Fitness coach Liddell to depart after turning down new contract

Andy Liddell, pictured with Flynn Downes, is leaving Ipswich Town.

Andy Liddell, pictured with Flynn Downes, is leaving Ipswich Town.

Ipswich Town fitness coach Andy Liddell will leave the club when his contract ends later this month.

Liddell worked under Paul Jewell and Mick McCarthy at Portman Road.

Liddell worked under Paul Jewell and Mick McCarthy at Portman Road. - Credit: Lucy Taylor

Liddell, a former caretaker manager of Rotherham who worked under Paul Jewell and then Mick McCarthy after arriving in Suffolk in 2011, was offered a new deal but has opted to look for a new challenge elsewhere.

He is the latest member of Town’s backroom team to depart with former manager Mick McCarthy and assistant Terry Connor leaving in April, and long-serving goalkeeping coach Malcolm Webster retiring.

“I’ve been at Ipswich seven years and that is a long time to be at one club in football,” he told the club website.

“It’s been a big part of my life, not just for me but for my family as well. My son Jack was born here.

“I have loved every minute of working alongside the staff at the Club, from the chef, to the girls in the office, the players and obviously the managers I have worked under as well.

“I’ve learnt so much from Paul and Mick. It was a great experience for me. They are terrific blokes as well.

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“It’s going to be strange not going back to the Club for pre-season and I’ll miss everyone there and I’d like to wish Ipswich all the best going forward.”

Managing director Ian Mile said: “On behalf of the Club I’d like to thank Andy for his considerable contribution to Ipswich Town over the last seven years and would like to wish him the best of luck in whatever he does in the future.”