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Sears: Difficult Season for Me
Wednesday, 9th May 2018 17:34

Striker Freddie Sears has admitted 2017/18 was a difficult campaign for him but is pleased to be going into the summer having netted a goal in each of the final two matches.

Sears, 28, hadn’t scored for 38 matches stretching back to the end of the previous season before he found the net in the 4-0 win at Reading and then opened the scoring during Sunday’s final game of the season 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough.

“It was a difficult season for me personally,” the former West Ham man told iFollow Ipswich.

“I think it was frustrating for a number of reasons but mainly because I wasn’t playing as much as I would have liked to and also because I wasn’t scoring goals.

“But to get on the scoresheet in the last two games was important and the season I’ve had made it that bit more special.

“It was something that I needed and finishing on a high will give me some confidence going into the break.

“The season was tough for the whole squad, though and while we’re looking forward to a rest now, we’ll be desperate to get back at it when next season comes around.”

Speaking in March, the January 2015 signing from Colchester admitted he might have to consider a move away from Portman Road this summer in order to play more regularly.

“I want to be playing, scoring and achieving stuff. It’s a decision I’ll have to make and we’ll see what happens,” he said.

“I’m not saying that I’m going to be leaving – that’s not the case. But we all think about our future and there will be some other boys also thinking about what they’re going to do.

“I’ve still got next year left on my contract here and I’m happy here, so let’s wait and see.”

Meanwhile, Paul Hurst remains the favourite for the Town manager’s job at 2-1 with Bet Victor - and 7-4 odds-on with SkyBet - with his current club Shrewsbury in action in the first leg of the League One play-offs against Charlton at the Valley on Thursday (Sky Sports Football 7.30pm).

Former Blues striker Shefki Kuqi is Bet Victor's second-favourite at 8-1, Simon Grayson, who has just left Bradford City after a short spell, is at 8-1 and Mark Warburton and St Mirren boss Jack Ross are at 10-1.

Ex-Tottenham and Aston Villa manager Tim Sherwood, who TWTD revealed had been interviewed for the Blues vacancy on Monday, is at 12-1.

The 49-year-old is understood to have impressed Marcus Evans but is believed to want to change the current management structure, something the Blues owner said he wasn’t looking to do in his recent iFollow Ipswich interview.

The largely negative reaction from fans to the news that Sherwood was in the running will also have been noted with the club keen to build bridges with supporters after the fractious last couple of seasons under Mick McCarthy.

Former Town manager George Burley, Paul Cook, who yesterday signed a new four-year deal with Wigan, Frank Lampard and Tony Mowbray are all at 16-1.

Elsewhere, former Blues defender Josh Yorwerth, 23, has been named Crawley Town’s Young Player of the Season for 2017/18.

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JackSted added 17:38 - May 9
Please stay Sears. You've shown how good you can be when played down the middle.

cat added 17:42 - May 9
I gave up on Freddie a few months ago, but in all honesty he’s played himself back in the reckoning. Juries still out for me though.

martin587 added 17:44 - May 9
For me he deserves a descent run in the team,but down the middle.

Pilgrimblue added 17:50 - May 9
Didn't think his contract was up but just shows that playing in right position and he'll score. Hope new man will do.

lightingblue added 17:51 - May 9
Personally I’d like to keep sears. His a decent player at this level. Every player has bad spells throughout their career with some being longer than others. By taking this into consideration, there may well be several reasons for this of which we do not know. Hopefully the bad spell is over and done with and let’s hope his on fire next season and pushes Ipswich onwards and upwards. As I say he doesn’t become a bad player overnight.

Suffolk_n_Good added 18:02 - May 9
McCarthy is completely to blamd for Sears’ lack of goals & drop in confidence, continuosly playing him out of position, delighted he has finished the season with a couple of goals, think he can still do a job for us.... playing in the correct position!!!

Gforce added 18:09 - May 9
Please not Grayson more dour than McCarthy.
Hurst my no 1 choice,young ambitious coach,has done a great job at Shrewsbury on limited resources.Seems a very humble guy,who would be proud to manage the blues.

intercept12 added 18:09 - May 9
Exactly SnG, not his fault that most of those 38 matches he wasn't playing down the middle. A good squad player to have, his judgement for those 2 goals was great.

