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Ipswich Town FC Staff Profiles

A look at the backroom staff here at Ipswich Town FC

Mick McCarthy
Manager

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.

Terry Connor
Assistant Manager

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.

Dave Bowman
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. 

Malcolm Webster
Goalkeeper Coach

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.

Andy Liddell
Fitness Coach

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.

Will Stephenson
Head of Performance Analysis

Performance Analyst who was promoted from the U21s to the first-team in the summer prior to the beginning of the 2016/17 season. Will is responsible for providing the coaching staff with prozone stats and regularly assists the backroom staff to analyse the opposition.

Gerard Nash
U23 Manager

Former Town player whose career had to be cut short due to a number of injuries. Gerard was promoted to U23 manager following the departure of Mark Kennedy having formerly been in charge of the U18 side. A highly respected coach who will oversee the development of the youngsters closest to Town's first-team.

Matt Byard
Head Physio

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.

Alex Chapman
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 works with the first-team squad, after joining the backroom staff from a similar position in the Town Academy.

James Pullen
Kitman

Former Town goalkeeper who is now working as part of the backroom staff at Portman Road as kitman. He manages all of the equipment and kit for the Blues on matchdays and works closely with Academy kitman, Ken Goody. Has the nickname 'Horse' around the Club after running the London marathon dressed as ITFC mascot, Crazee!

Bryan Klug
Academy Director

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.

Lee O'Neill
Assistant Academy Manager/Head of Sports Science

Lee has worked at the Club for a number of years and now closely works with Bryan Klug in the day-to-day running of the Academy at Playford Road. Has a background is in sports science and he regularly assists in that department.

Alan Lee
U18s Lead Professional Development Coach

A former Town player, Alan finished his career as a player/coach at Portman Road before moving into a new role of U18 manager at the beginning of the 2016/17 season following the departure of Mark Kennedy and the subsequent promotion of Gerard Nash to the U21 boss. As well as his time at Town, Alan also had spells as a player with Burnley, Rotherham, Cardiff, Crystal Palace, Huddersfield, and a handful of loans with different clubs.

Chris Hogg
U18s Assistant Lead Professional Coach

Chris, a former professional footballer, took up the role as Alan Lee's assistant for the U18 side at the beginning of the 2016/17 season having worked with younger age groups in the Academy for a handful of years prior to taking this full-time role in the Academy.

Darren Smith
Head of Academy Goalkeeping

A coach with a solid background in goalkeeping, Darren has been an integral part of the Academy coaching staff for a number of years at Playford Road. Works with first-team 'keeper coach Malcolm Webster in bringing young goalkeepers into first-team plans.

Scott Mitchell
Head of Academy Performance Analysis

As head of the Academy analysis team, Scott dissects the performances of Town's U23 side and also works alongside U18 analyst George Buckley. Scott has worked in the Academy for a handful of years now, and moved into the position of Head of Academy Performance Analysis at the start of the 2016/17 season.

Matthew Clarke
Head of Education and Welfare

Matt looks after the education side of things with all of our Academy scholars and prepares the players for life after football, should they not make it in the professional game. He is in charge of all full-time scholars between the ages of 16 & 18.

James Reynolds
Head of Academy Medicine

As an important part of Town's medical staff, Jimmy offers medical support and physiotherapy to Academy players. He also works alongside first-team physios Matt Byard and Alex Chapman in ensuring all players have access to medical professionals.