I wanted to be Ipswich boss, says Holland

Matt Holland at Ipswich

The former Town captain has revealed he was keen on taking on the manager's job at Portman Road.

Matt Holland at IpswichHolland during his playing days at Ipswich

Matt Holland has revealed to The Green 'Un that he once made a bid to become Ipswich Town manager.

In an exclusive interview with fellow Tractor Boys legend Kieron Dyer, Holland said he threw his hat into the ring for the top job at Portman Road, following Paul Jewell's departure towards the end of 2012.

Matt Holland at IpswichThe midfielder says he once made a bid to be Ipswich manager

Holland, who made over 250 appearances for the club as a player, told The Green 'Un: “I threw my name in and asked if it would be worth me putting in my CV.

“The reaction I got was along the lines of ‘we’re looking for someone more experienced’, because at that moment in time they needed an older head.”

The club eventually opted for former Wolves and Sunderland boss Mick McCarthy, who managed Holland during their time in the Republic of Ireland squad.

Matt Holland at IpswichHolland made over 250 appearances as a player for Ipswich 

That may have explained why the former midfielder was linked with a return as McCarthy's assistant, but Holland says such an arrangement was never really on the cards.

He added: “Yes, it is strange because I’d seen Mick about three weeks before he got the Town job in the press room at Stamford Bridge.

Ipswich Manager Mick McCarthyMcCarthy eventually took the reins at Portman Road

“We were chatting away. He asked if I was doing any coaching. I said I’d done my UEFA B badge but I was enjoying my media work. That was the only conversation I’d ever had with him about coaching, so where the rumours came from, I don’t know.”

While Holland is clearly enjoying his media work, there do not appear to be any immediate plans to get into coaching, although if the manager's job in Suffolk does come up again, he may well be tempted to throw his name into the mix again.

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