Former Ipswich striker Shefki Kuqi dreams of being the Tractor Boys’ boss, according to the East Anglian Daily Times.

A man who brought success to Portman Road as a player, 40-year-old Kuqi now wants to make success return to Suffolk by being the Town boss.

Kuqi experienced three spells with the Tractor Boys during his 21-year career. His first experience of playing for the Suffolk side came in 2003 when Kuqi was dispatched to Portman Road with a loan switch.

The Yugoslavian-born front-man made his loan move permanent in November 2003, instantly impressing Town fans by rejecting late interest from Ipswich’s local rivals Norwich City.

It proved to be a short second spell with the Club though, as at the end of the 2004-05 season, despite being the Tractor Boys’ top-scorer, he rejected a new contract.

His rejected contract offer paved the way for Kuqi to take a step-up into the Premier League with Blackburn Rovers.

Less than three years later Kuqi returned to Portman Road for his third spell – his second spell on-loan. Kuqi made his return to Suffolk in order to replace the injured Jonathan Walters, however the former Crystal Place front-man was unable to reproduce the form that made the Town supporters adore him.

Since his trio of appearances of Town, Kuqi has since entered management. The former Finland international started with a return to his home country to manage FC Honka, before moving on to manage PK-35 Vantaa.

Most recently, though, Yuki has been managing FC Inter Turku.

In an interview with the East Anglian Daily Times, Yuki said: “Ipswich is always there. You always dream, but one day I dream to get that chance to come back and manage Ipswich.

“That place, even the people nothing to do with the Club, has always been very nice to me. I follow all the games, everything that happens and it’s been a bit disappointing to see them struggle.”


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