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Ipswich Town's reported managerial candidate Neil Harris responds to speculation linking him with the job



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While he would not comment on the strong speculation linking him to the Ipswich Town manager's job, Neil Harris has revealed that he is 'ready to go again' and is open to the prospect of taking over a League One club.

The former Millwall and Cardiff City boss is believed to have applied for the Portman Road vacancy – with numerous publications suggesting that he is currently in pole position to replace the recently departed Paul Cook.

Talking to talkSPORT 2 this evening the 44-year-old, who is currently out of the management game, was not willing to confirm his interest, yet he also refused to rule himself out of the running.

Neil Harris is believed to be a frontrunner for the Ipswich Town job. Picture: Barry Goodwin
Neil Harris is believed to be a frontrunner for the Ipswich Town job. Picture: Barry Goodwin

"I'd never talk about any individual club. I've turned down jobs in the past and Championship jobs this year. For me, I had a great six years (at) Cardiff and Millwall – two fantastic clubs in different ways," he said.

"I'm looking for a project to get back in. I really enjoyed my time managing in the Championship, (and had a) great experience at Millwall, always being the underdog.

"But I really enjoyed League One as well. League One is a great division, (there are) some really good teams there and some really good players. I had a great time getting out of that division with Millwall.

"What I would say is I'm ready to go again. I've enjoyed the break, had great family time but watched a hell of a lot of football as well.

"I've been at various different clubs to watch them work in the Premier League, League One, Championship and League Two with Kenny Jackett to watch them work and watch how they recruit, watch how they prepare for games, watch them on the grass, watch them at the games on a Saturday as well to see how it all comes together and to see if there's anything you can add.

"Me personally, I'm ready to go again – refreshed, recharged, had a lot of reflection time and good to go."

Asked more generally about how he viewed Ipswich as a football club, Harris replied: "It's a brilliant football club. (It's a) great challenge for somebody to go in and hit the ground running.

"They've struggled for a little bit of momentum this year and consistency, but it's a playing squad and a football club that deserves to be right at the top of the division, at least at the league above and have aspirations of finally getting back to the Premier League.

"Ipswich is certainly a club that deserves to be in the league above and fighting to get in the Premier League."