Sir_Bob added 18:11 - May 9
Play him up the middle. If he scores goals, brilliant.
If he doesn’t, he’s out of contract, brilliant
If he’s going to be played on the wing, let the poor lad leave this summer. No point keeping an unhappy player.

MooseJuice added 18:38 - May 9
"...some other boys also thinking about what they’re going to do."

Interesting. I wonder if one of those is Bart? :(

Hopefully Freddie stays, get played, maybe in a front two, and scores the goals we know he's capable of. He worked well with Waghorn, and I'd like to see more of that.

tractorboybig added 18:51 - May 9
One of our better players abused by MM. Should start up front and a better choice than mcgoldrick ever was.

blueboy1981 added 18:59 - May 9
Freddie - anyone who knows what they are watching, knows what you are capable of. You're on fire again, your torture has ended, I am convinced that any Manager coming in would know what you can do, and would want you in his squad.

Credit to you that your confidence has returned, and you weren't ruined completely, by you know who.

Get in there Freddie - we want you at Portman Road. Most of us know that you've had a raw deal, and appreciate the fact you always did your best, out of position. You weren't the only one either.

dirtydingusmagee added 19:02 - May 9
hope you stay and play, if played in natural position WILL get goals.

Monkey_Blue added 19:32 - May 9
I like Sears as a player but given at the start of the season, Waghorn, Garner, Celina and McGoldrick were scoring who would you have left out for him? I know the left isn’t his favourite or best position but he’d scored playing there before. Simply put on form he wasn’t worth a place in the side and then when he had chances he didn’t demand selection. Those blaming MM are off their heads.... Sears wasn’t worth a starting role. His goal drought or general lack of regular goals went long before this season.

SheptonMalletBlue added 19:37 - May 9
Good on you Freddie, cracking goal on Sunday too. Your a great player, played in the right position. Must have been very frustrating playing under the previous regime!

itfchorry added 19:38 - May 9
You are my Ipswich
My only Ipswich
You make me happy when skies are grey

You never noticed, how much I love you -

Thank you for taking McCarthy away

SheptonMalletBlue added 19:40 - May 9
Good to read as well that it seems Sherwood is out of the running. Cockey little cockney!!

Westy added 19:50 - May 9
I've always rated Freddie. He was scoring regularly until McCarthy started playing him out of position.

CalmoreBlue added 20:07 - May 9
Must admit got a bit emotional when Freddie lashed his shot home on Sunday, so pleased for the lad. Two in Two and I thought played really well against Boro, full of energy confidence and a desire to have the ball.
Great to have him on board and playing where he should be.

dukey44 added 20:22 - May 9
Sorry but it goes to show how bad the old manager had become at running plsyers? Just an opinion but he certainly recovered when put in his correct position....

Bad_Boy_Mark added 20:37 - May 9
Great to see Freddie back in his favoured position and back in the goals - long may it continue!!

grinch added 20:39 - May 9
Imo is not good enough for Town has lost speed his first goal was good closing down but massive amount of luck so 1 goal from a player whovshould get at least double figures and has not assisted neither. Terrible last couplevof seasons will do well in lower league. If Mac has gone then sears must also follow younger strikers with more hunger in our squad should be played in front of him of we jave ambition then sears is the kind of player we must let go

grinch added 20:39 - May 9
Imo is not good enough for Town has lost speed his first goal was good closing down but massive amount of luck so 1 goal from a player whovshould get at least double figures and has not assisted neither. Terrible last couplevof seasons will do well in lower league. If Mac has gone then sears must also follow younger strikers with more hunger in our squad should be played in front of him of we jave ambition then sears is the kind of player we must let go

jas0999 added 20:39 - May 9
Badly let down by McCarthy who played him out of position, destroyed his confidence and then dropped him. Style of play also didn’t help. No surprised he thrived under Klug.

New manager situation hotting up nicely. Personally I’d stay away from the has been managers, and appoint someone different. Young, but with some experience. Not Sherwood. Hurst ticks all boxes.

12th_Man added 20:39 - May 9
Wasn't easy for us either

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