Welcome back to Portman Road for this afternoon’s game against Rotherham United.
I said before the January transfer window opened that we had to get some players in to help the squad and we’ve been able to do that.
Will Keane and Callum Elder have been with us for a week or so and played in the FA Cup at Accrington last week and James Collins, Simon Dawkins and Collin Quaner have come in over the last few days.
It was vital that we added some experience to the squad and some physicality as well.
We saw what we were missing at Accrington - not that I needed a reminder.
It was another poor goal to concede from a set-piece and our performance over the 90 minutes was not good enough.
With the new players coming in and one or two coming back from injury, we will have a different team out there today.
James has a great presence about him and that can be huge for us. He has played at the highest level and his experience will be vital. It’s the same with Collin. I first saw him play at Union Berlin, then he joined Huddersfield and had a great season there when he helped them get into the Premier League.He’s got that physical presence about him as well and he knows what’s needed in the Championship.
Simon has been training with us for a month. I had him with me at Aston Villa and he had a good spell at Derby before going to play in the United States.
He’s trained well and got better and better. He is another one who knows the league which is important for us.
The players we have brought in have all got something to offer. They will make us better and most importantly for me as well, they have shown a real desire to be here.
We are still on the lookout for other options - although we have five loans here already and you can’t have anymore than that on the team sheet so that restricts us. There is a possibility one or two players might go out as well. We’ll see.
The relationship between manager and owner or chairman is vital at any club and I have nothing but praise for the way Marcus has treated me and my staff since we arrived here and the backing he has given us.
From what I have seen, he has put millions and millions into this Club. He has backed his managers. He provided money in the summer to be spent on the squad and as it should be in football, it was down to the manager where he spent it.
I know Marcus fully intends to be at the Club as regularly as he can and we need him. This Club needs him.
As I said, we might have one or two back from injury today. Emyr Huws is doing well having been out for a long time, what is it 18 months or so?He’s in a good place at the moment. There is no question about his talent. He’s a very good footballer. The challenge for him now is to stay out of the treatment room. He has to get his career going. It’s important now for him to get back to playing football matches - week in, week out. If we can get him back and playing regularly, he will be a big asset.
I’m told there are some fans at the game from Fortuna Dusseldorf today, with the tie up between the supporters of the two clubs. It’s great to see that interaction and I’m sure they will add to the noise this afternoon.
Finally, I’d like to welcome Paul Warne, his staff and the Rotherham players to Portman Road this afternoon.