Blues duo on Spanish coaching mission

IPSWICH Town first team coach Bryan Klug and technical skills coach Steve Foley have been scouting in Spain “to keep the current squad on their toes”.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town first team coach Bryan Klug and technical skills coach Steve Foley have been scouting in Spain “to keep the current squad on their toes”.

In total they watched four games at differing levels over the last few days with Foley confirming today that they had a wide brief.

“We were not just looking at players for certain positions,” he said. “We were taking advantage of the international break to do some research with the opening of the January transfer window in mind.

“Top clubs like Manchester United are constantly bringing in newcomers, and although our current squad is much more talented than it was 12 months ago you have to keep them on their toes.”

Foley has long-time links with Valencia CF and has a flat in the city, and it is believed that Sunday's match between Levante and Girona was one of the games he witnessed along with Klug.

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Foley has spent time monitoring training methods at Valencia and he confirmed during the summer that he was hoping to improve Ipswich Town links with the top division club.

Blues fitness coach Simon Thadani also spent time with Valencia studying their sports science methods, with Foley adding: “There was the opportunity to have a look at players in Spain and we took it, and we have made our reports.”

Ipswich international scout Simon Hunt has also spent time in Spain this season and this could well be a source of new recruits to boslter manager Jim Magilton's squad in January.

Foley is under no illusions that results need to improve after a disappointing start to this campaign.

But he expressed his faith in Magilton moving the Blues up the table, and said that Town fans are fortunate to have a man at the helm with so much devotion to the club.

“Jim loves Ipswich Town and they suit each other,” stressed Foley.

“I have worked under 20 managers in my playing and coaching time and Jim is in the top lot.

“He has improved positions in his first two seasons, and I am confident that he will do so again this season.

“But we do need to start getting results and to gel better than we have so far this term.

“With the owner that we now have we have a better chance of success, but whatever position a club is in you want to win every game regardless. Any pressure is put on by yourself.”