Kennedy: ‘One good manager after another’

IPSWICH TOWN: Mark Kennedy insists that he has swapped from one good manager to another.

The 34-year-old left back, who is bound to be the subject of severe scrutiny by Chris Burke down his side of the field in today Championship game at Portman Road (kick-off 3pm), left this afternoon’s opponents Cardiff City to join the Blues for �75,000 in the summer.

He helped take the Bluebirds to Wembley Stadium where they were beaten by Blackpool in the play-off final.

“Dave Jones is doing a fantastic job at Cardiff,” said Kennedy.

“He’s got some great qualities and brings the best out of people.

“Every manager is different, and he’s different to my current gaffer.

“They are very successful in the way they work and both have the characteristics to be successful managers.

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“Dave has been in the game for a lot longer, and has been proven at every level, but we’ve got a very successful manager at Ipswich as well. They’re both winners.”

Kennedy was impressed by the quality of the opposition when Queens Park Rangers beat the Blues 3-0 on Tuesday on his return to the starting XI after recovering from a hamstring problem.

“If you finish above QPR this year then you’ll be getting promoted, that’s for sure,” he added.

“We didn’t show people what we were capable of that night.

“The only saving grace is that another game was just around the corner and we haven’t become a bad side after just one bad performance.

“We want to make sure performances like that don’t happen again.”

Kennedy knows the quality and desire in the Cardiff side from first hand experience, but he’s that today’s outcome will come down just as much on how Ipswich perform.

“Cardiff have started the season well, but it’s not about them, its about what we do and how we approach the game.

“As a player, I’ve always tried not to worry about the opposition and instead concentrate on what we’re good at.

“We’ll give them respect as a top Championship side, and then the rest is down to us.

“We don’t want to rest on our laurels. We want to get back to winning ways.”

Kennedy, like Connor Wickham, earned his place back in the first team without playing competitive games for the second XI.

“If you step out on the pitch then you’re fit, I have no airs and graces about that,” he added.

“I was ready to play, and you have to respect the manager’s decision if he wants you to play.”

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