Foley passes up chance of Premier League job

IPSWICH TOWN: Steve Foley has turned down the chance to become Spanish scout for a top Premier League club.

The coach, who officially left the Portman Road staff on Monday, is instead getting his visa and other documents completed so that he can take up the post of assistant manager to Paul Dalglish at Tampa Row Rowdies in Florida USA.

“I had a chance to live and work in Spain, but I want to carry on coaching,” said 56-year-old Foley.

“I can’t wait to get started in the States and I’m looking forward to it immensely.

“It will be an exciting new challenge in my footballing life.

“I was in for the Colchester United job, but moving out to Florida was always likely to be my main option.”

Foley is spending a week watching coaching sessions mainly at youth level at Spanish giants Valencia over the next week.

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“I have a place over there and have built up links with the club,” added Foley, whose relationship with Valencia led to Ipswich Town forging a bond with the top flight Spanish club.

Ipswich have again been linked with Carlisle United defender Ian Harte, who is also reported to be interesting QPR and Watford.

Harte, who was signed by Town manager Roy Keane while he was in charge of Sunderland, scored 18 goals playing mainly as a central defender last season.

He has one more year of his contract to run with Carlisle, but is set to move on if an acceptable offer comes in.

He made his name as a left back, and this is one of the positions that Keane is looking to bolster in his squad before next season begins.

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