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JOHN KEELEY IS NEW 'KEEPER COACH

26 May 2021

"I still get a buzz about being involved in something good and I’ve got a great feeling about Ipswich"

John Keeley is joining Town as first-team goalkeeping coach.

Essex-born, the former ‘keeper had a 20 year playing career with spells at Southend, Brighton, Stockport, Colchester and Peterborough amongst others before moving into coaching.

He became Academy goalkeeping coach at Portsmouth in 2007 and then stepped up to the first-team three years later.

John left Fratton Park in 2013 and coached at Blackburn and Brighton before returning to Portsmouth in the summer of 2016 to work under Paul Cook as the club became League Two champions that season.   

He remained with Pompey until the end of the 2020/21 campaign and is now relishing a new challenge at Portman Road.

“I can’t wait to get going. I’ve been in the game a long time but I still get a buzz about being involved in something good and I’ve got a great feeling about this,” John told the Club website.

“I was at Portsmouth with Paul and I loved working with him. I was very close to going to Wigan with him when he left.

“We have stayed in touch over the years and that shows you how we get on and I was delighted when he asked me to come to Ipswich.

“He’s a proper football manager. He loves the game, he loves to see his teams playing attacking football and Ipswich is a massive club. Like I said, I’ve just got a good feeling we are going to achieve something here. It’s a really exciting opportunity.”


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