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McCarthy eyes Bournemouth showdown

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy admits that he has one eye on a showdown with Bournemouth as both clubs fight to claim sixth spot.

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Ipswich Town eye play-offs after Blackburn Rovers triumph

Luke Chambers challenges Blackburn's Joshua King in last night's victory.
Luke Chambers challenges Blackburn's Joshua King in last night's victory. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have moved to within touching distance of the Championship play-off positions, after a 3-1 victory over Blackburn Rovers at Portman Road.

Goals from Luke Hyam, Carlos Edwards and a late-strike from Frank Nouble sealed a second successive win for Town who are now just two points off the top six.

Former Ipswich striker Jordan Rhodes celebrates scoring on his return to Portman Road.
Former Ipswich striker Jordan Rhodes celebrates scoring on his return to Portman Road. Credit: PA

Not even a goal on his return to the club from Jordan Rhodes could sour the evening as the Tractor Boys recorded their first home win since September.

Mick McCarthy's men will be hoping to continue their impressive form on Saturday, when they host Huddersfield Town.

Supporters' group upset at Ipswich Town charity divide

Alasdair Ross from the Ipswich Town Independent Supporters' Trust has criticised the Tractor Boys' decision to sever ties with the club's charitable trust.

Town have decided to end their partnership with the Trust, focusing instead on a new Advanced Coaching Programme, run by their Academy coaches.

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Ipswich Town Joint Managing Director explains charity split

Ipswich Town Joint Managing Director Ian Milne has explained the reasoning behind splitting with the club's charitable trust:

"With our commitment to producing homegrown talent through our Academy, we want to take a leading role in the area at grassroots level and that's why we are introducing the Advanced Coaching Programme.

"With that in mind and the Trust's decision to move into multi-sports, it's a natural progression to go our separate ways."

– Ian Milne, Ipswich Town Joint Managing Director

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Blues cut ties with charity

Ipswich Town have announced this week that it's cutting ties with the Ipswich Town Charitable Trust.
Ipswich Town have announced this week that it's cutting ties with the Ipswich Town Charitable Trust. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Ipswich Town have announced this week that they are cutting ties with the Ipswich Town Charitable Trust, the former community arm of the club, as they look to focus on improving their Academy.

Town have decided to end their partnership with the Trust, focusing instead on a new Advanced Coaching Programme, run by their Academy coaches.

The charity has now changed its name to 'Inspire Suffolk' and moved from its previous base at Portman Road.

Former Town keeper thanks club after winning cancer battle

Former Ipswich Town goalkeeper Márton Fülöp has thanked the club for their support during his battle with cancer.

The Hungarian announced that he was putting his career on hold in the summer in order to undergo treatment to remove a tumour on his arm.

However, 30-year-old Fülöp has now recovered and has started training again with a view to finding a new club.

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MARTON FULOP: "I would like to thank the #ITFC fans and the Club for their kind support which helped me stay in a positive frame of mind."

U's loanee recalled as Ipswich youngster heads to Gillingham

Jeffrey Monakana has been recalled by parent club Preston North End.
Jeffrey Monakana has been recalled by parent club Preston North End. Credit: PA

Colchester United loanee Jeffrey Monakana has been recalled by parent club Preston North End.

The 20-year-old winger made an impressive contribution during his time in Essex, scoring on his debut against Bradford City in September and going on to to make nine appearances for the U's in total.

Monakana will now hope to force his way into the starting line-up at Deepdale, with promotion-chasing Preston currently sitting in fourth place in League One.

Elliott Hewitt will spend the next month at Gillingham.
Elliott Hewitt will spend the next month at Gillingham. Credit: PA

Meanwhile, Ipswich Town youngster Elliott Hewitt has signed for Gillingham on a 28-day loan deal.

The Wales under-21 international has made four appearances for Town this season, and will be aiming to get minutes under his belt at the Priestfield Stadium.

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Town defender to skipper All Whites

Tommy Smith will lead New Zealand out against Mexico.
Tommy Smith will lead New Zealand out against Mexico. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town defender Tommy Smith will captain New Zealand in their crucial World Cup qualifying playoff against Mexico later today.

Smith has been handed the armband in the absence of regular skipper Winston Reid who has been ruled out with an ankle injury.

New Zealand qualified for the intercontinental playoff as Oceania group winners, whilst Mexico finished in 4th place in the CONCACAF section.

The All Whites are likely to face an intimidating atmosphere in the iconic Azteca stadium, before heading back to Wellington for the second leg next week.

Town snap up Irish winger

Stephen Hunt competes for the ball alongside former Birmingham City winger Nathan Redmond, now at rivals Norwich City.
Stephen Hunt competes for the ball alongside former Birmingham City winger Nathan Redmond, now at rivals Norwich City. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town have completed the signing of Irish winger Stephen Hunt on a short-term deal until January.

The 32-year-old has 39 caps for the Republic of Ireland but has been without a club since leaving League One side Wolverhampton Wanderers in the summer.

Hunt is certainly no stranger to Tractor Boys boss Mick McCarthy, with McCarthy having signed the midfielder for Wolves in 2010.

The wide man is available for Saturday's match at Blackpool, a club he ironically nearly joined earlier in the season.

O'Neill reportedly closes in on Ireland job

Martin O'Neill looks set to be named Republic of Ireland manager.
Martin O'Neill looks set to be named Republic of Ireland manager. Credit: PA

Ipswich Town fans could be about to breathe a sigh of relief after several bookmakers suspended betting on Martin O'Neill becoming the new Republic of Ireland manager.

Blues boss Mick McCarthy had been strongly linked with a return to the Irish set-up, over a decade after he left his position first-time around.

However, it now looks as though former Norwich City player and manager O'Neill will replace Giovanni Trapattoni with some newspaper reports suggesting he could be unveiled as early as next week.

McCarthy reflects on first year in charge

Mick McCarthy says he is happy enough with his first year in charge at Ipswich Town but admits that the Tractor Boys "could do better."

Since taking the reins in November last year, McCarthy has managed to save the club from relegation and guide them to a solid start to this season.

The Blues are preparing to take on McCarthy's hometown club Barnsley at Portman Road tonight, with the visitors still searching for their first away win of the campaign.

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