Lisbie: My phone’s been red hot
UNSETTLED Ipswich Town striker Kevin Lisbie revealed last night that he is “95% certain” to be playing his football away from Portman Road next season.
He certainly can’t see himself playing in any team managed by current boss Roy Keane.
Lisbie’s phone has been red hot with agents telephoning him, to make enquiries about joining other clubs, although as yet there has been no firm move for the 31-year-old goal-poacher.
According to Lisbie, Town boss Keane has told him that he doesn’t want him playing for his Ipswich team, so it appears very, very unlikely that the ex-Charlton Athletic and Colchester United favourite will be seeing out the final year of his three-year contract with the Suffolk club.
“I have not had a phone call from Ipswich Town, so I’m not sure what’s happening with pre-season yet,” explained Lisbie.
“However, the manager (Keane) has already told me that he doesn’t me to play for him again, and that still stands. I don’t want to be somewhere I am not wanted.
“I guess I’ll get a call before the (June) 28th, when pre-season starts, but I’m 95% sure that I won’t be at Ipswich for next season. There’s no incentive for me, or the club, to stay put.
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“We’ll have to wait and see. As yet, I’m not sure where I will be, but I don’t want to waste a whole year not playing football, not at my age. I don’t want people to start losing interest in me by not playing. I need to be playing next season.
“I’ve already had about 50 agents ring me this summer, from all sorts of clubs, but that’s not that surprising. That’s agents for you,” added Lisbie.
Natural finisher Lisbie moved to Ipswich in the summer of 2008, for a fee of �600,000, after a successful season at Colchester United, where he plundered 17 goals in the Championship alongside target man Clive Platt.
Lisbie has never really cemented a regular place in the Town starting line-up, despite totalling 41 league appearances and scoring six goals, and he has never really seen eye-to-eye with Keane, who was appointed manager in April, 2009.
That’s why Lisbie spent last season back at Colchester, on a season-long loan, where he again made an impact with 13 goals in 41 outings in League One.
Asked whether Lisbe would consider a return to Colchester, either permanently or on another season-long loan, Lisbie said: “I’d like to be playing in the Championship.
“Beggars can’t be choosers, but I’d like to play for another club in the Championship.
“And I would like to get myself sorted out soon, because I’d like to do a proper pre-season at a club. But I can’t see me being welcomed back by Ipswich. I think the manager’s view of me is more personal than a purely football thing.
“I want to be happy right now, and I don’t think it will be possible for me to be happy playing for Ipswich with this manager,” concluded Lisbie.