Goalkeeping coach Webster to retire at end of season
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Ipswich Town’s long-serving goalkeeping coach, Malcolm Webster, is to retire at the end of the season.
The 67-year-old, who played for Arsenal, Fulham, Southend and Cambridge, is hanging up his gloves at the end of the campaign having played a huge role in the development of goalkeepers across the country during his coaching career.
He helped guide Richard Wright while working under George Burley at Portman Road in the 1990s, before following the Scot to Derby, Hearts and Southampton ahead of a return to Portman Road as part of Paul Jewell’s coaching staff.
He also held coaching camps for professional and aspiring goalkeepers during the summers.
Ipswich Town’s current senior goalkeepers, Bartosz Bialkowski and Dean Gerken, have both thanked Webster for the support and guidance he has offered them.
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“Mally is one of the reasons I came to Ipswich. He sees things that other coaches don’t see,” Bialkowski said.
“He has played a massive part in my career and I can’t thank him enough.”
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Gerken added: “I’m glad he’s hopefully getting the retirement he deserves and moving onto pastures new but he’ll be a big loss to the Club.
“He is the best I have worked with by a country mile. He won’t just be a loss to Ipswich Town but to football in general.
“There isn’t a goalie in any of the English leagues that he doesn’t know about - his knowledge is so vast.”