Football League Daily – Norris may leave Ipswich, Chris Powell praises his Charlton side
David Norris, Ipswich's nine-goal top scorer, yesterday revealed that contract talks between him and the club had stalled: “The contract talks are not going [well] at the moment. I had an initial offer two months ago, but it wasn't quite right for me. I was hoping for three years, but it was only two years, and I haven't heard one thing since. I'm settled here and I've never said that I want to leave. I haven't signed anything with anyone else, when I possibly could have.” Norris has been one of the shining lights in another season of mediocrity for the Tractor Boys; a bright start was soon overshadowed by a poor run of form, one that ultimately cost former boss Roy Keane his job. New manager Paul Jewell is reportedly keen to keep the 29 year-old midfielder, yet one suspects that the club will have to offer Norris the surety of a three year deal if they want to prevent him from leaving on a free transfer in the summer.
Preston boss Phil Brown has admitted that he faces a monumental struggle to keep his bottom-placed Preston side in the Championship. “It's a big job, a big challenge,” said the former Hull manager. “As I said when I first arrived, the sooner that first win comes the better. We've got a group of players that do get down when they lose a game but they got the draws against Middlesbrough and Leicester City and I was buoyed by the fact that they had a never-say-die attitude and a response to adversity but, on Saturday, that wasn't there.” Brown is no stranger to relegation battles; he spent the majority of last season attempting to stave off the threat of Premier League relegation before being sacked eleven months ago. Indeed, Brown will be hoping to benefit at the expense of his former club when he takes his Preston side to the KC Stadium on Saturday. Preston may be ten points off safety, but their two games in hand offer the basement dwellers a slim hope of salvation.
Charlton manager Chris Powell has, in contrast to Phil Brown, enjoyed a wonderful start at his new club. Their weekend victory at Yeovil was their third successive triumph, yet Powell has been quick to direct the praise that has been coming his way towards his players: “It's a fantastic start for us and I'm very happy with the displays from the boys. They have been tremendous since the day I was appointed. It's totally down to them. They are the ones who have to go out there and I've told them they have to fight for every ball whatever team we are playing, whether it's a team at the top or the bottom.” Charlton now sit fourth in the table, just six points behind second placed Bournemouth, with three big games in hand.