FOOTBALL: Beleaguered Ipswich pick Burley

George Burley was yesterday assigned the unenviable task of extricating Ipswich Town from the Premiership danger zone. The former Ipswich and Scotland full-back took over as the manager of the Portman Road club, who went into last night's home gam e withArsenal lying bottom of the division.

Burley, who resigned as the manager of Third Division Colchester United on Christmas Eve after serving only six months of a two-year contract, described the job as a "dream".

But Ipswich could now face a possible £500,000 compensation claim from Colchester for the loss of Burley. The Essex club have already turned down two offers from the Premiership side, including one of £100,000.

Paul Goddard, the caretaker-manager since the resignation of John Lyall a fortnight ago, picked the team for last night's game but Burley will take over in time for the visit to Everton on Saturday.

The Ipswich chairman, John Kerr, is convinced Burley is the right man for the job.

He said: "George's record speaks for itself. He gained management and coaching experience in the hard school north of the border. His determination and the clear view of what he can do for this club shone through at his interviews."

Burley becomes only Ipswich's ninth post-war manager. He made 500 appearances for the Suffolk club after joining them as a youth player in 1971, winning 11 Scottish caps in that time, as well as picking up FA Cup and Uefa Cup-winning medals with the EastAnglian club under Bobby Robson.

He later played for Sunderland and Gillingham before returning to his native Scotland, where he was player-manager at Ayr, before two coaching spells at Motherwell.

Burley said: "It is a dream come true for me. Since the day I left Ipswich, I've been looking to get into the coaching and managing side of the game."

Burley is confident he can turn the club's fortunes around. "We haven't got millions to spend, so there is no easy route. It is going to be down to hard work by myself and the skill of the players. In my five or six years as a manager and coach, I have not had money to spend, so I'm used to making do with the players available."

Burley has yet to announce his backroom staff, although Dale Roberts, the caretaker at Colchester and another former Ipswich player, is a candidate to join him. Goddard is set to return to a coaching role.

East Anglia's other Premiership club, Norwich City, are looking abroad for a replacement for goalkeeper Bryan Gunn, who will miss the rest of the season. Yesterday Gunn had an operation on the right ankle he broke and dislocated at Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.

With 19-year-old Andy Marshall, whose substitute appearance at the City Ground was his Premiership debut, their only fit professional goalkeeper, Norwich desperately need reinforcements with two important Cup games to follow the holiday programme.

Negotiations began yesterday with a European club and Norwich are hopeful of sealing a signing before the weekend. They are also investigating the possibility of taking an experienced goalkeeper on loan.

Gerry Francis, the Tottenham manager, has decided against accepting a one-year, roll-over contract. Instead Francis, who refused to sign a long-term contract at his former club, Queen's Park Rangers, will continue at White Hart Lane on a month-to-month basis and then review the situation.

In Scotland, Arbroath have sacked their manager, George Mackie, after an eight-month reign. The Gayfield club are second from bottom of the Third Division and have not won a home league match all season.

The assistant manager, Jimmy Cant, will take over on a temporary basis and the club are to advertise for their 13th manager in 14 years.

Last night's football, page 31

News
A poster by Durham Constabulary
news
Life and Style
Steve Shaw shows Kate how to get wet behind the ears and how to align her neck
healthSteven Shaw - the 'Buddha of Breaststroke' - applies Alexander Technique to the watery sport
Sport
Cameron Jerome
footballCanaries beat Boro to gain promotion to the Premier League
Arts and Entertainment
Performers drink tea at the Glastonbury festival in 2010
music
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Guru Careers: Software Developer / C# Developer

£40-50K: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Software / C# Developer w...

Guru Careers: Software Developer

£35 - 40k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Software Developer (JavaS...

SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant / Resourcer

£18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: As a Trainee Recruitment Consu...

Ashdown Group: UI Developer - (UI, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AngularJS)

£25000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: UI Developer - (UI, JavaScript, HTML...

Day In a Page

Abuse - and the hell that came afterwards

Abuse - and the hell that follows

James Rhodes on the extraordinary legal battle to publish his memoir
Why we need a 'tranquility map' of England, according to campaigners

It's oh so quiet!

The case for a 'tranquility map' of England
'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

'Timeless fashion'

It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
If the West needs a bridge to the 'moderates' inside Isis, maybe we could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive after all

Could have done with Osama bin Laden staying alive?

Robert Fisk on the Fountainheads of World Evil in 2011 - and 2015
New exhibition celebrates the evolution of swimwear

Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine