Jim: 'I hope I am here to stay'

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton today confirmed: “I hope I am here to stay.” Victory in tomorrow's Coca-Cola Championship game against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Portman Road (kick off 3pm) will see the Blues extend their winning home run to 10 matches.

By Elvin King

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton today confirmed: “I hope I am here to stay.”

Victory in tomorrow's Coca-Cola Championship game against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Portman Road (kick off 3pm) will see the Blues extend their winning home run to 10 matches.

This has only been achieved twice before and puts Magilton in good stead amongst the illustrious predecessors that have filled the hot seat at Portman Road.


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In the short time he has been running the first team since taking over from Joe Royle in the summer of 2006 Magilton knows that managing is for him.

He said: “I love it and hope I will be here for a very long time.”

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“I know how lucky I am, but on the other hand I also know that we are in the results business.”

“If results do not go your way then you are out of a job.”

“It can be scary with the number of managers that have lost their posts recently and patience is not a virtue in football.”

“But I see myself in management for a long while to come.”

Magilton revealed that midfielder Tommy Miller has a chance of being fit after missing Tuesday's 3-1 victory over Colchester with an ankle problem.

A win tomorrow could well push Ipswich into the top six and would be their sixth home win of the season.

Magilton is expecting his toughest game on Suffolk soil however. He added: “Wolves are unbeaten in their last six matches and they are on a fantastic run.”

“They will feel they can win tomorrow as they have high ambitions and have a manager in Mick McCarthy who is very capable and knows the ingredients for getting out of this division.”

“Our crowd can play a massive role after lifting us on Tuesday.”

“They will know it is an important game and they will be proud as we are if we can make it 10 home victories in succession.”

“No disrespect to Colchester, who were very good, and our other opponents this season but this will be our toughest task at Portman Road and we will have to show all the spirit and togetherness that we have built up over the last few weeks.”

Magilton also has to decide whether to retain Billy Clarke on the left of midfield with Gary Roberts and Danny Haynes in competition for a place. Miller will be accessed after training today with Sylvain Legwinski and Liam Trotter also possible midfield starters.

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