Duo are on a steep learning curve

ROOKIE management team Jim Magilton and Bryan Klug are on as steep a learning curve as many of the players but the Blues coach believes they can make the necessary changes.

By Derek Davis

ROOKIE management team Jim Magilton and Bryan Klug are on as steep a learning curve as many of the players but the Blues coach believes they can make the necessary changes.

Klug, who stepped up from Academy Director to be Magilton's right-hand man when he was handed the job in the summer, is looking for some of his young charges to step up, although he insists the time has to be right.

One former member of his FA Youth Cup-winning side that could well be in line for a regular first-team run is Danny Haynes when he returns from his loan spell at Millwall.


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Haynes has at least one more outing in a Lions shirt when they go to Swansea on Saturday, but he will be returned to the Portman Road fold in time for their home game with Luton on Sunday, October 29.

With Mark Noble suspended for the Luton game after picking up five bookings, it is likely Haynes will jump straight back into the team.

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Klug has kept tags on the youngster, who went to school within a long kick of the New Den, and has been impressed with his progress.

Klug said: “It was always the plan that Danny would come back after a month.

“The idea was for Danny to get as many games as he can. We are not getting a lot of reserve fixtures, so it was imperative he got some league football and that will benefit him

“I have seen Danny play for Millwall and he has done well, scored a couple of goals and generally played his part.

“We know he has the pace and the power so it is a case of toughening up in competitive games and learning games at league level.

“He will get fitness and, as Millwall are in a scrap, he can only come back a better player and it helps that we know Willie (Donachie) and he knows us and what we think of our young players.”

Although Town have brought in Gary Roberts from Accrington Stanley, initially on loan but with a view to a permanent move that could cost them around £200,000, Klug can see more arrivals.

He said: “The balance of the team is not what Jim wants at the moment. We are papering over a few cracks and, even when we were winning, I didn't feel we were playing that well and creating enough chances.

“When we have had the bad results it is possibly not as bad as people on the outside may think.

“Saturday's result was a true reflection of the game but overall we are not as bad as people think but nor are we as good as some think.”

Keeping the team on an even keel is important for Klug and Town are also looking for long-term stability and need to be prepared for when they lose Noble next month, and then Simon Walton in January as they return on loan, while Jon Macken's future is undecided.

Klug said: “The loan players do paper over cracks. Mark and Simon have done a great job for us but we know loan players are for the short term unless we have a realistic chance of signing them.

“You look to bring quality players in and all you can ask is that they show the same sort of attitude that Mark and Simon have.

“It buys you time to identify players you want to buy in the transfer market and you will have done your homework on the right players to bring in.”

Another player that could well make his debut within the next month or so is central defender Ian Miller, bought for a nominal fee from non-league Bury Town.

Klug said: “Ian Miller's attitude has been first class.

“He has been very well coached at Bury, has the ability to learn quickly and has shown he is prepared to put his body on the line and is very close to playing.

He is possibly a couple of reserve games away from a place. He has been named in the squad as a reward and is there on merit.

“If he carries on as he has been, he will be challenging the centre-half positions, although we don't want to put him in until we are sure he is ready.”

Injuries and suspensions are always key and Klug admits the loss of Owen Garvan so far this season, and Gavin Williams recently due to an groin operation, has not helped Town's cause.

He said: “Gavin and Owen are two of our best players and have been missed. They are high-quality players who can keep the ball and create chances. In Owen's case we have not seen him at all and, when he does come back, it will be a big plus for us.

“Last year Joe (Royle) had to put up with losing four or five players at a time, so we can't use it as an excuse.”

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