Ipswich Town: Jonathan Douglas eyes future manager's role

Jonathan Douglas
Jonathan Douglas has made 18 appearances since joining Ipswich in the summer

Ipswich midfielder Jonathan Douglas says he is looking into management when he retires from playing.

The 33-year-old has made 463 career league appearances for clubs including Leeds, Swindon and Brentford.

"I'll be doing the Uefa B license this summer so that's the next step, but I'm still enjoying playing and got a couple of years left," the ex-Republic of Ireland man told BBC Radio Suffolk.

"I think I'd probably look to be a manager more than a coach."

Douglas has made 18 appearances for seventh-placed Ipswich since joining on a free transfer from Brentford in the summer, having helped his old side into the Championship play-offs last season.

The Bees lost 5-1 on aggregate to Middlesbrough - Town's opponents on Friday night - in the play-off semi-final.

Boro lost the Wembley final to Norwich but Douglas - whose new team can go into the top six with victory over Aitor Karanka's second-placed side - says they have added quality to their team.

"I don't think we did ourselves justice in the second leg at Middlesbrough. We were unlucky at home conceding the late goal," he said of Brentford's defeat.

"They're a good side and added some quality, so it's going to be a good game.

"Defensively they're very strong - they've added David Nugent and Stewart Downing to the squad from last year, so it's going to be difficult.

"But if we're giving 100% we can beat anybody."

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