Jim in the running for top boss

MANAGER of the month candidate Jim Magilton has confirmed he has the cash to bring in new players and is still searching, despite his team's top form.With the Blues up to fourth in the table after three wins and two draws in October to get him short-listed as the Championship boss for the month, Magilton does not feel the need to change too much but admitted he is still trying to strengthen his squad with a loan player.

By Derek Davis

MANAGER of the month candidate Jim Magilton has confirmed he has the cash to bring in new players and is still searching, despite his team's top form.

With the Blues up to fourth in the table after three wins and two draws in October to get him short-listed as the Championship boss for the month, Magilton does not feel the need to change too much but admitted he is still trying to strengthen his squad with a loan player.

The Ipswich Town manager has the backing of his board, who are prepared to provide funds for him to add to his squad.

Magilton said: “It is still about creating an atmosphere of competition and about players who have been here a while, recognising we are pushing the boat out to bring in as much quality as we can.

“The board are trying to do the same and they are giving me their backing so financially it is not a problem to bring someone in. It is matter of bringing in the right one.”

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Magilton has been talking to a number of Premiership managers about taking young players but is also keen to bring in the more experienced player with proven qualities so they can sustain a promotion challenge.

There have been some let-downs of late but Magilton is determined to keep trying, although he has great faith in the current squad.

Magilton said: “There is no one yet and there are a lot of ifs and buts. It is pantomime season with players saying will I, won't I?”

“These players have shown a great attitude as they showed the other night when we went a goal down but for the last half-hour we were terrific

“These lads have given me everything they have got but if we can add one or two to give us that extra quality, then we would take it.”

Wins over Wolves, Colchester and Preston and draws at Burnley and QPR have given Magilton an unbeaten month. He competes with Adrian Boothroyd, of league leaders Watford, Plymouth's Ian Holloway and Bristol City's Gary Johnson for the Championship accolade.