Jim makes up with rival Holloway

JIM Magilton is looking forward to having a craic with rival boss Ian Holloway tomorrow after the Plymouth boss vented his fury towards the Town boss over the club's interest in David Norris.

By Derek Davis

JIM Magilton is looking forward to having a craic with rival boss Ian Holloway tomorrow after the Plymouth boss vented his fury towards the Town boss over the club's interest in David Norris.

Holloway reacted furiously when Town's interest was revealed in Norris, with Magilton confirming that he had asked about the midfielder but had been rebuffed.

Magilton was bemused by Holloway's outburst but the pair have since met at a Football League Managers' meeting and there is no bad blood between them.

On the contrary, Magilton is grateful that Holloway livened up an otherwise dull meeting and added: “I spoke to a manager about a player and got a knock-back and that was the end of it.

“Plymouth are asking a lot of money for a very good player and we don't have the money so we move on.

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“Ian provided me with a few hours of fun at that managers' meeting, which was greatly appreciated. I hope it is the same on Saturday after the game.”

A raft of other clubs have expressed an interest in Norris, with Southampton having an £800,000 bid knocked back as 'derisory' by Holloway, while Sheffield United are the latest club to be linked with the £1.5m-rated player.

Magilton would be quite happy if he were to be sold before tomorrow's game, but isn't counting on it.

He added: “Norris is a good player and one of many they have. If he goes then that will certainly weaken them.”

Holloway dismissed Town's interest and insists the 26-year-old midfielder will not be going anywhere before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.

Holloway said: “David Norris is my player and if Ipswich are looking at him with envious eyes then so be it.”

Norris has not allowed the speculation about his future to affect his game and was on the scoresheet in the 3-2 win at Hull City last weekend.

He said: “To be fair, the gaffer has been honest with me. He has told me about the Ipswich and Southampton stuff, and a couple of other clubs that have come in.

“I appreciate him being honest with me and keeping me in the loop. He has given me his reasons why they have been turned down.

“I have got a contract here for another two years so unless they come to me and say they have accepted a bid then I will just get on with my game.”

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