Klug excited by his new challenge

BRYAN Klug has quashed rumours that he was removed from his Ipswich Town first-team coach position against his will.

Elvin King

BRYAN Klug has quashed rumours that he was removed from his Ipswich Town first-team coach position against his will.

The long-serving Klug, who successfully ran the Blues' Academy for many years, became head of player development and scouting upon the arrival of John Gorman as assistant manager last December.

But Klug says that he is relishing his new role explaining: “Jim and I had been talking about a change in the structure at the club for a long while.

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“And we felt it was the right time to implement it, with John coming in.

“It's been a complete change and I'm still getting used to it but it's a fascinating challenge and one I'm enjoying.

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“I've done bits and pieces before in scouting and have been coaching players all my career but the position is a new direction for me.

“It means I am working at every level, from schoolboys to the most experienced first-team players, trying to ensure we get the absolute maximum out of them.

“It's about making sure we produce players and recruit players that can help take us to the next level.

“The way clubs go about finding and developing players have changed over the years, certainly at the big clubs and we're trying to make sure we can compete in that department.”

Town will depend on parent club Tottenham telling them whether Spurs loanee Giovani Dos Santos will be available for tomorrow's Coca-Cola Championship game at Sheffield United.

Ipswich physio Matt Byard said: “Giovani trained last Friday and Saturday but his groin was still niggling him a little bit.

“Mexico didn't want to risk him for their game this week, so he's back at Tottenham being assessed.

“If he's okay, we'd like to get him back training and take it from there, but it will be down to what Tottenham say.”

Full-back Moritz Volz is back in full training and could come into contention for tomorrow's game, with Byard saying: “Moritz's recovery has gone well and he has been back in full training this week.

“He is training and if there is no reaction it will be down to the manager whether he travels to Sheffield United.”

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