Hollman set to be confirmed as coach

IPSWICH Town are set to confirm the appointment of James Hollman, 30, as their new goalkeeping coach.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town are set to confirm the appointment of James Hollman, 30, as their new goalkeeping coach.

And he could well be working with his former rival for a youth team place at Portman Road - Richard Wright.

Former England goalkeeper Wright, 30, is believed to have had talks with his West Ham manager Alan Curbishley over the weekend.

He is keen to become a number one again, and a move back to Ipswich would suit his plans. He is now living back in the town and only a last minute hitch led to him joining the Hammers from Everton 12 months when he was ready to put pen to paper and join manager Jim Magilton at Portman Road.

Wright is understood to have been on a goalkeeping course last week with Malcolm Webster, who was the main rival to Hollman to replace Andy Rhodes at Portman Road.

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It looks as though Hollman has beaten Webster, 57, to the job and ironically it was the latter who took Hollman on to the books at Norwich City in his first professional job.

Hollman went on to take Webster's role as number one goalkeeping coach at Carrow Road under Nigel Worthington, and he was at Norwich for seven years working with the likes of Robert Green and Joe Lewis until he departed last Christmas.

Webster was coach at Ipswich under George Burley and is currently working with Southampton where Wright enjoyed a successful loan spell at the end of last season.

Felixstowe-raised Hollman's appointment is due to be rubber stamped today when Jai Reason and Paul Murphy will sign their first professional contracts after coming through the Ipswich Academy.

Jordan Rhodes (three years), Chris Casement and Dean Bowditch (both one year) are also due to put pen to paper on new deals today

With Magilton back at the club after the successful training week at Loughborough University last week, there is expected to be activity on the transfer front with Wright's move a possibility now that Curbishley has been put in the picture.