Fans ring the changes

TOWN fans were jubilant today following Ipswich's win over Sheffield Wednesday, after a turbulent week for the club.Despite recent events, most felt positive about the club's future, before the Portman Road match - and Town didn't disappoint after they beat Millers 2 – 1.

By Amanda Cresswell

TOWN fans were jubilant today following Ipswich's win over Sheffield Wednesday, after a turbulent week for the club.

Despite recent events, most felt positive about the club's future, before the Portman Road match - and Town did not disappoint with a 2-1 win over Wednesday.

Supporters had their own ideas about who should be in the driving seat but many felt the time was right for a change.

Peter Jordan, 34, of Cherry Blossom Close, Pinewood, Ipswich, said: "George Burley had done a fantastic job but a new manager is needed with new ideas and new impetus.

"Town had been going a bit flat. It needs a new focus and new ideas. The talent is definitely there in the players but needs bringing back to the surface again."

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His hot favourite to fill Burley's shoes was Tony Mowbray.

"He's been very loyal and learned a lot from Burley," he said. But if fans wanted a bigger name Peter Reid was an option.

Warner Duff, 45, secretary of the Ipswich Town Disabled Supporters' Club, hope's Tony Mowbray would get the chance. But he said Ronnie Moore seems a genuine man and has done well at Rotherham.

He said: "There is no telling is there? He could come in and do a wonderful job or he could be a disaster.

"I think everybody is feeling a little bit low because of what happened to George Burley. I think David Sheepshanks did it with a heavy heart. It was a tough decision to make."

But he called on people to get behind the team and said: "It is times like this that Town needs the fans the most."

Among those doing just that, was Stowmarket High pupil Matthew Coward, 16, from Creeting St Mary, who had high hopes for Town before the game and was pleased with the result.

He had heard about Burley's sacking at school, but felt the time was right for him to go.

He said: "I think a new manager will get us into the play-offs."

Matthew, a Town fan for over a decade, was hoping former Town star Brian Talbot or Tony Mowbray would fill Burley's boots.

He added: "I would like to see someone with new ideas."

Edna Evans, 59, of Cardinal Gardens, Ipswich, was disappointed about Burley – manager of the year 18 months ago – paying the price for Town's slump but said: "I thought it was on the cards when we started going down last season."

She attended the match with family, including her sister Ann Austin, 59, from Henley, who said: "I think if we do go up to the Premier League it will be via play-offs."

Meanwhile, Mark Hibbard, 21, of Bridge Street, Stowmarket, backed Ronnie Moore to take over as manager.

"I doesn't think Tony Mowbray is the right person to take over. I don't rate him.

"We need someone like ex-Sunderland boss Peter Reid or Ronnie Moore, who can give the players a kick up the backsides."

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