Burley's farewell

TODAY George Burley said farewell to the club which has meant so much to him over the last four decades."It was a tremendous opportunity to come back to manage Ipswich Town after 14 years as a player," he said.

TODAY George Burley said farewell to the club which has meant so much to him over the last four decades.

"It was a tremendous opportunity to come back to manage Ipswich Town after 14 years as a player," he said.

During my eight years as manager of the club I have enjoyed some great success.

Most significantly was taking the club back into the Premiership, finishing fifth and qualifying for Europe after a 20-year absence.

I was delighted to be recognised for these achievements with both the FA Premiership Manager of the Year award and the Manager's Manager of the Year award.

I am proud of bringing through some of the best young players in the country such as Kieron Dyer, Richard Wright, James Scowcroft and this season Darren Bent and Darren Ambrose.

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Over that time I have brought players in from lower leagues and developed them into regular internationals such as Matt Holland and Hermann Hriedarsson, whilst continually having to generate vital income through the transfer market.

I would like to thank all the board, staff and players for their loyal support and in particular to the fans who have supported me tirelessly throughout my time as manager.

It has been pleasing to see supporter levels grow from an 11,000 average in my first season to an average of 25,000 fans today.

I know Ipswich Town Football Club is intent on returning to the Premiership and have every faith they can still deliver this season. I wish the every success and now I am looking forward to beginning a new challenge."

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