A look at the backroom staff here at Ipswich Town FC
Current manager of Ipswich Town who arrived at Portman Road in November 2012, replacing previous boss Paul Jewell. Mick is vastly experienced in the game after taking in successful spells in charge of Millwall, Sunderland and Wolves, leading the latter two into the Premier League as Championship winners. The Republic of Ireland international has also had a spell as manager of his country, helping the Green Army qualify for the World Cup where they were narrowly beaten on penalties by Spain in the knockout stages. Recently agreed a new contract at Portman Road to keep him at Town until 2018, along with assistant, Terry Connor.
Right-hand man to Mick McCarthy who arrived at the Club on the same day as Mick. Worked alongside the current Town boss at Wolves, before then taking over at Molinuex as manager following Mick's departure until the end of the season. Was unable to prevent the Midlanders from dropping out of the Premier League but remained on the coaching staff at Wolves, before departing shortly after the following season began. Linked up with Mick again at Portman Road in November 2012 and has established himself as a popular figure with both the players, staff and fans-alike.
Director of Football
Trusted aide to boss Mick McCarthy, having worked with the Town boss at Sunderland and Wolves in the past. Dave, who worked as a chief scout for Mick previously, will again work closely with the scouting system currently in place at Town and oversee operations on that front.
No stranger to life at Portman Road, having worked under former Town bosses George Burley and Joe Royle. Malcolm returned to the Club two seasons ago and is solely responsible for the training of the Town 'keepers. A well respected figure in the game, Malcolm has also had coaching spells at Derby, Southampton, Crystal Palace and Hearts amongst others.
Former midfielder for Barnsley (who he helped win promotion to the Premier League), Wigan, Sheffield United, Oldham and Rotherham, before hanging up his boots in 2010. Lidds previously played under Paul Jewell at Wigan and the former Town boss wasted little time in recruiting Andy as Blues' fitness coach. Andy is responsible for ensuring that the Town squad maintain their peak fitness levels throughout the season and can be seen putting the players through their paces in the warm-up before matches.
Returned to Portman Road prior to the start of the 2012/13 season to head up the Town Academy. Bryan is a well respected figure around the Club having previously helped the Town youngsters win the FA Youth Cup in 2005, and later going on to assist former boss Jim Magilton, before leaving the Club under Roy Keane's reign. Bryan returned to Suffolk following a spell working at Tottenham Hotspur.
Former Town player who joined the coaching staff at the end of the 2011/12 season, upon his retirement as a player. Mark, who enjoyed a successful career with Millwall, Liverpool, Man City, Wolves, Palace Cardiff and Town amongst others, was recruited to the coaching staff and he now oversees the Town U21 Development Squad.
Head of Performance Analysis
Performance Analyst who arrived at Portman Road at the beginning of the 2011/12 campaign. Jordan, who had previously worked in a similar capacity as an intern at Derby County, is responsible for providing the coaching staff with prozone stats and regularly assists the backroom staff to analyse the opposition.
Town's Head Physio who is always first on the scene whenever a Blues player goes down with an injury. Matt has held the role for sometime now and is an integral part of Mick's backroom staff here at Portman Road.
Assistant Head Physio
Working alongside Town's Head Physio Matt Byard, Alex is first on the scene to treat the players when they pick up any form of injury. Alex will be working with the first-team squad this season, after joining the backroom staff from a similar position in the Town Academy.
Former Town goalkeeper who is now working as part of the backroom staff at Portman Road. James is currently the Club's masseur and works closely with the physio team and in particular, Head physio Matt Byard. Has the nickname 'Horse' around the Club after running the London marathon dressed as ITFC mascot, Crazee!
Dressing-room joker and Town kitman, Paul Beesley. Well known to the world of football after taking in spells as a professional with the likes of Sheffield United, Wigan and Leeds. Paul, or 'Bees' as he is known around the Club, was first brought to Portman Road by old friend Paul Jewell and has been welcomed into the Club further by Mick McCarthy.