Jim: Promotion would be just the start

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton today confirmed that getting to the Premier League will only be the start of his ambitions.“My ambition is to become recognised as a Premier League team and to regard ourselves that way as well,” he said.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town manager Jim Magilton today confirmed that getting to the Premier League will only be the start of his ambitions.

“My ambition is to become recognised as a Premier League team and to regard ourselves that way as well,” he said.

“Bolton got promoted the year after we beat them in the play-offs and they've stabilised.

“We got promoted and the next year we were in the UEFA Cup.

“So it is possible, but the infrastructure has to be right.

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“The takeover by Marcus Evans has brought in a cash bonanza, but we still believe in youth development.

“We still believe in giving kids a chance, in bringing them through when the time is right and we have a bunch of 17-year-olds here of whom we are very hopeful.”

Magilton feels that the traditions of Portman Road will hold Town in good stead as they look to make the most of their 12 Coca-Cola Championship games and make their way to the top flight either with a top two finish or via the play-offs.

“We have an ethic at the club that we get everybody to adhere to,” added Magilton.

“We call our methods 'The Ipswich Way'. We are very proud of the heritage of the club.

“First and foremost, we have a way of dealing with people and from a footballing point of view, we've always tried to play the game the right way.

“There is a very special atmosphere at this football club and it always struck a chord with me, even when I came here as an opposition player.”

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