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‘I can’t wait to get started’ - Dyer to coach Town U23s alongside legends Butcher and Dozzell

Kieron Dyer has revealed he's going to start work as Ipswich Town's new U23 coach this week.  Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

Kieron Dyer has revealed he's going to start work as Ipswich Town's new U23 coach this week. Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN

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Kieron Dyer is to start work as the lead coach of Ipswich Town’s U23 side later this week, backed by club legends Terry Butcher and Jason Dozzell.

Kieron Dye served as one of Town's U18 coaches until last yearr Picture: ROSS HALLSKieron Dye served as one of Town's U18 coaches until last yearr Picture: ROSS HALLS

Dyer, a product of the Town academy who played more than 100 times for the Blues before a big money move to Newcastle United and a lengthy career in the Premier League, rejoined the club in 2014 to school youngsters, before leaving his role as under-18 coach last year, saying he wanted to ‘progress my career.’

But, while working as a Sky Sports pundit yesterday, the 41-year-old revealed that he’s accepted a new role with the club’s under 23s.

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He said: “I start officially on Thursday, doing the Ipswich under 23s. I’m looking forward to it, got a good history wth the football club and there’s a good youth system.

Kieron Dyer in action for the Blues against Bradford City in 1998Kieron Dyer in action for the Blues against Bradford City in 1998

“We’re in (Academy) category 2, but the way we survive as a club is getting the youngsters through and selling them on for money.

“That’s what happened with me and a lot of players - Darren Bent, Titus Bramble, Darren Ambrose, Jason Dozzell, who’s got a younger son Andre who could be worth a few quid, so we’ve got some talented kids.”

Dyer will be assisted by Butcher, Dozzell, Bryan Klug and Lee O’Neill.

He told the club website: “I’ve been away from the club for about 18 months developing my education.

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“Tactically I feel like I have a better understanding of the game so when this opportunity came along I wanted to take it.

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“There are some very talented young players here and I’m looking forward to helping them on their journey.

Terry Butcher will help coach Town's U23sTerry Butcher will help coach Town's U23s

“This club has always produced good footballers from the Academy so we’ll be looking to continue that - I can’t wait to get started.”

“Obviously we are delighted that Kieron is back at the club,” said O’Neill, Town’s general manager of football operations.

“We know what Ipswich Town means to him and he has a lot of knowledge and experience that we feel can benefit the development of our young players here.

“Kieron will be lead coach for the 23s, with Terry and Jason working with him as well as Adem (Atay), Bryan (Klug) and myself so we have that continuation from U18 to 23s. It will be a team effort.”

Jason Dozzell will also be part of Town's U23 coaching set-upJason Dozzell will also be part of Town's U23 coaching set-up

Gerard Nash, who was leading the 23s, will now take up a new role focused around the first-team.

“Gerard will be freed up now to do analysis on the opposition for the first-team as well as watching the progress of our players out on loan,” added O’Neill. “He will also be involved with the coaching at PDP level.”


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