Caretaker Town boss is not planning to stay beyond next week

IPSWICH TOWN: Ian McParland wants to manage again, but it won’t be with the Blues.

He takes caretaker charge of Ipswich in their FA Cup third round game at Premier League Chelsea tomorrow (kick-off 3pm) following the departure of Roy Keane.

But McParland made it plain that he is a Keane man, and has no intention in overstaying his welcome at Ipswich.

“Roy gave me a job after I left Notts County and with respect to the man that replaces him I will be moving on soon,” said McParland.

“I never came here to be manager – I came to be first team coach under Roy.


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“I want to manage again, but it won’t be for Ipswich Town, and I expect to have the caretaker job for just one game.

“The sooner a new manager is brought in the better it will be and I’ve spoken to chief executive Simon Clegg to let him know how I feel.

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“I’m contracted to the club and I’m a professional so I’ll look after the team at Chelsea.”

McParland added that it was a big shock to hear yesterday morning that Keane had been dismissed as Blues boss.

“The coaches are disappointed and the players are disappointed, but we have to get on with it.

“Roy Keane is a good manager and there have been very small margins, between being successful and not being successful and we could easily have had another six to nine points.

“You could see from the last two games the effort that the players have been putting in.

“We were heading in the right direction and while we all make mistakes managers are not given time these days.

“It’s a good game for the lads to play in at Chelsea and it you cannot be inspired by playing at Stamford Bridge you will never be inspired.

“They may not be getting results but they have world class players and could easily have scored four goals in their 1-0 defeat against Wolves this week.”

And talking about Keane’s managerial style, McParland went on: “Stories about his abrasive style are not right at all.

“This is a false impression that people have.

“He is a fair honest man and you will not meet a better man. When he says something it is always the truth.”

Clegg said of McParland’s role: “Ian will be in place as caretaker manager for as long as necessary and through to the Arsenal game if necessary.

“Tony Loughlan will support ‘Charlie’ with preparations for the game.”

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