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Ipswich Town stars should stay put, says Bryan Hamilton

06:00 11 December 2014

Ipswich Town defender Tyrone Mings

Ipswich Town defender Tyrone Mings

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Former Ipswich Town midfielder Bryan Hamilton has urged the Blues’ prize assets to resist temptation should the Premier League vultures come circling in the January transfer window.

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There’s no suggestion that Town owner Marcus Evans would give in to big-money offers for players like Tyrone Mings and David McGoldrick, especially having rejected multi-million pound bids in August from Crystal Palace and Leicester respectively.

Mings claimed not to be fazed by the Eagles’ interest and has since been linked with the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea, while McGoldrick raised his profile by starring on his Republic of Ireland debut last month.

Town’s lofty position has proved the Blues have players capable of featuring in the top-flight, but Hamilton believes staying at Portman Road could turn their dreams into reality.

“I don’t think anyone will be going anywhere and I would be telling the players that this is a great opportunity for all the squad and they just have to keep believing in what they are doing,” said the Northern Irishman, who also had a spell as assistant manager at Portman Road. “They are playing in a top-two side that looks capable of winning promotion and I would say if people want them in January, they will still want them in June.

“You only need to look at certain players that left the club in the past who did not blossom.

“The timing is crucial when you are looking at leaving a football club for a bigger arena.

“There will be certain players in a promotion side that get courted by Premier League clubs and if they are interested in a big move, then you have to respect that as well.

“But the players are playing in a good place, performing well, winning matches and confidence is high at the moment.

“They need to enjoy it all and if they win promotion, their standing will go up as a result.”

9 comments

  • miketyreson - just what gives you the right to act as a spokesman for Bobby Robson ??? There is no escaping the fact that Hamilton is giving advice here that he did not follow himself. While I would not be arrogant enough guess what BR would have thought I think I can confidently say that he would never have gone on to manage Norwich !!!!!!!

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    Old Timer

    Saturday, December 13, 2014

  • Old Timer,the late,great Bobby Robson would have torn a strip off of you for your comments. Absolute tosh.

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    miketyreson

    Friday, December 12, 2014

  • BlueArgyll

    Thursday, December 11, 2014

  • Not sure where all this respect for Hamilton comes from ??? This 'genuine' 'gentleman' was plucked from non league obscurity in much the same way as Mings - & did not hesitate when his chance came to join a bigger club in Everton Similarly when he had the chance to manage Norwich there were no feelings of loyalty to ITFC & he jumped at the opportunity. OK he might have done simply the same as most proffessionals but I fail to see where all this reverence comes from ??? For example Joe Royle dine a brilliant job at Ipswich yet was never forgiven by sections of fans here for playing a mere handful of games for Norwich !!!!

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    Old Timer

    Thursday, December 11, 2014

  • I am afraid this is all a question of mind set! Will the young men of today resist the urge of playing for the top clubs (siimply put there with Sky money) or will the togetherness and excitement of achieving an everlasting distinction with their current mates win out - that really is what it is about! If we want to hang on to them we have got to tell them so NOW and offer them lucrative contracts which will go some way to helping them make a positive decision for us. I get crosss when I hear todays young Ipswich supporteers say "We can never be a top team aagain"! Rubbish, of course we can and if we want that to happen we must resist approaches (right now) invest in all their futures and keep on gelling them into a team that wants to take on the world and win. Dear God please let it happen! Bryan, you speak wisdom, you are and always were a gentleman. Well said Sir.

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    BlueArgyll

    Thursday, December 11, 2014

  • I suspect that the players will choose whether they go or not. Being 2nd or higher is likely to encourage them to stay.

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    Tom

    Thursday, December 11, 2014

  • A real genuine man.

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    NB

    Thursday, December 11, 2014

  • Brian Brian Hamilton, Brian, Hamilton. Well said sir

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    jungle boy

    Thursday, December 11, 2014

  • Loved watching Bryan play.

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    david peters

    Thursday, December 11, 2014

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