Youth coach Hall made redundant

IPSWICH Town Under-18s coach Richard Hall is set to leave the club after another set of redundancies at Portman Road.

Derek Davis

IPSWICH Town Under-18s coach Richard Hall is set to leave the club after another set of redundancies at Portman Road.

Sean Thacker, the former Ipswich Town Ladies coach has also left the staff from his part-time role after declining an opportunity to reapply for a position at the club.

It is understood Hall and Thacker were among four coaches asked to apply for two coaching roles with Chris Kiwomya and Gerard Nash the two who kept their jobs.

Hall joined the Blues coaching staff in 1999 after being forced to cut short his promising playing career through injury.

The Ipswich-born defender carved out a reputation at Southampton, where he played and became pals with Jim Magilton, and won 11 England Under-21 caps scoring twice.

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He was signed by West Ham for �1.4m in 1996 but played just eight games before being forced to retire.

The cut backs are part of a wider operation at the Playford Road training centre where Tony Humes recently left his post as academy manager which was then filled by Sammy Morgan.

Bryan Klug was replaced as Jim Magilton's number two over the Christmas period with John Gorman coming in as assistant manager. Klug has been given another role at the club.

Around 15 jobs have been lost over the past year at the club with mainly administration and ground staff leaving the Marcus Evans group - owned subsidiary.

Meanwhile, THG Worldwide North America CEO Jon Stromberg has announced his company has expanded its corporate hospitality and entertainment offerings through the company's affiliation Ipswich Town and Ken McReddie Associates, an agency that represents actors and produces entertainment events in the United Kingdom.

Stromberg said: “We're very excited about the opportunities both of these acquisitions offer THG and our clients “They offer us unprecedented potential for very creative and compelling ways to create corporate events and hospitality offerings for our clients.”

In a press release sent out in America this week, Stromberg says THG is offering hospitality options in conjunction with the Ipswich team that provide access to match tickets, exclusive team training sessions, players and management, VIP hospitality at matches, and exclusive club information and signed merchandise.