Clegg on the latest Bullard situation
IPSWICH Town chief executive Simon Clegg was today staying tight lipped on the question every Blues fan is asking: ‘Can the club keep Jimmy Bullard next season.’
The 32-year-old Hull City loanee netted both goals – one a simply superb effort – in Saturday’s 2-0 Championship victory at promotion-chasing Cardiff City.
Bullard’s reported �42,000 a week wages with still 27 months left on his contract means that Clegg and Blues owner Marcus Evans will have to do some serious negotiating with Hull if they are to secure the bubbly midfielder either on a season-long 2011/12 loan or as is less feasible a permanent deal.
“I’m not prepared to comment on Jimmy Bullard’s future,” said Clegg, who was at the Cardiff City Stadium on Saturday.
“What I can say is that we are delighted with Jimmy’s contribution both on and off the field since he arrived at Portman Road.
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“We are focussing on building for the future to see what we can achieve next season.
“The manager and I have a strategy that we are working on and the club chairman and owner has bought into that.
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“And this will be for the good of the club.
“It was an extraordinary game on Saturday and a great win as we look to put points on the board and have a good end to the season.”
Clegg, who must find the right time to announce season ticket sales for next term at the most opportune moment to attract the highest sales, confirmed that there will be no immediate moves to solve the problem of having 21 players out of contract on June 30.
He said: “Paul, the owner and myself are in complete alignment on how we are working this.
“We want to bring it to a head, but there is no pressure on us to do so at this stage.
“The players involved are comfortable with the situation and we are now concentrating on getting a good result against Reading at home tomorrow night.”
No one is going to expect that Bullard is going to give up on his present contract, but seeing through his understandable kind comments towards his parent club he would clearly love to play under Jewell at Ipswich next season.
A loan with Hull continuing to contribute considerably to his wages is one possibility – or perhaps a deal where Ipswich effectively get Bullard permanently with no fee involved and monies that would have contributed to the fee going Bullard’s way.