Coaching job would be a dream come true

JAMES Hollman today confirmed that he has been interviewed for the vacant Ipswich Town goalkeeping coach position.

Elvin King

JAMES Hollman today confirmed that he has been interviewed for the vacant Ipswich Town goalkeeping coach position.

And the 30-year-old former Blues' youth team and reserve keeper said: “I am hungry for success and, to achieve that at a club I support, would be a dream.”

The Canterbury-born coach, who was brought up in Felixstowe, is keeping his fingers crossed that he gets the coveted job at Portman Road.

Malcolm Webster is also in the running to replace Rhodes, having told the Evening Star earlier this week that he would be 'very interested' in leaving Southampton to move back to Ipswich if the opportunity arose.

Magilton, who has also conducted other interviews, says that an appointment will be announced soon, and this is expected by early next week.

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Hollman and Webster are the front runners, with the former well known to coaches Bryan Klug and Steve Foley from his previous time at both Ipswich and Norwich.

Hollman was in the same year as Richard Wright during his early times on Town's books, although he did not make a first-team appearance.

Hollman moved on to play for King's Lynn under ex-Town midfielder Peter Morris in the Dr Martens Premier League before moving to Norwich City as goalkeeping coach - a post he held for seven years until last December.

He was instrumental in the progress of Robert Green and Joe Lewis at Carrow Road, with Green going on to gain full England caps and Lewis - now with Peterborough - called into the England senior squad earlier this year.

“I had an Ipswich interview two weeks ago and am keeping my fingers crossed,” added Hollman, who was on the bench for Needham Market during their FA Vase run last season and is currently coaching at the Whitton-based PASE scheme.

Hollman went on: “My record speaks for itself, I believe. Richard was always a year above me at Ipswich despite us being the same age. From a young age he has always been an outstanding keeper.”

Wright is believed to be Magilton's number one target as he looks to bring in an experienced goalkeeper for the planned push for promotion this campaign.

Hollman worked at the Town Academy under Klug, spending four years with the Blues' young keepers, including Lewis Price.

It was in 2000 that current Town head of education Sammy Morgan approached Hollman to coach at the Norwich Academy, which led to him working with the first team.

Town have been linked with a fresh move for Crewe's 21-year-old striker Nicky Maynard. But this is not the case. The Blues did make an enquiry to the League One club but Jim Magilton's valuation of the front man did not meet that of the Crewe management. No further contact has been made.

IPSWICH Wanderers left-back Curtis Haynes-Brown, who was once on Colchester United's books, is due to spend a week on trial with Ipswich Town.