Pollitt tipped to become new Town coach

WIGAN Athletic’s Mike Pollitt is being tipped to become the new Ipswich Town goalkeeping coach.

The 39-year-old could also be used in an emergency capacity between the posts next season with manager Paul Jewell confirming that he will be happy to go with two keepers.

James Hollman is understood to have left Portman Road after being goalkeeping coach for four years following his appointment by Jim Magilton to replace Andy Rhodes.

Hollman, who worked throughout the Roy Keane era with the Blues, was not at Saturday’s final game of the season at Leicester City.

Pollitt began his career as a trainee with Manchester United and was signed by Notts County, Sunderland and Rotherham where he made 175 league appearances before signing for Wigan in June 2005 for �200,000 when Jewell was boss at the JB Stadium.

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He has had a number of loan clubs including one game for Town when they beat Norwich in November 2006 when he kept a clean sheet.

His last loan period was to Burnley in January 2007 and since then he has mainly been sitting on the Wigan bench or been acting as number three.

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Gary Walsh the former Manchester United, Middlesbrough and Bradford City keeper was goalkeeping coach at Jewell’s previous job at Derby County, but he is now working at Hartlepool and with four children appears settled in the north east.

Malcolm Webster worked at Ipswich under the management of George Burley and Joe Royle and he would be available having left his position at Crystal Palace following Burley’s departure from Selhurst Park earlier this year.

Webster lives in Cambridgeshire and would surely be interested in the vacant post.

Physio Mark Endacott is leaving the Ipswich back room staff to pursue a new opening and is currently serving his three months notice.

Reserve team manager Chris Kiwomya and fitness coach Simon Thadani are reported to have left at the same time as Hollman.

Town youngster Josh Carson, who made a big impression when brought into the first team for the final weeks of last season, has been included in the Northern Ireland senior squad after already earning caps at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 levels.

The 17-year-old is in the party for the Carling Nations Cup games against the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday May 24 and Wales on Friday May 27, both at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin.

Carson is also included in the Northern Ireland Under-21 squad for their European Championship qualifier against the Faroe Islands on Tuesday May 31.

Ipswich played a behind closed doors Under-18 friendly against Arsenal at Portman Road yesterday afternoon with unused first team substitute Joe Whight in the home team.

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