Bullard reveals his top two managers

JIMMY Bullard has revealed his two favourite managers, in the wake of another man-of-the-match performance against relegation-haunted Scunthorpe on Saturday.

JIMMY Bullard has revealed his two favourite managers, in the wake of another man-of-the-match performance against relegation-haunted Scunthorpe on Saturday.

Bullard crashed home his fourth goal for Ipswich Town, since his loan move from Hull City at the end of January, to seal a 2-0 win for Paul Jewell’s men.

It is no surprise that Jewell, whom he played under during four successful years at Wigan, is in his top two of favourite managers.

The other occupying Bullard’s joint top spot is Barry Fry.


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“I’ve had a lot of success under Paul (Jewell), with four years at Wigan,” explained Bullard.

“We went up two leagues, got into the Premier League, got into a Cup final and stayed in the Premier League.

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“So for me he is probably the best manager I’ve ever worked under, alongside Barry Fry as well.

“Barry gave me my first chance in my career, when I was 22. That seems a very long time ago now!

“I was just chatting to the boys about Barry earlier, and how he gave me my first chance. I’ll always remember it. We were away at Swindon, in front of 2,000 people, which back then felt like 50,000.

“That’s why I owe a lot to Barry, and to Paul,” added Bullard.

Midfield dynamo Bullard, who is on loan at Portman Road until the end of the season, also revealed how Jewell reacted to the team’s previous home performance, a woeful 3-0 defeat at the hands of Watford last Tuesday evening.

“Paul has come here wanting to play attacking football. He hates losing,” continued Bullard.

“You wouldn’t have liked to have been in the changing room the other night, after Watford.

“Even today he wanted more from us. That’s the way he is, and the boys know this.”

Bullard still has two years left on his contract at Hull, after this summer, and it is certain that he would have to agree to take a pay-cut, if he was to make the move from Humberside to Suffolk a permanent one.

He insists that Town, with him or without him, are set for a good season next term.

“It’s going to be a good place to be next year, I feel, so all the best to Paul,” continued Bullard.

“Despite the position that we are in, you still want to impress, especially in front of the manager who is going to pick the team next year. So there is still plenty to play for.”

And on the long-running saga of “will he, won’t he,” sign for Town on a permanent deal, Bullard was refreshingly honest.

“The situation is still the same as it was a few weeks ago. There’s not been a lot of movement, and I haven’t heard from anyone. I’ve just got my head down and played football,” explained Bullard.

“It’s a little bit out of my hands because its up to the two clubs, not one but two.

“But I’m in a no-lose situation. I love Hull and I love Ipswich.

“Would I take a drop in pay? That’s a big question to ask. But I want to play football, and I’ve just enjoyed my time here, so yeah, why not? Money isn’t everything to me, though at the same time I am 32,” added Bullard.

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