested in reading where ex-Town players or managers end up and so thank you Phil for bothering to report it.

Lightningboy added 14:11 - Sep 12
Bugger!!..the top line of that got me all excited for a moment...still missing you here Jimbo.

brian_a_mul added 14:15 - Sep 12
Jim was an undoubted great player for Town and was given the managers job without having any experience. He did a decent job but found it tough to go from team captain to manager. It was a very tough transtition for him and the players at the time.

I remember a group of players heading off on a drinking weekend mid season. It was embarrassing at the time.
Many of his tactics were mind boggling and questionable. Switching between goal keepers every second game was a diseaster and really unsettled the defense. It was like he was trying to please everyone.

Most of his former team mates have moved on or retired so that issue wouldnt be a problem.
With the passion he has for the club and with more experience I would like to see him back.

Best of luck at Shams, Jim.

Surco72 added 14:25 - Sep 12
Nostalgia is a funny thing - Magiltons Ipswich at the end was shocking and he had lost his way and the dressing room .Great servant of the club but was not up to the task . At the time of Keanes appointment there were few who didnt think this was an improvement ,hindsight he took us backwards but Magilton certainly would have done no better and the goal is too improve surely ?
If Jewell doesnt achieve improvement this season he will be gone and another will have the chance , dont discount the Redknapp rumours there is alot of talk in the Poole area where he lives as he can walk away from Bournemouth at any time

mark1969 added 14:29 - Sep 12
Anyone any other news Hyams/Martins contract , dare i mention centre halves ? Is anyone at Portman Road or are we waiting due to the 93 day loan rule so all will be rushed on saturday morning or next week next month .i guess no news is good news? Great banter on this site last night at least it shows we have some passion for the club.

alfromcol added 15:15 - Sep 12
JM is history and is no longer in the recent past. Good player, but manager?

What about these 2 centre halves we want? Looks like we will have to rely on a jet-lagged Tommy Smith. Hope he can stay awake in the centre of our defence on Saturday?

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