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Burley Interested in Old Job
Thursday, 25th Oct 2012 10:32

Former boss George Burley has confirmed that he will be applying for his old job at Portman Road. The 56-year-old Scot took the Blues into the Premier League and then the UEFA Cup in a successful spell in charge between 1994 and 2002.

Speaking to Radio Suffolk, Burley said he would be applying: “Of course. My life has been around Ipswich all my football career virtually, since I was a 15-year-old. It’s in my blood.

“I’m moving back to Suffolk soon as well. Anything you can do for the club, you do. When you’ve been involved with it for so long it’s something you don’t forget.”

The former full-back recently left Cypriot side Apollon Limassol after a brief spell in charge.

Two of Burley’s team-mates, Mick Mills and Terry Butcher, have also been linked with the role.

The former centre-half looks more likely to be a potentially serious contender – terrace rumours having circulated about a Town approach earlier in the month - while Mills has been out of management for some years.

Striker Michael Chopra has suggested his former Newcastle team-mate Alan Shearer as Paul Jewell’s replacement and says he wishes the ex-Blues boss well: “A disappointing day yesterday with Paul Jewell leaving. I want to wish Paul all the best in the future.

"Now a massive game Saturday, need to get this great club back where it belongs. Who do the fans want as manager?

“I would love to see Alan Shearer as manager such a good person and worked and played under some great managers including Sir Bobby Robson.”

Former Charlton and West Ham boss Alan Curbishley is seen as the favourite by most of this morning’s national newspapers.

As reported last night, Dougie Freedman has completed his move to Bolton.


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Solman added 10:40 - Oct 25
Have heard from a reliable source that Clegg has already spoke to MK Dons regarding the position of Karl Robinson.
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KiwiBlue2 added 10:42 - Oct 25
Sadly I think George would be a backward step buit there would be no doubting his motivation and commitment ....... a ticket of Burley as manager and Sheepshanks as CEO would be interesting.... perhaps Terry could sort out the defence. I that is got right we are a real chance every match .... onwards and upwards...
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Skippy93 added 10:43 - Oct 25
Mills? No. Butcher? No. Burley? Never go back.

Just because they've played for the club and they love the club, doesn't mean they're the right manager for the club.
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Lightningboy added 10:45 - Oct 25
In an ideal world i'd love to see George (or Jim) back here and make a success of it...the thing is I wouldn't want them to put up with some of the moronic stick that gets thrown about far too easily these days..they're better than that.

I think George could do a job here running the entire football club top to bottom but leaving the 1st team to someone new.

I've got a horrible feeling we're all going to be slightly surprised/underwhelmed yet again by our owner's choice.
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reyes added 10:46 - Oct 25
I don't care about the saying 'never go back' get Burley in!
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BotesdaleBlue added 10:46 - Oct 25
Thanks for what you've done in the past George, but I really don't think we can turn the clock back 18 years. You've had your go and we enjoyed your time in charge and Wembley 2000, but we must look elsewhere I feel.
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hodgie1989 added 10:48 - Oct 25
Skippy 93 what about consistently finishing in the playoffs and getting 5th in our first season back in the premiership? Isn't that the sign of a good manager?
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Daleyitfc added 10:49 - Oct 25
Burley is another 'yesterday man', as is Curbishley (though given a choice of the 2, I'd pick GB). There is a long history of managers being given 2nd chances at various clubs, and almost always that 2nd spell is a disaster. I truly believe that Dale Roberts was the 'power behind the throne' for Burley (as was Taylor for Clough), and without him he just doesn't have the insight to be a good manager
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Skippy93 added 10:50 - Oct 25
hodgie1989 Yes - that was a decade ago. There isn't a Town fan on the planet that won't forever be grateful to George Burley.
But this is 2012 - people are letting their hearts rule their heads.
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itfc1981 added 10:52 - Oct 25
GET HIM BACK NOW! Holland number 2!
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Pogle added 10:52 - Oct 25
I appreciate the calls for a young, hungry manager to be appointed. We'd all love to see someone in a young Alf Ramsey, Bobby Robson or George Burley mould. However, in each of those cases these young managers had the direct ear of the Chairman of the club. Part of their role was to persuade, encourage or lobby their Chairman to secure the services of the players they wanted or needed to build their team. Times have changed, we now have a detached owner (with numerous other interests), who has appointed an intermediary to carry out his day to day responsibilities at the club (CEO). This extra layer acts as a convenient buffer for the Chairman, but equally it may just be the stumbling block in our managers securing their staffing requirements. For that reason, I believe we need a more senior manager, someone in a John Lyall or Joe Royle mould who wont be brow beaten, and has the clout to go to Marcus Evens direct.
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bluemingood added 10:53 - Oct 25
George Burley? BIG yes please.
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not_a_witty_name added 10:53 - Oct 25
Would love Burley back with a 10 year plan and give him a long contract as we don't need just a short term fix, we also need a long term solution.
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TractorMan added 10:55 - Oct 25
Never go back and just not convinced he's the right type of manager we need right now

Head needs to over-rule heart here.....
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mawwam added 10:55 - Oct 25
I cant think of an example where a has a successful time at a club, then goes back years later and has the same success.... However I would still be very happy with this, even if it is only to stop Curbishly or McCarthy coming here!!
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martleshamitfc added 10:57 - Oct 25
No thank you, as already posted, this needs to be the right appointment and letting your heart rule your head is not the way forward. and will people stop saying Holland as no.2 - has Matt Holland ever indicated going into management?
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Chris_ITFC added 10:58 - Oct 25
would love him to come back and be a success. but it is a hell of a difficult job, and it would be such a shame for a legend's reputation to be tarnished by a failure.
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Jon_456 added 10:59 - Oct 25
Would rather not have someone associated with the club already. Norwich and newcastle both sacked their manager then brought in ex players, gunn and shearer, and both got relegated. We need someone new! although i would rather have burley over curbishley or mccarthy!
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itsonlyme added 10:59 - Oct 25
I don't think it is right to expect any of our legends to take over the role of Manager. Let them remain legends and get in someone with fresh ideas and who can sort out the players.
I feel a 32-36 year old is probably too young but who knows I may well be wrong. Whoever it is, is going to be crucial for the future.
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blue_enough added 10:59 - Oct 25
Has to be Tony Mowbray - he was a true leader on the pitch and later an influential coach, pay Middlesborough whatever they want!
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blue_enough added 11:00 - Oct 25
p.s we all know Burley likes a drink or two eh?
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cutmeibleedblue added 11:04 - Oct 25
2000 play-off victory, 5th place in first season, and European football that followed will never be forgotten.
However, that was the pinnacle. One year later, getting thumped 9-0 at Old Trafford, relegation, then administration and 10 years of mediochre second division football. That's the legacy of George Burley and he's failed to peak again at any club, in any role since. Time to look forward not back.
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StuartBrett8 added 11:04 - Oct 25
I'm very suspicious... I think George might have been sounded out a few weeks ago?

Not that I mind as it clearly didn't work out for P.J
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WickedBlue added 11:07 - Oct 25
Never go back? That saying might be true for girlfriends but for football managers it is total BS. George never should have been fired in the first place and I for one would welcome him back. I would also be happy with Mills and Butcher as well. For them being manager if Ipswich is far more than just a job. How about getting all three in in varyinging jobs and let the old boys sort this club out.
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ITFC_Budapest added 11:07 - Oct 25
Not my first choice but I would welcome Burley back, let's not forget the heights he achieved and the fact that the subsequent demise was as much to do with the core of the team being sold than anything he did
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