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23 March 2022

"I think they look fitter, they look stronger and they look very well organised"

Simon Milton says that he is enjoying every minute of watching Town under Kieran McKenna. 

The former midfielder, who made over 300 appearances for the Club from 1987-1998, was recently invited to watch training alongside fellow ex-Blue James Scowcroft.

Town have picked up 32 points from Kieran's 16 games in charge so far, winning nine, drawing five and losing just two of those outings. 

Reflecting on the manager's tenure so far, Milts said: "I’m absolutely loving it. It’s a breath of fresh air; the way the team is playing.

"I think they look fitter, they look stronger and they look very well organised. The start he’s had has been amazing and is testament to the work everyone has done.

"I think Ipswich Town fans are thinking 'wow', as we’ve got this bright young manager who ticks all the boxes and who says it how it is. At the end of the game, he talks calmly about the performance. 

"I also think Kieran McKenna is thinking 'what a great football club this is’. I keep talking to Mark Ashton and he keeps saying how amazed he is by the size of this football club, too.

"Let’s see where we can get to in the next few years but I’ve got to say, I’m enjoying every minute at the moment."

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On Saturday, the Club will be paying tribute to the late Paul Mariner when Town host Plymouth Argyle - the club he moved to Suffolk from in 1976.

Milts paid tribute to the Blues' former number nine ahead of Paul Mariner Day this weekend.

"The minute that you join the Football Club, you get an idea of who used to represent it or whose shoes you are trying to fill at some stage," he continued.

"We’ve lost a few legends over the last few years and he certainly deserves that legendary status. He could hold the ball up, he could bring people into play, he was strong, he scored goals and he was athletic.

"He was also the type of character that the opposition wouldn’t want to be playing against because they knew what they were going to get when they came up against Paul Mariner. 

"Paul was an amazing player that we had here at Ipswich Town following a really successful spell for him at Plymouth as well. Combining the two teams at the same time for a tribute to Paul Mariner is a fantastic idea."

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