Jim: It was my choice

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton today welcomed the appointment of John Gorman and stressed: “It was my choice to bring him in.”

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton today welcomed the appointment of John Gorman and stressed: “It was my choice to bring him in.”

Gorman, 59, was this week appointed assistant manager and will be on the touchline for the first time tomorrow when the Blues play League Two Chesterfield in the third round of the FA Cup at Portman Road (kick-off 3pm).

Magilton has refuted suggestions that the decision to bring in someone to offer a guiding hand in what will be a vital five months for the club and the manager was made above his head.

Although under pressure from a section of supporters following a mediocre 2008, Magilton is still very much the man making the football decisions at Portman Road - with the backing of club owner Marcus Evans.

Magilton is known to have been keen on appointing a director of football since taking his first job in management in the summer of 2006.

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A lack of finance initially ruled this out although Charlie Woods was recruited to offer advice as Magilton's part-time assistant.

Evans was happy to rubber stamp the appointment of Gorman, who has a wealth of managerial and coaching experience and briefly worked successfully under George Burley at Portman Road in the late nineties.

Magilton has prised Gorman away from coaching in the sun in Spain alongside Glenn Hoddle and sees the new partnership moving the club forward adding: “John has done it all, and I wanted him at the club.

“He has a wealth of knowledge about the game and has worked as manager and coach at every level including England.

“When I was a player at Ipswich I witnessed first hand his enthusiasm for the game and the motivational and coaching skills he possesses.

“He left a lasting impression when he was working with George Burley and I am delighted to have him onboard.”

Gorman will have a say in selection issues and his first task is for him and Magilton to select a side to face Chesterfield.

Do they rest one or two players or maintain the recent policy of being as consistent in selection as possible?

David Wright and Danny Haynes face late tests after collecting knocks, while defender Alex Bruce is available again after serving a four-match suspension.

Looking ahead to the game Magilton said: “It's a banana skin tie on what is a fantastic day in the football calendar.

“I'm a great fan of the competition, it's still got that magic about it and we want to progress as far as we can - all the way to Wembley.”