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

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

9 comments

  • Come on EADT this is not newsworthy. I thought about applying for CEO of Virgin Group, where were you then huh?

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    imfromsuffolkgiveme5

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • Don't worry Stupid Budgie, we don't want to exclude you from our chats by talking about the 'H' word....but one thing the 'H'word shows is that what goes around comes around, so enjoy your mid table premier experience while it lasts. Cheap cheap!

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    GorlestonBoy

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • Fabian Wilnis is a blue, he hates Naaaaaaarwich!!

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    Jason Geroge

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • the reason he hates the premier league team from norfolk is jealousy. [and please no more history lessons] otbc

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    clever canary

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • And why not? Fab's philosophy is a good one. After all, being a failed football manager is as good as winning the lottery - and you don't even have to buy a ticket.

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    Rob Steroo

    Thursday, December 6, 2012

  • Clever canary = oxymoron

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    TrueBlue

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • Wilnis's management track record makes Jewell look like Bobby Robson. Enough said.

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    Tom

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • slow day, Clever Canary?

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    Tom

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

  • Why clever canary does the history make you feel inadequate. I'd rather be a team with pedigree any day of the week. Live up you current status, you're still not winning anything.

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    redhotitfc

    Wednesday, December 5, 2012

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