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 Ian (“Charlie”) McParland takes charge ahead of Chelsea game

Ian "Charlie" McParland has taken charge of Ipswich Town on a caretaker basis ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup Third Round against Chelsea.


This follows the departure of manager Roy Keane. Parland has been at Portman Road for over a year as part of the club’s coaching staff after starting last season in charge of Notts County, where he worked alongside Sven Goran Ericsson for a period.


“Having reviewed the situation, Charlie has got management experience and he can draw on that experience at this time. He will be in charge for the game at Chelsea and until we appoint a new manager,” Ipswich Town chief executive Simon Clegg told the club’s website.


Clegg has put no time limit on appointing a new manager but says, “We have a number of options but I don’t expect a new man to be in place for the Chelsea game. We know what type of manager we are looking for but the brief will be to take Ipswich Town back into the Premier League.”


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