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Former Ipswich boss reveals he has applied for Portman Road job

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Former Ipswich Town favourite George Burley has applied for the vacant managerial position at the Championship club.

The Tractor Boys parted company with Mick McCarthy last month with a section of fans seriously unhappy with the style of football the team were playing.

Since then, they have been on the lookout for a new man to take over once the current campaign was over.

And, Burley, who managed the club for eight years and spent 12 years there as a player, has thrown his hat into the ring, with another Town legend lined up as his assistant.

Everyone has kept asking me about it and, after much consideration, I’ve applied,” he told the East Anglian Daily Times.

And I’d have Terry Butcher working with me too. Just like me he’s got the club in his blood, lives in Suffolk, and is desperate to see better times.”

The 61-year old also dismissed the idea he hasn’t been involved in football for too long, with his last coaching role back in 2012.

I have lived in Ipswich for the last four years and been at virtually every home game so I understand the current mood and what is required going forwards.”

The Verdict

Given Burley’s status at the club those in charge would be foolish not to consider meeting the former boss to at least talk to him.

The obvious concerns are about how long he has been away from the game and whether he can come back in such a competitive league and his last positions in football don’t inspire confidence.

However, it’s up to the board who now know of Burley’s interest and need to make a massive decision in the coming weeks.

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