Ferguson provides Burley with Town dossier
IPSWICH TOWN: He master minded the plan that led to the Blues winning the FA Cup in 1978.
Now Bobby Ferguson has come up with the tactics that George Burley will utilise today when his Crystal Palace side takes on Ipswich in an npower Championship fixture at Selhurst Park (kick-off 3pm).
Ferguson, who was coach under Sir Bobby Robson at the time Town beat Arsenal 1-0 at Wembley Stadium, still lives in Ipswich and watched last Saturday’s home match against Burnley.
Burley knows Ferguson well from his playing days at Portman Road and he’s asked the man who took over from Robson in the Blues hot seat to provide him with a dossier of how he expects the visitors to play.
It was Ferguson, a highly astute coach, who came up with the plan to use David Geddis wide at Wembley, and led to Arsenal’s attacking left-sided options being nullified.
This played a big part in Ipswich’s victory thanks to a second half Roget Osborne goal.
“I still have a number of good contacts at Ipswich,” confirmed Burley, who has made Pablo Counago his third signing from Town this season after David “Wright and Owen Garvan.
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While Burley has been able to bring in players while impoverished and Cardiff City been able to do the same despite having to fight off court orders nearly every month to keep financially solvent, Ipswich have struggled to bring in newcomers that Keane says he baldy needs.
Jon Walters’ move to Stoke City for �2.75million is expected to open the way for Town to up their chase, and Keane confirmed: “Yes I have got targets.
“Players I want have been indentified that I plan to bring in with Jon Walters having gone.
“I talked to Jason Scotland and a fee was agreed between us and Wigan two weeks ago.
“Cardiff will score plenty of goals with Craig Bellamy now on their books and I’ve spoken about Michael Chopra and Ross McCormack.
“We haven’t met their valuation of Chopra and I donlt think as things stand that we will.”
Palace have exited administration after CPFC 2010 were granted the club’s football share.
With the final step in the rescue process completed, Crystal Palace FC (2000) Limited resigned from The Football League with the vacancy being filled by CPFC Limited - the company owned by the CPFC 2010 consortium.
The club went into administration on January 26 and almost went out of business in June before CPFC 2010 agreed deals to buy both the club and the ground.