"I would never turn my back on the Club"
John McGreal said he has had a "whirlwind" couple of days after taking on the role of interim manager at Town, but he is confident the squad and his staff are now fully focused on tomorrow night's test at Charlton.
The former Blues centre-half was spoken to on Saturday evening following the departure of Paul Cook, and he will now lead Town at The Valley on Tuesday alongside interim first-team coaches Kieron Dyer, Rene Gilmartin and Carl Pentney.
"I had to digest the news on Saturday evening," John told iFollow Ipswich.
"I was shocked and the last couple of days have gone very quickly. The Club needs me to help and I would never turn my back on the Club given how good it has been to me over the years.
"It's my club and I want it to do well. I'd like to do well during the interim period, however long that is, and get us through to the third round of the FA Cup before leaving the team in the capable hands of the new manager.
"I've known Pents [Carl Pentney] from when he was at Colchester and I have touched base with him. I've worked with Rene before and I have known Kieron a long time. The Club needs help and we are all going to try and help us get some wins.
"The situation is what it is and we have to move forward. We have a huge game tomorrow night and we have switched our focus to that straight away.
"I've had one training session with the group and it was enjoyable. We were out on the grass for an hour or so and I was able to put some names to faces. We got a good amount of work in and this is a good group of players.
"Our players are professionals and they are playing for Ipswich Town so there is a pressure on them and they might feel that. They need to release the shackles, though, and give it a right go. It's the least our supporters demand and deserve - you have to work hard for the badge."
Watch the full interview with John on iFollow Ipswich.