Holland in showdown talks

IPSWICH Town skipper Matt Holland will today hold showdown talks with club chairman David Sheepshanks.The Republic of Ireland midfielder has asked for the meeting as he wants to be able to give his club-mates reassurances following the slide into administration.

By Dave Allard

IPSWICH Town skipper Matt Holland will today hold showdown talks with club chairman David Sheepshanks.

The Republic of Ireland

midfielder has asked for the meeting as he wants to be able to give his club-mates reassurances following the slide into administration.


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Holland is the player's union

representative at Portman Road and he has already had talks with PFA executive Mick McGuire.

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Further talks between Holland and McGuire are also likely to be held today.

The Blues captain, who heard officially that the club were in administration early last week while away on international duty, said: "I'm seeing the chairman to

establish a few things.

"I want to hear at first hand what the full situation is regarding administration, how long he feels it will last, what the future holds for

players and stuff like that.

"This is an uncertain time for everyone and this may be the first of several meetings with the chairman. I will ask him to keep me informed of developments first-hand so that I can pass it on to the players.

"As there are developments it would be nice if I could be told about them as we go along. Hopefully Mr Sheepshanks and I can enter into a good dialogue and that it can be a successful meeting."

Before the meeting with the chairman, Holland and his team-mates will get down to training ahead of Wednesday night's home Nationwide Division one clash with Wolves at Portman Road.

He will be making his 300th appearance in this promotion

play-off encounter.

Holland said: "Hopefully the atmosphere at the ground on Wednesday will be terrific and that the spirit and togetherness of everyone will shine through. The crowd have been great this season and on Wednesday it may be even more so. There is a need now for more unity than ever and I'm confident that this will be the case."

Town will be without the suspended defender Hermann Hreidarsson for a meeting with a Wolves side that last night beat Rochdale 3-1 at Molineux in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

While Hreidarsson misses out, there could well be a return for John McGreal.

The experienced centre-half is available again after being out for two months with a knee injury.

He came through a reserve home win over Arsenal last mid-week

successfully, scoring a goal in a 3-0 Blues triumph.

n Norwich skipper Malky Mackay will miss the East Anglian derby with Town at Carrow Road on Sunday week.

He will serve an

automatic one-game ban for his red card for two bookable offences in Saturday's FA Cup defeat at Southampton.

The Canaries will also be missing Danish defender Steen Nedergaard who collected his fifth booking in the same game.

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