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Fabian Wilnis: ‘I thought about applying for the Ipswich Town manager’s job’

PUBLISHED: 11:00 05 December 2012

Fabian Wilnis

Fabian Wilnis

FASHION may be his passion, but Fabian Wilnis admits he did consider applying for the Ipswich Town manager’s job.

The 42-year-old – a firm fans’ favourite at Portman Road during his decade there as a player – hung up his boots in 2009 to become a model, as well as director of sportswear company Jemsz.

His love of football has never waned though. And having steadily worked through his coaching badges back in his native Holland, he was assistant manager at Dutch amateur side vv Heerjansdam for a spell, before he returned to England to link up with former Town men Tony Humes and John McGreal at Colchester United’s Centre of Excellence.

So when his beloved Blues parted company with manager Paul Jewell at the beginning of last month, Wilnis admits he seriously thought about throwing his hat in the ring.

Speaking to Essex Style Magazine not long after Mick McCarthy was given the job, he said: “I was really thinking about it to be honest, but then I found out they were looking for a more experienced coach who had a good track record.

“It is still a dream of mine to become a Town manager one day. If they were to approach me about becoming the manager, or assistant manager, I would do it straight away. I guess it’s up to them to choose what kind of character is right for the group.”

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‘It’s a cattle show’ – See today’s EADT (page 16 of the Green’Un supplement) for Wilnis’ strong views on the number of loanees at Ipswich Town, as well his thoughts on what relegation could mean for his beloved Blues. Not in Suffolk or north Essex? Buy an e-edition: http://www.eadt.co.uk/home/e-edition

Ipswich Town boss Mick McCarthy believes Blues skipper Luke Chambers is management material and has joked he might end up being the defender’s assistant one day.

Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick feels he’s back ‘on song’ and is targeting his best ever goals haul this season.

Ipswich Town supporter Mike Dove has written an open letter to fellow Blues fans on Twitter after last weekend’s 2-0 home win over Bolton was played in front of the lowest league crowd at Portman Road in 19 years. Here it is, plus some reaction.

Ipswich Town take on Leeds United, at Elland Road, in a top-six Championship match tomorrow afternoon (3pm). STUART WATSON previews the match.

David McGoldrick believes Ipswich Town have what it takes to stay in the Championship top six spots.

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says he will always be football’s ultimate pragmatist.

Ipswich Town take on Championship table-toppers Leeds United, at Elland Road, on Saturday.

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Norwich City 0

Ipswich Town 5

Ipswich Town Ladies claimed the first bragging rights of the season with a resounding 5-0 victory over local rivals Norwich City at Norwich United’s Plantation Park last night, writes Kieren Standley

Ipswich Town skipper Luke Chambers says no-one at Portman Road is getting carried away by the start to the season the Blues have made – but they are ‘enjoying the ride’.

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