Playing for Jim is magic - Supple

SHANE Supple today summed up the mood in the Ipswich Town camp when he said: “There must be something wrong if you don't want to play for new manager Jim Magilton.

By Elvin King

SHANE Supple today summed up the mood in the Ipswich Town camp when he said: “There must be something wrong if you don't want to play for new manager Jim Magilton.”

Supple gave a faultless display as the Blues came back to draw 1-1 with Willem 11 in scorching heat in Holland last night thanks to a goal in stoppage time by substitute Matt Richards.

Supple played the whole game, with Lewis Price set to play for 90 minutes when Ipswich play the second of their three games on the European tour at Waregem in Belgium tomorrow night.

Supple added: “The new boss is the type who you want to play for every week. He lets you know where you stand, and everybody is aware of their situation.

“We have had a laugh in pre-season so far, but it has also been deadly serious. Jim Magilton is a born manager and I am sure he will be able to handle every situation that comes his way.

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“It results go awry for a while, he is the sort who will be able to sort it out.”

Supple is genuine in his belief that Ipswich can finish in the top six this season, and he says that playing behind a settled back four will be important.

“Jason De Vos and Richard Naylor are players I can react to now, and Indridi Sigurdsson did well last night and could become a big member of our squad,” added Supple.

Icelandic international Sigurdsson is due to play again tomorrow, but there are doubts whether French midfielder Alex Bertin will be given a contract.

The trialist did well enough in front of the back four last night, but with limited funds to bring in any more than two - possible three - newcomers, Magilton is looking for someone who can make a bigger impression.

Bertin also turned in tidy performances against Boston and Galway, but just lacks that little bit of quality. Whether Sigurdsson has what it takes remains to be seen - and he took time to get going last night.

Algerian central defender Medhi Menire is the next

player to be offered a trial by Ipswich, and he trained with the squad in Tilburg this morning with a view to playing tomorrow.

The 29-year-old has played for French club Troyes after previously being with Nancy.

He has had a trial with Leeds United already this month and has been recommended by Town's chief scout Steve McCall.

Certain to play tomorrow is Finland Under-21 international Marko Kolsi, with the 21-year-old creating a good impression in a training session yesterday.

He was with Willem II last season and the midfielder is desperate to play in English league football.

“I have played with Shefki Kuqi in the Finland set-up and he has informed that Ipswich are a very good club,” said Kolsi, who trained with the Town party again this morning as he looks to gain a contract with the Blues.

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