Jim warns players of consequences

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton today warned his players of the consequences of the new regime at Portman Road.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton today warned his players of the consequences of the new regime at Portman Road.

Ambitious club owner Marcus Evans has given the Blues' boss the financial support to substantially improve his squad as they seek a place in the Premier League.

And speaking before tomorrow's Coca-Cola Championship game against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Portman Road (kick off 3pm) Magilton said: “For the first time under my managerial role our players must realise that they may not have too many opportunities.

“I have a larger number of players to select from and will be looking for a statement of intent when the team goes on to the field.

“Mick McCarthy, the Wolves' manager, will ensure that they give us a very tough game tomorrow and I will need all the players that I put out to be at their best to collect three points.”

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Magilton has recently brought in players of the calibre and with Premier League experience like Richard Wright, Ivan Campo and Ben Thatcher and has rung the changes in his three matches so far with not one player having started every match.

Campo will not be included tomorrow as he works hard to gain full fitness but lively winger Danny Haynes could be back in the starting line up.

Magilton said: “With the confidence that our crowd gives him Danny can be a match winner at home as he showed when given more room in the Carling Cup victory over Leyton Orient. He will be in line for a place tomorrow and then we have Tuesday's match at home to Colchester when I will again be making changes and giving some of those that do not feature tomorrow a chance to show me what they can do.”

Magilton confirmed that the Shola Ameobi deal has not gone away with talks with his club Newcastle still carrying on.

Talking about the striker who was found to have a hamstring strain after a fee and personal terms had been agreed, Magilton said: “I was very impressed with him and with his desire he is a really nice lad and maybe a loan until January can be worked out, although we will have to see what Newcastle think about that.

“If not I have other irons in the fire and am still looking to bring in two permanent transfers by the deadline on September 1 with a defender and another attacking option the priorities.

“Fulham defender Moritz Votz is also still in Magilton's sights with the manager saying: “We are waiting to see if Moritz clears tings up with Fulham and if so that will be great for us, but if not we will move on.

“He is someone who feels he can still play in the Premier League and we feel the same way about him and want to give him the opportunity.”

Magilton revealed that he has not spoken to Celtic about their striker Chris Killen who has been a reported Town target, while there have been still no phone calls from Crystal Palace who are said to be interested in Town striker Alan Lee.

“Talks are continuing with Alex Bruce's agent over extending his contract from next summer,” said Magilton.

“And I am actively looking to loan out young players who are still precious to the club, like Dean Bowditch, Chris Casement, Ed Upson, Jaime Peters, Jai Reason and Kurt Robinson. There is a queue of clubs looking to loan Jordan Rhodes, but I want him around in case of injuries.”