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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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blueboy1981 added 10:47 - May 10
Same old down voters ....... one track, just like McCarthy - identify themselves every time. Never need to where a, or the, Badge.

Lightningboy added 11:02 - May 10
No coincidence that his form returned as soon as someone came in who knew where & how to play him.

Well done Freddie...well done Bryan Klugg.


Swn98 added 12:01 - May 10
Where Bluebore?

Gcon added 12:31 - May 10
Bluebore - You have had it explained to you a thousand times. A down vote is not a personal attack, it is a difference of opinion.

BeattiesBackPocket added 12:51 - May 10
I swear you must be a budgie fan with some of the absolute dross you put on here with NOTHING to back it up with.
Youll find it was Sheepshanks whilst with best intentions spending money on two new stands at the expense of more funding in the team for that "2nd season syndrome" I don't think Burley was to blame at all. Finidi was a fantastic player but terrible for us, Le Pen was injured again not his fault, what about the good players he bought in Johnson, Stewart, Holland, Reuser, Magilton, Mowbray, the list is endless then theres the kids, Dyer, Scowcroft, Wright who played many games for us. He was sacked way to early in my opinion that was another downfall on Sheepshanks behalf also.
YOUR Messiah Mick bought in over 80 players in 5 years!!! Alot more than Burley and at alot of cost for signing on fees etc so please have some kind of actual facts before bludgeoning us all with petty remarks!

Lightningboy added 16:25 - May 10


Bluemoss added 16:33 - May 10
Still think he's one of the most lethal finishers at the club. Regaining confidence and playing up front in the right position, Freddie will be back on form.

Swn98 added 16:51 - May 10
Beattiesbackpocket FACT!!!!!

Swn98 added 16:52 - May 10
And no i'm not a budgie fan!!!!!

Swn98 added 16:58 - May 10
It was run for european glory that was the start of the downfall awful signings did not gel with the rest of the team that had got us promotion then the biggest catalyst because of the poor transfer policy relegation with no parachute money,
If we had consolidated another season, stayed up we would of survived financially and been able to gradually rebuild.
Just my opinion that doesn't seem to count on this site anymore.

happybeingblue added 17:55 - May 10
is anyone else ever so slightly annoyed that mick never bothered trying a bit of man management with jack marriott,he may have been a bit overweight etc when he came back for pre season training but that is talent we let go ...crazy decision ..yet we have persisted with hyam bishop etc

Elto added 18:00 - May 10
Seen the light Cat?

cat added 19:27 - May 10
Seeing the light Elto has never been my problem!!

Elto added 19:29 - May 10
Good man!

blueboy1981 added 19:52 - May 10
Same old Budgies - Swn98, Gcon, cat - not forgetting Elto.

Carrot Road is just where they deserve to be. Water will always find it's own level - they would do best to realise.

Swn98 added 19:54 - May 10
Bluebore you have dropped to the bottom of the sewer with your last post complete fool that you are.

blueboy1981 added 20:03 - May 10
Swn98 - shows how naive you and your cronies are to think that people can't see thro' you.

You're like looking thro' a pane of non obscured glass.

You're blatantly extremely unhappy with ITFC since your messiah left you behind - so follow him to his next Club, which I seem to remember some had predicted would be imminent .......... !!!! NOTE: - the wording is 'some' - just in case you missed that.

The Club sincerely doesn't need constant knockers like you people.

COME ON YOU BLUES. ONWARDS, UPWARDS, AND FORWARD. No time now for the 'knockers'.

Digest that if you can / may - you know who you are (hopefully anyway .. !! )

blueboy1981 added 20:05 - May 10
........ add ..... grinch - to that list. Well deserved membership.

blueboy1981 added 20:05 - May 10
........ add ..... grinch - to that list. Well deserved membership.

Swn98 added 20:08 - May 10
I am not nor never have knocked the club just idiots like you !!!!

blueboy1981 added 21:05 - May 10
Swn98 ...... just watch which way the wind blows tomorrow - and take note, I don't need to call you an idiot, I can do the necessary with words. I leave the abuse to the likes of you.... and your members.

Words are something you 'one liners' seem to have a problem with - abuse is the only option for such people - isn't it ... ???

blueboy1981 added 21:06 - May 10
Good Night, God Bless, and Sleep Well. I certainly will.

Elto added 22:07 - May 10
Well, after that ludicrous outburst, I'm sure you could do with a lie-down.

Swn98 added 07:30 - May 11
Bluebore seeing that you've spent the best part of two seasons knocking the club and true supporters I think your last post a bit rich.

cat added 12:43 - May 11
Blueboy, labelling me a budgie, low blow that one. Let’s hope your big enough to take the reprecussions which will be coming your way, cause in all honesty fella, I’ve simply had enough of your continuous bleating, prodding and hyprocritical ‘repeated’ postings.

Be seeing you 👌

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