Mark Kennedy set to hang up his boots and become an Ipswich Town coach

IPSWICH Town boss Paul Jewell has revealed that versatile veteran Mark Kennedy has become a player-coach and is likely to retire in the summer.

The 35-year-old has struggled with injuries during his time at Portman Road and has not played since November.

“Mark’s got good potential to be a coach and has good knowledge of the game,” Jewell told the BBC.

“We have brought him to our side and hopefully in the summer he can do coaching full-time. He’s a player-coach as such and this gives him a head start.”

Kennedy joined Town from Cardiff in July 2010 and has gone on to feature 37 times for the Championship club.

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Jewell says the former Republic of Ireland international is likely to call an end to a career that has taken in 466 league games, including spells at Liverpool, Manchester City and Wolves.

“I think that’s probably going to happen,” said Jewell.

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“I don’t think player-coaches work. I actually think it’s an impossible situation for a player.

“We’re just giving him an insight into it with a view to making it permanent in the summer.

“Hopefully the younger players coming through he can help with his experience.”

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