Ambrose tips Town for promotion

DARREN Ambrose has tipped Ipswich Town to join him in the Premiership at the next time of asking, after missing out this time around.Ambrose became a fully-fledged Magpie on Sunday when he made his Newcastle United debut at West Bromwich Albion, but admits he would have liked to have stayed and helped Town succeed in their last-gasp promotion push.

DARREN Ambrose has tipped Ipswich Town to join him in the Premiership at the next time of asking, after missing out this time around.

Ambrose became a fully-fledged Magpie on Sunday when he made his Newcastle United debut at West Bromwich Albion, but admits he would have liked to have stayed and helped Town succeed in their last-gasp promotion push.

He said: "I was really gunning for them and at one point I really thought they were going to make the play-offs. I would have loved to have been there to help but it was not to be.

"I'm really confident Ipswich will go up next time. They have a great squad and if they can hang on to the majority of the squad they will go up.


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"They also have a lot of great youngsters coming through and if they can live up to expectations they will have a big impact."

Ambrose impressed in his 20-minute showing after replacing Nolberto Solano and manager Sir Bobby Robson has been extremely pleased with the former Town Academy star since signing him in March.

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Robson added: "Young Ambrose has great feet and a super footballing brain.

"He really looks the part and our fans will see a lot more from him in the future. Nobby was extremely unlucky to come off, but he has plenty of experience at this level and that's what it's all about for Darren right now."

Although Ambrose made his debut for Ipswich at Arsenal in the Premiership it was another big step for him to make his bow in front of the travelling Toon Army at The Hawthorns.

He said: "It was a great experience. It is a team full of fantastic players who can all do special things, as they often do. I was looking forward to doing my stuff and they helped me to fit in straight away. They already seem to know what I need and how I play, which helps.

"The manager has been brilliant with me, he takes me aside after training and tells me what he wants and what to work on."

While Ipswich will be looking for automatic promotion next season, Ambrose and his team-mates have their sights set higher.

He said: "We want to go as far as we can in the Champions' League and with the squad we have, we really feel we can win the Premier League and it could well happen in the very near future."

Ambrose signed for Newcastle United from Ipswich Town in March under the 'club in distress' loophole and was able to play in the first team as he signed before the midnight deadline set by the Premier League.

Hermann Hreidarsson signed for Charlton four days later but had missed the deadline and so was unable to play in the Addicks' first team.

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