Irvine sympathy with Magilton

ALAN Irvine last night admitted he fully understood Ipswich Town's position over Velice Sumulikoski.The Preston boss wanted to take the Macedonian international on loan after losing midfielders Richard Chaplow and Barry Nicholson to injury but was given a polite rebuff, much to Shumi's chagrin.

Derek Davis

By Derek Davis

ALAN Irvine last night admitted he fully understood Ipswich Town's position over Velice Sumulikoski.

The Preston boss wanted to take the Macedonian international on loan after losing midfielders Richard Chaplow and Barry Nicholson to injury but was given a polite rebuff, much to Shumi's chagrin.


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Watford manager Brendan Rodgers has conceded he will not be getting the midfielder either and revealed Town's interest in one of their players, thought to be Adrian Mariappa, has cooled.

Rodgers said: “It was one that if it was to happen then it would have to suit both parties and I only want to bring people in that want to play here and it was one where they were interested in one of ours.

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“If it could happen it would have had to be right for both parties.”

Irvine never actually got to speak to Jim Magilton about Shumulikoski after being told they were not prepared to let him go out to them by another member of the Town staff.

Irvine said: “I would have done exactly the same if the boot had been on the other foot.

“I wouldn't let any of my players go out on loan to any of our perceived competitors.

“You are not going to help your opponents in a situation like this.

“We became aware that there was a possibility the boy might be available to go out on loan.

“Quite simply we made a phone call to see if that was the case. It wasn't even directly to Jim, he and I haven't even spoken about it.

“But the response we got was that he wasn't available for loan. And it was made clear to us that even if he was they wouldn't want to do it for us at this time.

“It would be different if it was a club down the bottom end of the league. But why on earth would I help out someone near us on points?

“It is hardly anything really. And I don't want people thinking there has been any problem between me and Jim. It didn't get as far as the two of us discussing it.

“It was quite simply a little bit of an enquiry. Was it right he was available on loan? And they said 'no,' so that was it.

“There is no ill feeling at all between us and Ipswich, or between me and Jim. Everything is fine.”

derek.davis@eadt.co.uk

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