Coach's exit could pave way for McGreal

IPSWICH Town have parted company with assistant academy manager Steve Greaves.Although the club are not confirming or denying reports, it is believed that Greaves has already ceased working at the Blues training ground.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town have parted company with assistant academy manager Steve Greaves.

Although the club are not confirming or denying reports, it is believed that Greaves has already ceased working at the Blues training ground.

The 38-year-old's exit appears to be part of a backroom re-shuffle by manager Jim Magilton with goalkeeping coach Andy Rhodes having left last month through mutual consent.

Greaves, who was on Town's books during his playing days without making a first team appearance, assisted academy manager Tony Humes and also helped run the reserve team.

Former Town defender John McGreal, who has moved back to the area and has recently gained his coaching badges, could be in line to join the Blues coaching staff.

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Magilton, who parted company with physio Dave Williams, masseur Roy Rowe and kit man Paul Elmer last season, is not afraid to make difficult decisions that he feels will help the club.

But he does not make them lightly, as he looks to build a platform to gain promotion to the Premier League.

Greaves, who also played for Fulham, Preston and Scunthorpe as well as Sudbury, worked mainly with the Under-18's but was also on the bench at reserve team matches.

Magilton is not the only manager making changes behind the scenes with Glenn Roeder at Norwich City clearing the decks of most of his backroom staff this summer.

McGreal is not the only ex-Town player in the frame to join the coaching staff - a position that would suit Fabian Wilnis if the Dutchman decides that he does not want to extend his playing career by one more season.

Magilton is believed to have a shortlist of two or three names as he looks to replace Rhodes. A decision is expected some time this week with James Hollman, Malcolm Webster and Nick Colgan among the fancied contenders.

The Blues head for Loughborough University today with Shane Supple the only keeper in the party.

With the focus on fitness work, psychology work and team bonding (cricket games etc) there is no urgency to recruit a new goalkeeper coach until the players report back to the Playford Road training ground next Monday.