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11 April 2018

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I'm losing sleep already says caretaker boss as he looks for young coaches and skipper to gain from experience

Bryan Klug is looking for the supporters to get right behind the players over the rest of the season but says he is already losing sleep over his caretaker role!

The Club’s head of coaching and player development will take charge of Town’s final four games of the season following Mick McCarthy and Terry Connor’s departure after last night’s win over Barnsley.

He will be assisted by U23 coaches Gerard Nash and Chris Hogg, with skipper Luke Chambers playing a part as well.

“I have been in and around this Club since 1977 and I know it’s a fantastic club but it’s a much better place to be and much stronger if everyone is pulling together and the supporters have a massive part to play in that,” Bryan told iFollow Ipswich.

“That is what I want to see and if the players here can get something out of the next few weeks and the young coaches that I will have with me do the same, then I will look at that as a success.

“The development of the coaches as well as young players has been a big part of my job over the last two years and this is a great opportunity for Gerard and Chris. They have done really well with the U23s and now they can have a taste of how tough it is in the Championship!

“Chambo can be massively important for us as well. He knows all the players, knows how to get the best out of them. He’s a good captain and intends to be a coach and a manager so he will get some experience of that as well.

“The staff that worked under Mick will obviously have a big part to play, Lids [Andy Liddell, fitness coach] and Mally [Malcolm Webster, goalkeeping coach].”

Bryan had praise for Town’s departed boss and also moved very quickly to confirm he had no designs on the manager’s role beyond this season.

“Mick is a top draw manager, without a doubt,” said the former Academy manager who was a youth team player at Portman Road himself.

“I have worked with just about every manager here since Sir Bobby Robson and I have learnt as much off Mick as anyone.

“I’m not interested in doing the job at all though going forward. I am going to try and enjoy the experience but I’m already losing sleep over it! 

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