New role for Klug

BRYAN Klug has been handed a new role and title in the wake of John Gorman's arrival, it can be revealed today.

Derek Davis

BRYAN Klug has been handed a new role and title in the wake of John Gorman's arrival, it can be revealed today.

Klug has been made head of football development and is no longer first team coach to manager Jim Magilton.

The duo were originally given the job to manage Ipswich Town together after Joe Royle left in 2005 but Klug no longer has any match-day input with the first team since Gorman was named as Magilton's number two and has been away scouting while the Blues have been playing.

A popular figure at Portman Road and a highly respected coach, Klug who has been at the club as a coach since 1987, was head of the productive Town academy until being given the role assisting Magilton by the board under chairman David Sheepshanks.

He now has broad brief to oversee coaching throughout the club

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In a statement released through the club Klug said: “This move is right for me and for the club. Jim has brought John Gorman into support him as Assistant manager and I am delighted to be able to work with them and others to help achieve the aim of everyone at Portman Road - namely promotion to the Premiership.

“I am excited by the new job brief which will help further build the link between the first team squad and the academy.

“As part of my role, I will be responsible for providing a clear plan for developing the potential of all players who join this club, whether they be first-team professionals or young players at the start of their career.”

The move is considered part of a number of changes within the academy with more movement of personnel expected in the neat future, which could lead to job losses.

Town chief executive Derek Bowden said; “The decision to create this important role has come at the end of an extensive evaluation of the football side of the club by the senior management.

“Bryan's role will mean he will oversee coaching development; scouting and fitness from first team right down to the moment young players are invited to join Ipswich Town.”

Magilton said: “It is well known that Bryan is considered to be one of the most respected development coaches in British football. I believe this new role will see all players benefit from the professional individual support system that he will introduce.”

Steve Foley remains technical skills director.