Smilling Town players pop out for a cup of tea
IT’S becoming fun to be involved with Ipswich Town right now with everything considerably more light hearted.
This is unless perhaps you are one of the 22 players who could find themselves out of work come July 1 when their current Town contracts end.
But for the moment it’s all jovial and good natured with the benefits from a more relaxed style being shown in results with Ipswich in a position to win three league games on the trot when they entertain Sheffield United tomorrow (kick-off 3pm) for the first time since the end of the 2008/09 season.
Manager Paul Jewell took his players for a morning stroll through Kesgrave yesterday to have a pot of tea at a local caf�.
He then likened his new loan signing Jimmy Bullard to Coco the Clown before fellow player prankster Damien Delaney arrived for an interview with the press with a ‘for sale’ notice pinned to his chest.
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“We had a recovery day yesterday in the middle of two big games and the manager just took us for a stroll,” said Delaney.
“It must have looked unbelievable as we walked down the street and into the caf� for a cup of tea.
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“It was different and shows how different managers work.”
And Jewell when asked about Bullard’s strengths replied: “Okay Jimmy can liven up a dressing room, but so could Coco the Clown.
“I’d not want to compare Jimmy to Coco – I wouldn’t do that to Coco.
“But the most important thing is that Jimmy can play football, and make a difference to us on the pitch.
“And having known him at Wigan I know he can do that.”
Jewell says that he is not getting carried away after winning the last two league games and he stressed that Sheffield United will be difficult opponents.
“I think they will get out of the bottom three,” said Jewell.
“I know manager Micky Adams and he will make sure they will be tough to beat and we will have to match their physical strength.
“Micky will get the best out of his players and being brought up in Sheffield he will be passionate for the club.
“But not as passionate as I am for Ipswich as I have got the club under my skin – and long may it continue.”