Players can sort it out
"WE can sort this out", said central defender Thomas Gaardsoe referring to Ipswich Town's financial problems."It is all really down to us, the players.
By Elvin King
"WE can sort this out", said central
defender Thomas Gaardsoe referring to Ipswich Town's financial problems.
"It is all really down to us, the players. If we get promoted at the end of the season everything will be resolved. I believe we are capable of doing it."
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However much talking goes on in the boardroom, the administrators and the banks, the most likely – and many would say only – way of ensuring the club does not go into liquidation is to recoup the millions of TV money on offer from a return to the Premiership.
The 23-year-old Dane is well aware of this.
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Gaardsoe is set to be paired with John McGreal in a new-look Town rearguard against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Portman Road tonight.
This will release skipper Matt Holland back into a midfield role with Fabian Wilnis and Chris Makin likely to be full backs in a 4-3-3 formation.
"It will be great playing with John," added Gaardsoe. "When the previous manager was here John and I were rivals.
"The manager would only pick me if John was injured. Now it is different and I am sure we can work well together.
"With John injured for the start of the season we have played together only a few times before. He is a very experienced professional and there will be no problem."
Gaardsoe is looking for Town's fans to get behind the side again and he continued: "We must continue on the pitch as we left off against Sheffield United 11 days ago.
"Even when we were two down with ten men, we still believed we could win. Our fans were
magnificent and if we can keep 11 players on the pitch this time we will have an extra man.
"Our 12 against Wolves' 11 will give us a head start. We have to treat every match like a cup game now and do all we can not to lose.
"A defeat will knock us back a game or two, but if we can put a run together with Grimsby coming to Portman Road on Saturday we can reach the play-offs and end the current financial problems."
Manager Joe Royle is keen for Gaardsoe to continue his scoring run that has seen him find the net four times in his last nine matches.
"He was joking with me in training yesterday to get my head on to the end of another corner," said Gaardsoe.
"I watched Wolves on television against Rochdale on Sunday in the FA Cup and they are an exciting side. They reached the play-offs last year and will be hard to beat, but we can do it if we play our normal game."
Gaardsoe and partner Anne took advantage of a free weekend to return to Denmark and surprise his parents. "They did not know we were coming and were astounded when we knocked on the door," added Gaardsoe.
"It was August when I was last home and my mother has been ill. It was reassuring to see her well.
"We also visited Anne's parents and enjoyed some traditional Danish cooking."
Suitable refreshed, Gaardsoe is in the right frame of mind to see off the Wolves – and carry on the good work that will put an end to the
current financial worries.