Kiwomya now back in Town

CHRIS Kiwomya is looking to bring in some of Arsene Wenger's expertise to Ipswich Town after being handed the reserve team manager's job at Portman Road.

Derek Davis

CHRIS Kiwomya is looking to bring in some of Arsene Wenger's expertise to Ipswich Town after being handed the reserve team manager's job at Portman Road.

The 38-year-old coach has stepped up from Arsenal's Academy, where he was considered a rising star, to take over the helm at Town's second string and also work closely with the senior academy players.

Kiwomya landed the job, officially titled reserve team development coach, after Steve Greaves left, and in the face of competition from the likes of Fabian Wilnis.


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After making 259 first appearances and scoring 64 goals and helping the Blues to the Premier League in 1992, Kiwomya returns to a very different Portman Road 13 years after leaving for Highbury.

Kiwomya said: “It's a great opportunity for me and I think it's a good time for me to be coming back here as well because Ipswich are on the verge of great things.

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After a not-so-great stint as a player at Arsenal, initially under George Graham, Kiwomya played in France and Malaysia before enjoying a stint at QPR and ended his playing career at Aalborg in Denmark.

Town boss Jim Magilton believes his fresh approach and tips from Arsene Wenger and Liam Brady at Arsenal will benefit the Blues while at the same time not betraying the Ipswich way.

He said: “He has worked at Arsenal, which is a good name on your CV, and I know he has inherited ideas from there.

Kiwomya will be joined in Magilton's backroom staff by goalkeeping coach James Hollman who is today due to be officially unveiled as Andy Rhodes' replacement.

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