Martyn Pert set to be part of Town's new coaching set-up
- Credit: PA
Manchester United coach Martyn Pert is set to follow Kieran McKenna to Ipswich Town.
The Blues are in advanced talks to make McKenna the club's 19th permanent manager ahead of Saturday's home clash with Sunderland.
And it's been widely reported that the 35-year-old, who rose through the ranks at Old Trafford to become part of both Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's inner circle, will bring strength and conditioning expert Martyn Pert with him.
Pert, 43, was a youth team player at Norwich. After failing to make it as a player he then trained to be an accountant at Loughborough.
Deciding to pursue a career in football, he wrote to clubs across Europe and was invited by Brondby, Ajax, Heerenveen, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and AC Milan to study their drills.
He subsequently worked alongside Aidy Boothroyd at West Brom, Watford and Coventry, current Town chief executive Mark Ashton having been the man to appoint Boothroyd at Vicarage Road.
During a gap in employment, Pert spent three months shadowing renowned strength and conditioning coach Bill Foran at NBA club Miami Heat at a time when the legendary Shaquille O'Neal awas playing for them.
Assistant manager roles followed at Vancouver Whitecaps, Bahrain and Cardiff City before he joined United.
He can speak fluent Portuguese and is known to have spent time picking the brains of Leeds manager Marcelo Bielsa.
- 1 New cafe toasts successful first week
- 2 Thatch roof of cottage 'fully alight' in village near Needham Market
- 3 Patrols 'throughout the night' following dispersal order in Suffolk town
- 4 Young driver crashes car just a week after passing
- 5 New state-of-the-art army attack helicopters undergo testing in Suffolk
- 6 Police warning after Suffolk driver speeds at 126mph
- 7 'Versatile, hungry, athletic and technical' - McKenna on new signing Bakinson
- 8 Harper and El Mizouni made available for loan
- 9 'Dream come true': Excitement as new salon opens in Woodbridge
- 10 Bakinson's the 'mini Pogba' who has been a big hit on loan before and will now look to prove the doubters wrong