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SAM ON PAUL'S DEPARTURE

6 December 2021

"A manager never gets sacked from what he does, it’s from the players on the pitch"

Sam Morsy says that the first-team squad have let departing manager Paul Cook and his backroom staff down this season.

The Club relieved Paul of his duties following Saturday's goalless draw against Barrow in the second round of the FA Cup.

Gary Roberts, Franny Jeffers, Ian Craney and John Keeley have also departed Portman Road.

Reflecting on the news of the outgoing staff, the Blues' captain Sam said: "As a squad, we’ve let them down a bit.

"The manager has brought everyone to the Club and I’ve been successful with the manager over a number of seasons so it was sad.

"The staff tried to do their best and worked really hard. Unfortunately, us as players haven’t quite been good enough.

"A manager never gets sacked from what he does, it’s from the players on the pitch. The effort was absolutely there and the commitment was there, but the results in previous weeks haven’t been what we wanted.

"It’s always sad to see any manager lose a job, whether you’re close or not. He wished us all the best and hopefully we can still have a successful season."

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Former Town defender John McGreal has been named as the Club's interim manager and will be supported by Rene Gilmartin, who previously assisted him at Swindon, Kieron Dyer and Carl Pentney.

Sam says that the players' focus must now switch to tomorrow night's game against Charlton. 

"Mark Ashton gave me a call to tell me first before it got released," he continued. "He asked for professionalism during this time. The Club has got a long-term vision and he just asked to keep that going.

"We’ve had our meetings about what is expected over the next couple of days. We have to clear our heads, prepare for Charlton and try to get a win.

"The support has been really good. We know they will be travelling in their numbers and we have to give them something to shout about.

"For the new manager, whoever that is, you have to give your all. That’s all you can do as a professional footballer. That’s all I can do on a daily basis and then on a Saturday and a Tuesday.

"The best way you can be and the most focused you can be is by just simply doing your job. It’s doing the simple things, preparing yourself for the game and preparing to play - the rest will take care of itself.

"John is an Ipswich lad and is really keen to get some wins. He’s really enthusiastic. He wants us to be a little bit more 'free' and to enjoy it. For him, it’s about giving the fans something to be proud of. He just wants to get the enthusiasm back in the team."

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