Ipswich Town academy manager Sammy Morgan steps down

SAMMY Morgan is stepping down from his role as Ipswich Town academy manager – ending an eight-year involvement at the club.

Morgan today spoke of his pride after announcing he would be relinquishing his role at Portman Road at the end of the month.

In a statement, he said: I have been proud and privileged to have led the Academy over recent years, but the introduction of EPPP (Elite Player Performance Plan) is an opportune moment to hand over the reins and responsibilities.

“With the knowledge and experience I have gained over the years I look forward to continuing my involvement in the game. I am extremely proud of my association with Ipswich Town and my contribution to the academy.

“I look forward to following their fortunes in the future particularly with reference to those young players who have come through or who are presently in the academy system.”

Morgan started at Ipswich as head of education before stepping up to academy manager in 2009.

Chief executive Simon Clegg said: “I’d like to thank Sammy Morgan for his huge contribution to our academy over the last eight years.

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“Over this time he has been responsible for developing a number of high profile players, including Connor Wickham and I know that many are extremely grateful for his support and guidance.

“On behalf of everyone at the club I would like to wish him well for new challenges that may lie ahead.”

Morgan’s departure will increase speculation that former academy head and one-time assistant manager Bryan Klug will return to the club.