Tyrone Mings fee to be reinvested in squad, says Ipswich MD Ian Milne

The 22-year-old joined Bournemouth last week for a fee believed to be in the region of £8 million.

Ipswich fans could have been forgiven for fearing the worst after the sale of Tyrone Mings last week. The Blues came close to a Premier League return last season and managing to hold on to their key men, along with a few additions, would have them right up there again next season.

Mings’ departure is a big blow and there has been talk of an exit for star striker Daryl Murphy, by the likes of the Birmingham Mail.

Blues fans will be buoyed by recent comments by the club’s managing director Ian Milne however, with the MD promising funds from the Mings sale will be reinvested back into the first team.

Speaking to the club’s official site, Milne said:

“We received a substantial amount of money for Tyrone and having spoken to Marcus [Evans] we both realise that it’s important we reinvest that money back into the team.”

Milne touched on the Bournemouth offer, suggesting the cash sum and the players included made it too good to refuse.

“It’s a shame to see Tyrone leave but it was a fantastic offer put to us by Bournemouth, especially with Ryan Fraser and Brett Pitman joining us as well, and it’s a great opportunity for Tyrone himself."

The Ipswich MD reaffirmed the club’s ambition to return to the Premier League and remarked on the need to fully back Mick McCarthy if they are to achieve that aim.

“Tyrone goes with our best wishes and I’m sure he will do well in the Premier League. Hopefully next season we can join him there.

“To do that we realise we need to give Mick as much backing and support as we can and that is why we will continue to invest in the first-team squad and the Mings sale will substantially help in building that investment,” said Milne.

Receiving the funds is one thing but replacing players of the calibre of Mings, and potentially Murphy, isn’t an easy task and there’s no guarantee that lavish spending will translate to results on the pitch.

Milne’s commitment to investment is encouraging nonetheless, and in Fraser and Pittman Ipswich have already added quality to their squad. Blues fans will be hoping for more of the same in the coming weeks.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch