NO bad apples will be brought into Ipswich Town this summer.

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That’s the message from chief scout Dave Bowman as he today lifts the lid on the depths that he and his team will go to find the players to finally take the club forward following nearly a decade of stagnation.

In an exclusive interview with the EADT, the man who – along with Ian ‘Taff’ Evans – has forged a telepathic triumvirate alongside Mick McCarthy for more than two decades, said: “We try to find out all about the guys before we sign them.

“We do due diligence on them because you have to do that with big investments. We try and run the football club like a family and you need to know that any new additions will fit into your family.

“At previous clubs we’ve actually gone to areas and spent one or two nights asking around to see what certain players got up to. We speak to police, people in pubs and clubs. You get to find things out and it pays off.

“There’s two or three that we’ve thought may be good additions that we’ve decided against because of that.”

Having all met at Barnsley in the late 1970s, Bowman and Evans have become loyal sidekicks to McCarthy at Millwall, the Republic of Ireland, Sunderland and Wolves.

The trio can boast an excellent record in the transfer market, with lower league gems have been turned into Premier League stars and big money signings having turned an even bigger profit.

And with several Blues players coming to the end of their contracts or loan spells, McCarthy – currently battling to keep his inherited team in the Championship – will need his trusted advisors more than ever as he looks to build his own squad this summer.

See today’s EADT for a two-page feature looking at:

– The working relationship between McCarthy and Bowman, Evans and Steve McCall;

– The type of player the Blues are searching for;

– Where in the UK and Europe the Blues are casting their net;

– Bowman’s unique link with sports brand Nike;

- And why Town will be more prepared for Financial Fair Play rules than most.

Unable to get a paper? You can buy an e-edition at: http://www.eadt.co.uk/home/e-edition

21 comments

  • Reader Poll - Re Ged Scott and Steroo, are their posts on this site any or all of the following? 1. Intellectually comparable. 2. Written by people who sadly have something in common. 3. Written by people who obviously find it difficult to find someone who will listen to them. 4. Written by people who are weighed down with a huge chip on their shoulders, for instance, a budgerigar attempting to lift the FA Cup, or 5. All of the above.

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    NB

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Good to see Ged Steroo (or is it Archant) managing 2 comments. Surreal vision that - sewage roaring with laughter. For the record Ged Steroo I do think the EDP is a much better paper (probably because it gets more attention from the owners) and on my visits back home I do read that paper. However I have also read Harry Potter and do not necessarily believe everything I read!! Not that facts are of interest to you but I would point out that McCarthys performance since joining ITFC compares very well with Mr One Way at NCFC this season. Played (MM 19 OW 26) Points (MM 28 OW 29) Points Average Per Match (MM 1.4 OW 1.1) Goals For (MM 23 OW 25,) Goals Against (MM 29 OW 40) Goal Difference (MM -6 OW -15). Neither look good but I have also failed to mention the Cup defeat to high flying Luton!!! One Way Hughton is true to his name - one point per match - one way to play - one direction at all clubs he has been to. Who knows what will happen but current performances and stats suggest both clubs will be struggling and then will we see the pitch side microphone unpacked by the gin swigging entertainment at Carrow Road?

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    SussexTractorBoy

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • I was listening to a major radio sports channel today and because of the big game tonight were talking about Fergy at Man Utd and saying how any young recruits who turned up in flash cars were soon spoken to. It is in my opinion great when a club of their status will not tolerate any player being bigger than the club, or bringing it into disrepute. Players such as David Beckham and Ruud Van Nistelroy have soon discovered this . Not that it has affected Beckham a great deal, but Fergy proved a point. I don't totally agree that going out and having a few necessarily affects a players performance, but if the player wants a long career then he needs to look after himself. A good example is Ryan Giggs. If you discount his other passions. But if a player causes trouble at one or two previous clubs there is a good chance he will cause problems at yours. A friend of mine who is a Newcastle supporter raised his eyebrows when I told him that we had signed Chopra and pointed out a few of his problems. O.K. if you have problems but it in no way affects your performance then fine. But if they do affect performance then that's a different story.

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    whymarkmariner

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Chopra was already here when these scouts joined....

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    Kev_b

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Sound of envelope being opened close to microphone. Then silence. 'And the BAFTA for the Most Idiotic Article of the Year goes to.......'

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    Bertie Shrimp

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Glad to read that no 'bad apples' will be brought into ITFC this summer but what is to happen with the few bad apples already on the payroll ?

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    Brian Betts

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Is Kev_b our poster from the past Kevin Bailey and is he writing anonymously just to annoy Tom ?

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    Brian Betts

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • I am confident those words did not come from the scouts, its just bad jounalism.

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    Cyril Baker

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Chopra, bad apple, surely not. Nah, he's not alone though is he, there's Lee Martin, Paul Taylor to name but three of them. Every club has them, the difference is none of ours are playing.

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    floridaboy1

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • The truth is bowman town are rotten to the core, so all the bad apples are already there!!!

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    ged scott

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • just read andy hunt CEO of BOA resigns,perhaps reason our CEO jumped?

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    david peters

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • Stable door closed after the horse has bolted comes to mind... almost as bad as the headline itself.... but come on we haven't had a stable and consistent team of regular ITFC owned players for several seasons

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    Blue and true since 1962

    Thursday, February 14, 2013

  • It makes me roar with laughter when towns so called fans only reply to realistic truthful comments just a few of us make on this town site is, we come off the "canary site" !!! Lets face the facts here if we were Norwich fans why come on this deadbeat site about town??? Norwich are doing fine in a safe position in the premier league whereas town are struggling to stave off relegation in the no-hopers league just realise whats the truth fans!!!

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    ged scott

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • you don't say .. DOH !!! what an article !! no penguins in the buttermarket either ..

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    IAN ROBERTS

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • YES , BUT WILL THIS OWNER PAY ???

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    MIGUEL100

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • I find this article slightly disturbing - going into pubs & trying to pick up gossip is one thing - but are we seriously meant to believe that the police would break the law by disclosing inside information on citizens to football clubs ??? Silly me - just answered my own question !!!!

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    Old Timer

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Hello Ged Scott has emerged from the sewer - or is it Rob Steroo or the Ged Steroo that appears on the EDP posts?? More likely just someone from the Norwich based Archant office. Whichever, the taste left is just as bad as the apples referred to in the article. Possibly I am naive but I expect McCarthy and Connor to sort out the mess they inherited in the summer and start replacing with younger and better players. The only issue yet undecided is in what division they will be playing.

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    SussexTractorBoy

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Funny how so many deluded so called 'supporters' of Offshore Investment FC seem to read about Norwich in the Eastern Daily Press. MInd you given mind-numbing drivel like this filler to read I suppose Norwich will look more attractive to the likes of SussesTractorBoy and other immature 'supporters' who believe this sort of tosh when they should be laughing out loud. I suppose three salient questions that could be asked are what are this expert trio doing differently now they are at a strapped for cash club like Ipswich, why would ambitious footballers, let lone bad apples join such a hilariously mis-run, stagnating club - and why, given their alleged expertise are Wolves in an even bigger hole than Offshore Investment FC?

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    Rob Steroo

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • So who asked around about Chopra?

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    JOHN BURLS

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • I think these two are the right kind of men to take Town forward. We have wasted too much dosh on journeymen and wasters before so it is refreshing to read these comments.

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    FRANK WESTON

    Wednesday, February 13, 2013

  • Archant biased - never! take a look at there new Trilleaters Tellie http:www.mustardtv.co.ukchannelssport

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    martyn elmy

    Friday, February 15, 2013

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