It’s going to take time’ - Hutchings
ITFC: Paul Jewell’s tried and trusted right-hand man Chris Hutchings will be on the Blues bench for the first time when Doncaster Rovers visit Portman Road tomorrow.
Hutchings, who was sacked as Walsall manager earlier this month, has been appointed assistant manager – a role he held successfully while helping Jewell get Bradford City and Wigan promoted to the Premier League.
He is not guaranteeing any quick success and said: “It’s going to take time to turn things around here.
“It’s a big challenge, but I’m looking forward to it.
“This is a big football club with a great history and when you look around the place, it has the potential to go a long way.
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“I’ve only had a few days here, but the players have bought into what we want to do and how we want to play.
“It’s a fresh start for them.”
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While Jewell searches for January transfer window imports, goalkeeper Roy Carroll will not be one of them.
His Danish club Odense are wondering where he is after giving him permission to seek a British club during the club’s winter break that has now ended.
They are happy to part with the former Manchester United player that Paul Jewell took to Derby County when he was manager at Pride Park.
Carroll trained at Ipswich before Christmas when his former Reds team mate Roy Keane was in charge, but has not been called back since Jewell’s appointment.
Former Town keeper Shane Supple is now working as a porter in a Dublin hospital after walking out on football in September 2009. He has taken his necessary exams and is waiting to join the police force.
Town winger Reggie Lambe was in the Bermuda side that beat 10-man Guyana 3-0 in their opening Under-20 World Cup CONCACAF second round qualifying group game in Surinam.
Lambe captained the team that faces Netherlands Antilles today and Surinam on Sunday with Bermuda needing to top the group to qualify for this summer’s World Cup in Colombia.
Blues supporters will be blooming later this year with a free packet of sweet pea seed included with every programme sold before tomorrow’s match.
The seed will be in a specially designed packet, which bears the team’s logo and reflects the Ipswich fans’ anthem ‘Singing the Blues’.
It can be sown now through to May to produce an abundance of fragrant sweet peas in various shades of blue from dark through to pastel shades all summer long.