Stead explains his departure from Town

IPSWICH Town's Jon Stead revealed today that part of him was not surprised to hear that he could leave Portman Road.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town's Jon Stead revealed today that part of him was not surprised to hear that he could leave Portman Road.

And he confirmed the frustrations he was feeling at not gaining a regular Town place and that after taking to Sky Blues manager Chris Coleman on Friday it took him the weekend to make up his mind.

The striker joined fellow Championship club Coventry City on Monday and made his debut when he came on as a second half substitute in the 4-1 defeat at Newcastle United on Wednesday.

Joint leading scorer with Town on six goals, Stead said: “Part of me was surprised about being let go, but then after some of the comments from the manager in previous games maybe I wasn't so surprised.

“But I don't want to go into that.

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“It came about very quickly. The Ipswich manager pulled me in and said he'd agreed to let me go on loan if I wanted to go.

“I obviously had a long discussion with him and he said he had brought two strikers in and they were not there to sit on the bench.

“This made me think it was time to go and look elsewhere to get some games and finish off the season on a high.

“I trained on Sunday at Ipswich and never spoke to the manager.

“I actually made my decision on Sunday night when I rang my agent who spoke to the chief executive at Ipswich and the Coventry chairman.”

Asked if he was surprised that Keane didn't ask him on Sunday morning about his plans, Stead replied: “No, maybe he thought I was still thinking about it.

“I tried to ring him on Monday morning as a courtesy call but I didn't have the right number because he changes it a lot.”

Keane had said on Monday at his 9am press conference that he expected Stead to stay as he had seen him training the day before.

“I don't know whether the news got through to him,” added Stead, who is going to weigh up his long term options in the summer.

On loan at the Ricoh Arena for the rest of the season with a view to a permanent move to Coventry, Stead went on: “I'm going to get to the end of the season and get some games under my belt and hopefully do well, and then obviously look at it then.

“Strikers are judged on goals and if they go through a period when they are not scoring you have to change your strikers.

“You have to move when you think the time is right for a fresh start and I think the timing of this is quite good because I had been in and out at Ipswich and I have been a bit frustrated.”

Talking about Ipswich's situation in the bottom three in the table, Stead said: “I'm surprised, but if you look at the way we've played in some games and the way we have conceded maybe we deserve to be where we are.

“Ipswich haven't done the right things, and I've been part of that.”