Charlton Athletic midfielder set for move?

Ipswich Town manager Jim Magilton has revealed that he would welcome a return to Portman Road for his former team-mate Darren Ambrose. Magilton said that Darren Ambrose – who is out of contract in the summer – is ‘on a list of players’ that he would like to bring to the club.

The Tractor Boys boss believes that Darren Ambrose is a ‘very good player’ who has the ability to be a ‘match-winner’ for any team that he plays for. Jim Magilton also believes that Darren Ambrose left the club ‘too soon’ after starting his career with Ipswich Town.

Big things were expected of Darren Ambrose when he joined Newcastle United in March 2003 for £1m. However, things have never quite worked out for the 24-year-old. He only made 18 Premier League starts in over two years at St James’ Park and it was no surprise when Charlton Athletic signed him in the summer of 2005.

Darren Ambrose has had his fair share of injury problems at the Valley and even though he is currently part of Alan Pardew plans, perhaps he would welcome a fresh start at the club where it all began.

The ironic thing about Jim Magilton’s expression of interest in the player is that Darren Ambrose is likely to line up against Ipswich Town tonight when Charlton visit Portman Road. It seems that Jim Magilton will get a glimpse at the player that he would like to see back in East Anglia.

If the move does materialise at some point in the future, Darren Ambrose will join Pablo Counago, Tommy Miller and Richard Wright as players that have returned to Ipswich after previously leaving the club.

As for Ipswich’s overall situation, they currently sit 13th in the Championship after a rather inconsistent start to the season. The football odds expect them to push for the play-offs and they will be hoping that the recent victory against Plymouth can be the start of a good run for them. Whether Darren Ambrose will be part of this promotion push come January, remains to be seen.

West Brom keep promotion dream alive

West Brom managed to keep the pressure on Watford, Stoke and Bristol City in the Coca-Cola League Championship race for promotion with a 1-1 draw with Charlton at The Valley in south London, tonight.

Greg Halford scored the opening goal for Charlton when he headed in Darren Ambrose’s free-kick past former Charlton goalkeepr, Dean Kiely.

West Brom drew level minutes before half-time when leading scoring Kevin Phillips smashed home his 21st goal of the season from close range.  And they came close to taking all three points when Zoltan Gera struck the bar with a volley in the closing moments.

West Brom and Watford both have a game in hand over Bristol City and Stoke.  If both teams win the game in hand, the top of the Coca-Cola Champioship will be tighter than ever before, with Stoke, Bristol City and Watford all on 67 points and West Brom on 66 points. Championship promotion betting is starting to get really interesting!

Bring it on.

Coca-Cola Championship Round Up

Bristol City extend their lead at the top of the Coca-Cola Football League Championship table with a 2-1 win over Hull City.

Bristol City are now two points clear of Stoke City, with a game in hand.

Stoke lost 3-0 at QPR, and were already 2-0 down when referee Andy D’Urso sent off Andy Griffin in the 44th minute. Stoke claim D’Urso has admitted the red card was a mistake.

Watford, West Brom and Charlton were the pre-season favourites to be battling it out for automatic promotion. As it stands, they are jostling for play-off places.

Watford lost further ground on the leaders as they could only manage a 2-2 draw at Burnley, while West Brom beat Plymouth with a convincing 3-0 win over Plymouth. And Charlton scored late goals in both halves to win at Sheffield United 2-0.

Before Christmas most pundits were talking down Bristol City as serious contenders for the Championship title, though all agreed they play very attractive ball-to-feet football. But now Christmas has gone and we are in the home straight, and Bristol City are still looking strong.

Can anyone remember the championship odds at the beginning of the season for Bristol City to win the Championship title?