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2 December 2021

Former defender to take on coaching role with young Blues

John McGreal has joined the Club to work with the Blues’ U23s and development squads.

The former Town defender, who has experience in management with Colchester United, returns to Portman Road and will take on a coaching role with the young Blues.

As a player, John achieved promotion to the Premier League with Town in 2000, while also enjoying spells with Tranmere Rovers and Burnley.

In total he made 150 appearances for the Blues, scoring five goals, before joining The Clarets in 2004.

The 49-year-old went into coaching following his retirement and joined the Colchester academy in 2009. He briefly stood in as the first-team’s caretaker manager in 2015, before being given the position on a permanent basis.

He took charge of the U’s for four seasons, with the club twice finishing one place outside the League Two play-offs and losing in the play-off semi-finals at the end of the 2019/20 season.

On his arrival at Town, the Club’s Director of Football Operations, Gary Probert, said: "We are delighted to welcome John to the Club.

"His role will be supporting Kieron Dyer with the U23s, with a real focus on working with individual players alongside their development plans.

"John knows the Club well and brings a wealth of experience to our setup."

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