Further backroom casualties expected at Ipswich Town
RESERVE team manager Chris Kiwomya and fitness coach Simon Thadani are believed to be in danger of losing their backroom staff jobs with Ipswich Town
James Hollman failed to put in an appearance in Saturday’s 4-2 Championship defeat at Leicester to confirm his departure as goalkeeping coach after being appointed by Jim Magilton and surviving the Roy Keane era.
Town boss Paul Jewell confirmed last week that he was going to make changes to his staff –‘from senior to junior’ – as he looks to put the club on the right footing to improve on yet enough mid-table campaign.
Kiwomya and Thadani could follow Hollman out of the door with statements expected from Portman Road during this week.
“I’d rather not comment on James Hollman,” said Jewell.
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On the playing side keeper Brian Murphy has already packed his bags and left believing his future will be best served away from Ipswich where he did not play a first team game – and only sat on the bench once – under Jewell.
He turned down the offer of a new deal to replace the one that ends on June 30, but Colin Healy and Arran Lee-Barrett have decided to sign new deals.
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“Colin and Arran are staying,” said Jewell. “Brian Murphy has turned down the offer we made him and that’s his choice.
“We wish him well for the future.”
Jewell fears that Jimmy Bullard will have no future at Portman Road, and this did not help his humour at the weekend.
“Jimmy’s knee flared up again after training on Thursday so he missed Saturday’s game,” added Jewell.
“He has a history of knee problems. If Jimmy can play he plays, but he just wasn’t fit.
“I spoke with Hull executive Adam Pearson last week about trying to do something, but I think there are a few clubs in for Jimmy, maybe Premier League teams.
“We certainly want to be in there fighting, trying to do another deal with our owner to be congratulated on getting Jimmy here for this season.”
Next season is a key one for Jewell who got both Bradford City and Wigan Athletic promoted, but was considered a failure with both Sheffield Wednesday and Derby County.
Gareth McAuley’s future is still to be sorted with talks continuing this week on whether he joins David Norris and Murphy in leaving Portman Road on a free.
The manager said: “Gareth (McAuley) it’s looking less and less likely that he will sign.
“The games have run out and I have to say that Gareth and Chuck (Norris) have handled themselves tremendously well.
“Whether they will stay I really don’t know, but we have left ourselves open to that.”