Jim: 'I've never made a bad signing'

JIM Magilton last night declared that he had never made a bad signing.

Derek Davis

JIM Magilton last night declared that he had never made a bad signing.

The Blues boss also insists that he has no regrets about taking on Spaniard Iván Campo, even though he has only played seven games since joining in August.

With Campo on £10,000 plus per week, that works out at more than £25,000 per match for Ipswich Town.

The former Real Madrid and Bolton star is not the only player struggling to make the Blues 16 and players like Gary Roberts, George O'Callaghan, and Sylvain Legwinski are among those moved on after being signed by Magilton.

However, he insisted: “I have never made a bad signing.

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“Maybe the players have not settled or whatever, but I have never made a bad signing.”

Although Magilton admitted Campo was free to go out on loan before the deadline passed at the end of November and he has not figured in the Blues squad since the draw with Swansea City on August 18, he is adamant he is worth the wages.

Magilton said: “Campo is an outstanding player who has been a massive influence on the dressing room. Even though he has not played he has had a massive influence on those that have.

“He has been brilliant in the way he goes about his business. He is not playing at the moment because the other lads are doing well.

“Campo is part of my plans. I would not have brought him in otherwise. There is no issue with him and he is training every day.”

Magilton Blues the criticism of his signings is down to indifferent form for the first half of the season and that could all change if Town go on a winning run.

He said: “If we are winning games people will say he is making the right decisions but if you are not winning games people will say he's tinkering with the squad and it is not working.”

Two signings Town fans would like to see him make are Alex Bruce and Darren Ambrose.

Bruce starts a four-match ban today against Cardiff City and also misses the trips to Coventry City and Derby County with Birmingham City at home in between that would take him into January when he can start talking to other clubs.

“I don't have to sell Alex, but I have no idea what the market is going to be like. If someone comes in with a good offer that might be different, so until that happens we don't know what is going to happen.”

Ambrose is on loan from Charlton with an option to make the deal permanent next month.

Magilton said: “I don't know yet, we will see in January. Ambrose is versatile and I brought him here to add competition.

“I want to see more from Ambrose and the more games he has, the better he will be.”

The winter transfer window, which opens on January 1, has been extended until Monday, February 2.