Defender sticks up for Roy and Jim

ROY Keane and Jim Magilton don't scare Blues Town defender David Wright.

Elvin King

ROY Keane and Jim Magilton don't scare Blues Town defender David Wright.

Both managers are fiery characters, but Wright insists both are easy to work with and that there is nothing wrong in being passionate about the game.

Wright will be lining up at left back tomorrow when third-from-bottom Town play sixth-placed Blackpool in the Coca-Cola Championship at Portman Road (kick-off 3pm).

Magilton signed Wright from Wigan in January 2007 and was the 29-year-old's boss until last April when Keane took over the Ipswich hot seat.

Currently suspended by Queens Park Rangers following a dressing room bust-up after a 3-1 defeat at Watford on Monday, Magilton's reputation as a no-nonsense manager is rivalled by Keane.

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But Wright backed both today when he said: “We are involved in a man's game.

“Both Roy and Jim are very passionate people and I have a lot of respect for both of them.

“They are both easy to work with and I have encountered no problems with either of them.

“It's a very good thing to show your passion and it shows you care, and if we all care there is a very good chance of achieving something.”

Extensively right-footed, Wright has come back into the Ipswich side at left back in a nine-match unbeaten run that has seen them concede just five goals.

And he says that he owes a debt to a previous more laid-back manager for his versatility.

“During my early footballing education at Crewe, Dario Gradi ensured that I was tested all over the pitch, and playing on the left side is not a problem for me.”

Wright wants to extend his Town future when his current contract ends in the summer.

“I would love a new one,” he said. “I really enjoy playing for this club and my family is settled here.

“A few more years would be ideal.”

He sees Ian Holloway's Blackpool posing considerable problems tomorrow, but Wright knows the importance of putting points on the board before the Christmas rush of games.

Town visit Blackpool in the FA Cup on January 2 and when asked which of the two games he would prefer to win, Wright was extremely diplomatic replying: “The most important is the next one. In three weeks' time the FA Cup will be the next one.”

QPR's Hungarian midfielder Akos Buzsaky is believed to have issued an 'either he goes or I go' ultimatum to Loftus Road chairman Flavio Briatore.

This is after the player took exception to Magilton's forthright post-match opinion.

Magilton said: “I categorically deny any allegation of wrong-doing.”

Former Middlesbrough boss Gareth Southgate is already being linked with the QPR job.

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