Champions league is ultimate target

IPSWICH Town chief executive Derek Bowden believes the Blues can play in the Champions League.Despite the billions of pounds now available to clubs like Chelsea, Manchester United and now Manchester City, Bowden confirmed that there is still a place in the 'best league in the world' for the Tractor Boys.

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IPSWICH Town chief executive Derek Bowden believes the Blues can play in the Champions League.

Despite the billions of pounds now available to clubs like Chelsea, Manchester United and now Manchester City, Bowden confirmed that there is still a place in the 'best league in the world' for the Tractor Boys.

“I have to admit that, if we go up this season, in 2009/10 our sole objective will be to finish 17th,” said Bowden today.

“It will be a case of consolidating after that and keeping our place and moving through to the top half.

“Our planned progress will be step by step.

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“Firstly, to get into the Premier League. Then to stay there and obtain a strong foothold.

“And then challenge for a Champions League place.

“This is a long way down the track but it can be done.

“The top third of the Premier League are pulling away from the rest because of their extra resources and it is not an even playing field.

“But other factors come into play as well, like expert management and effective planning.

“The money that the likes of Chelsea and now Manchester City have at their disposal, because of the incredible wealth of their owners, I don't see as obscene.

“It shows what a marketable product the Premier League is and shows the popularity of English football in what is now a global market.”