Bryan Klug favourite to head up Ipswich Town academy

BRYAN Klug is in line for a sensational return to Ipswich Town.

We understand that the man who guided the Blues to FA Youth Cup success and oversaw the development of Kieron Dyer and Richard Wright is the leading candidate to replace Sammy Morgan who yesterday stepped down from his role as academy manager.

Klug, a former youth team player at Town, was named director of the club’s newly-formed academy in 1998 and headed up a rich conveyor belt of young talent in the following years – including James Scowcroft and Owen Garvan.

He was promoted to assistant manager under Jim Magilton in 2006 but was controversially sacked in January 2010 by Roy Keane.

Now Klug, who is currently working as head of player development at Tottenham Hotspur but who still lives in Suffolk, has been sounded out to make an emotional return to the club where he spent nearly 30 years as player and coach.

Morgan yesterday revealed he would be stepping down from Ipswich – ending an eight-year association at Portman Road.

He said: “I am extremely proud of my association with Ipswich Town and my contribution to the academy.”

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Morgan started at Ipswich as head of education before stepping up to academy manager in 2009 with Connor Wickham, Jordan Rhodes and Josh Carson among his most high-profile star pupils.