Ipswich fans react to news that George Burley wants to return as manager

A view of a corner flag ahead of the Sky Bet Championship match between Ipswich Town and Aston Villa at Portman Road on April 21, 2018 in Ipswich, England.

The former Ipswich Town and Scotland boss has confirmed he has applied to succeed Mick McCarthy at Portman Road.

George Burley of Crystal Palace looks on during the npower Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Crystal Palace at the City Ground on December 18, 2010 in Nottingham, England.

Ipswich Town fans have taken to Twitter to react to news that former Blues boss George Burley is interested in the vacant managerial post at Portman Road.

Burley, who led Town to promotion in 2000 before guiding them to a fifth-placed finish in the Premiership the following season, revealed exclusively to the East Anglian Daily Times today that he has formally applied for the role, and that he wants fellow Tractor Boys legend Terry Butcher to be his assistant.

George Burley (L), the Scotland head coach and his assistant, Terry Butcher look on prior to kickoff during the Tennent's International Challenge friendly match between Scotland and...

He said: “Everyone has kept asking me about it and, after much consideration, I’ve applied. 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.

“People might say I have been out of the game for a while, but 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.

29 May 2000:  Ipswich Town manager George Burley during the Nationwide League Division One play-off final against Barnsley at Wembley in London.  Ipswich Town won the match 4-2. \...

“I know it is not an easy job. I know there will be financial restraints in a tough league. And I know people might want to see a new face. But I do feel I have all the credentials and that the glove fits,” he added.

Ipswich fans are eager for the club to appoint a new boss sooner rather than later and many believe that Burley, who made almost 400 appearances for Town as a player, could bring the good times back to Portman Road: 

Considering that Burley has not managed since a two-match spell at Cypriot side Appolon Limassol in 2012, it could be argued that bringing the Scot in for a second stint as Blues boss is a big risk for owner and chairman Marcus Evans.

That said, it could be a risk that pays off in dramatic fashion given Burley's history at the club and his own desire to guide them back to the big time in 2019.

29 May 2000:  Ipswich Town manager George Burley lifts the trophy after the Nationwide League Division One play-off final against Barnsley at Wembley in London.  Ipswich Town won the match...

But, if Evans is looking for a manager with knowledge of the club, a track record of gaining promotion and an excellent relationship with the club's supporters, then the 61-year-old could well be his man.

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