Sheepshanks: Promotion bid starts now

IPSWICH Town chairman David Sheepshanks today said there is no sleep being lost at Portman Road after just missing out on promotion from the Coca-Cola Championship this season.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town chairman David Sheepshanks today said there is no sleep being lost at Portman Road after just missing out on promotion from the Coca-Cola Championship this season.

“Our promotion bid for 2008/09 starts now,” said Sheepshanks. “And if it is not next season then the one after we will be looking to be cast-iron certainties.

“Manager Jim Magilton is away at the moment looking to improve his squad and along with his backroom team has the full backing of owner Marcus Evans and everybody else at Ipswich Town.”

Sheepshanks admits that he had a tear in his eye at yesterday's celebrations to mark the 30th anniversary of Sir Bobby Robson winning the FA Cup for the Blues.

And he says that the special magic that led to so much success during the Robson reign remains.

Most Read

“My predecessors as chairmen of Ipswich Town, John and Patrick Cobbold, would have been proud at what went on yesterday,” said Sheepshanks.

“Winning the FA Cup put Ipswich as a town on the map and there is a rich heritage that still goes through the club.

“It is an inspiration to Jim Magilton.

“To see the sheer delight on the faces of Ipswich Town fans and their spellbound admiration of Sir Bobby and his players brought a tear to my eye.

“During Bobby's time we would have qualified for the Champions League seven years out of ten if the current qualification system had been in operation then. How remarkable is that?”

Looking ahead, Sheepshanks believes that when the Blues go up it will be to stay up.

He added: “It was a fantastic atmosphere on Sunday and a great performance and result.

“But unfortunately other results did not go our way.

“Of course we are disappointed at not going up after going so close to the play-offs. It is our goal to reach the Premier League.

“But we will be stronger for this season's efforts and are looking ahead full of optimism.

“Nobody is down at Portman Road.

“Marcus Evans is very happy with how everything is going and with new players coming in during the summer we are in good spirits and looking ahead to successful times.”

And Robson had a couple of words of advice and suggested that it would be no harm to wait a little longer for promotion.

He said: “I saw the game on Sunday and there is a bright future at Portman Road.

“The team does need improving and money has to be spent wisely, and I am sure that will be done.

“Hopefully my 1978 side will be an inspiration to the current one.”

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter