Dundalk sporting director Jim Magilton has ruled out a possible return to management with Ipswich Town.

Having played for the Tractor Boys between 1999 and 2006, the former Northern Irish international later went on to manage the Portman Road outfit from June 2006 until April 2009 when he was replaced by Roy Keane.

He remains a hugely popular figure amongst Ipswich supporters with many calling for him to be re-appointed in the wake of Paul Lambert’s sacking by the League One side on Sunday.

However, speaking to The Argus on Monday morning, Magilton – who was only appointed to his current role at Oriel Park in December – said he remained focused on his job at Oriel Park.

Asked had he had any contact from the Suffolk outfit, he said: “No, it’s madness.

“There has been a lot of Twitter noise. I’m never happy when a manager loses his job and Paul Lambert is a good guy. Being in that manager’s union, it’s always a very sad day.

“The club are looking for change now. That’s exciting and positive but I’m always very thoughtful that there is now a manager out of work. It’s a great club. I had a great 10 or 11 years at the club. It’s a fantastic club but they have moved on and I’ve moved on,” he said.

UPDATE: Former Sligo Rovers manager Paul Cook has since been installed as Lambert’s replacement at Ipswich.