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IPSWICH Town's topsy-turvy season may have taken a turn for the better but the Blues faithful were today divided over the club's chances of making a return to the big time.

IPSWICH Town's topsy-turvy season may have taken a turn for the better but the Blues faithful were today divided over the club's chances of making a return to the big time.

And supporters were equally split over whether Northern Irishman Jim Magilton is the man to bring the good times back to Portman Road.

Ipswich are currently 13th in the Championship following Saturday's 3-1 away win at Plymouth - three points off the play-offs and five from the drop zone.

Despite the weekend victory some are saying the team should be doing better considering the recent investment from millionaire businessman Marcus Evans.

Others reckon the team is showing signs of progress and that Magilton should be allowed time to get things right on the pitch.

Liz Harsant, leader of Ipswich Borough Council and a die hard Blues supporter, said she felt replacing Magilton would be a premature move.

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She said: “I was thrilled when we won away against Plymouth because it's a difficult place to get a result.

“I think we have got to give Jim a chance.

“It's a difficult one for him because this is his first experience of it and he's not had a particularly easy time.

“If he can stick to the same team, give them a chance and build on their strength and confidence I think we could start to climb up the table.”

Her view is backed by Ipswich fan Ed Lay, drummer with rock band The Editors, who said Magilton should be afforded patience.

“There is no point in changing things,” he said.

“Lots of players have been brought in such as Campo and Volz and it will happen for them.

“On paper the team is looking as good as it has for a long time.

“When we got rid of Tony Mowbray he went on to mature a bit more and became a very good manager. I think the same could be true of Jim.”

Darts star and Ipswich fan Kevin Painter took a different view, saying he believes Magilton could be headed for the exit door if Town lose two of their next three games.

“We should be challenging right up there. We have got the money in the club now and a decent enough squad of players. It is just about gelling them together and getting it right.

“If he loses two of the next three games I think the patience of the powers that be might run out.”

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Samuel O'Neill, 19, of Sanders court, Ipswich: “I think Jim should be our manager.

“We could have done better but I think he can carry us forward this year hopefully.”

Bob Healey, 64, of Felixstowe, said: “I say give him a chance and see how they go.

“They don't give managers enough time.

“He should get until the end of the season.”

James Beaumont, 31, of White House, Ipswich, said: “I think it's time for a change.

“He doesn't know what his best team is and he's tactically inept.

“They should get rid of him before Christmas and get someone else in like Alan Curbishley and progress up the league.”

Steven Dean, 21, of Ranelagh Road, Ipswich, said: “He's been given the money and picked players who are not playing to the standard they should be.

“Marcus Evans has given him enough money and he hasn't done enough with it.”

Demetrius Hambling-Jones, 21, of Ramsgate Drive, Ipswich, said: “They should be doing a lot better. They have got Norwich coming up soon and I'll be happy if they beat them.

“Jim is not doing a great job and I know that a lot of people are not happy.”

Dave Buckley, 59, of Sproughton Road, Ipswich, said: “With the investment put into the club we should be doing better than we are.

“Jim is a nice guy but I'm not convinced he's the right manager to take us forward.

“We should be higher up the league.”

OPINION is divided over Ipswich Town's fortunes but there are clearly question marks hovering over Portman Road.

Only four wins from 13 outings is a meagre return considering the numerous additions to the first team squad since Marcus Evans rolled into town.

Under-fire Jim Magilton must have breathed a huge sigh of relief at the final whistle of Saturday's 3-1 win at Plymouth Argyle.

Quite simply, a win was crucial for the Blues - and for Magilton's hopes of retaining his employment.

Interestingly, the team who last term couldn't buy a win on the road have this season won more points outside of Suffolk than at Portman Road.

Despite the three points banked in the south west, questions still remain.

Is Magilton the man for the job?

Has the passionate Northern Irishman got the confidence of the dressing room?

Is their leadership from the club's hierarchy?

And is the absentee owner helping or hindering?

This is a results driven business so only time will tell.

Here's hoping for a win against Charlton Athletic tomorrow night - and another step in the right direction.