Jim's a better boss after QPR job - John

JOHN Gorman today said that former Blues boss Jim Magilton is a better manager for his Queens Park Rangers experience.

Elvin King

JOHN Gorman today said that former Blues boss Jim Magilton is a better manager for his Queens Park Rangers experience.

“He was getting better and better as the season went on,” said Gorman, who was Magilton's number two at Loftus Road and followed the Northern Irishman out of the QPR door as a matter of principle.

Gorman worked under Magilton at Portman Road from last January until both were dismissed in April just two days before the appointment of current manager Roy Keane.

They moved to Rangers in June and are now both out of work.

“I never had any doubts that Ipswich would move up the table,” said Gorman, who is currently spending some time at his place in Spain but is looking to get back into English football as soon as possible.

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“People kept asking me what I thought when Ipswich were at the foot of the table.

“But I had no worries and kept saying that they would move up and settle into a good position.

“They have a manager more than capable of achieving success.”

Magilton and Gorman are believed to be restricted in their movements while the terms of their mutual agreement departure from QPR runs its course, but the latter can see them both going back into management.

“It was very enjoyable at QPR,” added former England coach Gorman. “We had a good working relationship with the owners and were handling the situation well.

“We were doing a good job with the fans loving the way the team was playing and if we had beaten Coventry City at home at the end of November we would have gone third.

“The lads played a blinder that day but such is the nature of the Championship we ended up drawing 2-2.

“The next game we lost 5-1 at home to Middlesbrough, but that was a fluke result.”

Magilton was involved in a dressing room scuffle with player Akos Buzsaky after a defeat at Watford on December 7 and after being suspended for a while he departed the club.

Gorman stood by his boss, and explained: “A mountain was made out of a molehill.

“I can't say any more.

“I could have stayed but left as well as a matter of principle.

“Jim did well at Ipswich and he was even better at QPR.

“I will be very interested in linking up with him again as we work well and we have enjoyed success.

“My enthusiasm is back, and I will also consider any lower division jobs that come along similar to the managerial position I once held at Wycombe Wanderers.”

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