Burley speaks of his future

GEORGE Burley has told how he is contemplating his future today, after losing his job as manager of Ipswich Town.At his home in Holbrook last night, Burley seemed stunned by the events of the previous 24 hours, but remained philosophical and was already looking forward to new challenges.

GEORGE Burley has told how he is contemplating his future today, after losing his job as manager of Ipswich Town.

At his home in Holbrook last night, Burley seemed stunned by the events of the previous 24 hours, but remained philosophical and was already looking forward to new challenges.

He said: "That happens in football, managers come and go. I might have a little break and then be ready for my next challenge."

Among the visitors calling to commiserate with Burley yesterday was his assistant manager Dale Roberts, who is currently undergoing treatment for cancer.

Burley's seven-year, 10-month reign at Portman Road ended yesterday when he was sacked by Ipswich Town following a string of poor results.

Club chairman David Sheepshanks made the official announcement at a press conference at 10.45am, following a board meeting the previous afternoon when Burley was told he was being relieved of his duties.

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Burley thanked the supporters who stood by him right to the end and wished Ipswich Town every success in their bid to reach the Premiership.

He said: "I have every faith they can still deliver this season. I wish them every success and now I'm looking forward to beginning a new challenge."

Despite winning their opening two league games and progressing to the second round of the Uefa Cup, Ipswich Town's Division One results recently have been just one win in eight games.

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