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12 May 2021

Former Blue with great memories of the Club returns as part of new coaching team

Franny Jeffers is returning to the Club as part of Paul Cook’s coaching team.

The former England international striker had three months on loan at Portman Road in 2007, scoring four goals in nine appearances.

His move back to the Club as first-team coach will see him reunited with Gary Roberts, also now part of the backroom staff and a team-mate of Franny’s in his playing spell in a Blues’ shirt.

After starting his playing career at hometown club Everton, where he made his Premier League debut at just 16, he went on to play for Arsenal, Charlton, Blackburn and Sheffield Wednesday amongst others before finishing his career at Accrington.

He joined Everton’s coaching set-up in the club’s Academy and then worked as a coach for the U23s under another former Town loanee, David Unsworth.

“It’s a great opportunity for me and one I couldn’t turn down,” Franny told the Club website.

“I’m an Evertonian so it was a difficult decision to leave but Ipswich is a massive club and I’m relishing the chance to help the Club get back to where it should be.

“Obviously I was here as a player on loan and I loved my time here. I’ve seen some familiar faces around the place and it’s brought back some great memories. I should have stayed to be honest.

“The fans took to me and I took to them and now I’ve got another opportunity to be involved at this fantastic club.

“I’ve been a big admirer of Paul Cook and his work for many years and now to be part of his backroom team is very exciting and I can't wait to get going.”

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