Williams: Jim Deserves Fan Criticism

Last updated : 13 April 2009 By Site Editor

Town are firmly stuck in the mid-table area of the Coca-Cola Championship after despite the injection of £12M by club owner Marcus Evans, whichwas expected to enable Town to challenge for at least the play-off's this term.

Following the 3-1 home defeat to Doncaster on Saturday, many fans voiced their disapproval with calls for Jim Magilton to be removed form his position at the club, alongside accusations that he did not know what he was doing in role of manager at the club.

Wales born Williams told the EADT that Magilton could have little complaint over his treatement from the fans: "Ipswich have under-achieved this season. They've spent a lot of money and before the season started I really fancied them to do well.

"I've got a lot of mates in Ipswich so I've kept in touch with what's going on and I know Jim Magilton has been getting a lot of stick.

"Rightly so because he's spent so much money. I don't think there are many clubs in the division who spent as much as Ipswich. They should be challenging for automatic promotion, let alone the play-offs.

"When you've spent the money Ipswich have spent it raises the expectation levels among the fans and the team have failed to deliver.

"This was a big season for Jim Magilton. He spent a lot of money and they've not made the play-offs so the fans are on his back.

"They've never really been play-off contenders and it will be interesting to see what happens there in the summer."

Williams also admitted he remembers his three year spell at Portman Road with fond memories: "Ipswich is a great club with first-class facilities and big support. It should be a Premier League club and it's sad not to see them in that division.

"I had a great three years there and I was disappointed to leave. But when Bristol City came in for me I knew it would be a good move for me because it's near my family in South Wales.

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