Steve Foley confirms talks have begun over academy coaching role

NEW Ipswich Town academy head Bryan Klug has wasted little time in outlining who he wants to spearhead the club’s fresh commitment to youth development.

One of his first calls was to former Town coach Steve Foley who worked under Klug during his four years as part of Jim Magilton and Roy Keane’s coaching staff.

Foley revealed: “We are in talks but nothing has been decided yet. Ipswich is a club very dear to my heart and it is nice to be asked by Bryan to come back.

“What Bryan did before and with the history of the club when it comes to youth players, I would love to help if I can.”

One sticking point could be the fact Foley signed up as coach at Ryman League Premier Division newcomers Leiston just two months ago before getting the phone call out of the blue from Klug.

Highly-respected Foley was named coach of the year while with Norwich City between spells at Colchester United, Watford and Ipswich.

He left the Blues in 2010 when Roy Keane changed his backroom staff but continued to work locally with Brantham Athletic, Needham Market and also spent time with Tottenham’s youth team.

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Suffolk boy and former Town star James Scowcroft is also believed to have been approached by Klug who will speak with Paul Jewell when he returns from the club’s tour of the Netherlands tomorrow.