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13 April 2022

Long-serving employee will leave at the end of the season

Lee O’Neill, the Club’s General Manager of Football Operations and Academy Director, will be leaving the Club at the end of the season.

Having initially come through Town's Academy in his younger days, Lee started his Ipswich Town career in July 2004 and has been an important part of the Club’s Academy and football operations ever since. He was first appointed as Academy Sports Scientist, before progressing through the ranks to become head of that department. Lee continued with his sports science role, whilst taking on additional responsibilities of Assistant Academy Manager and then Academy Manager.

Since December 2018, Lee has held the position of General Manager of Football Operations and has supported the Club in the transition period from the Marcus Evans Group to GameChanger 20 Ltd.

CEO Mark Ashton told the Club website: “The Club would like to place on record its gratitude to Lee for his support over what has been a period of transition. Lee’s role has changed in several ways over the past year, and he felt it was the right time to pursue other opportunities.

“Lee departs as a friend of the Club and will keep his role on the Community Trust board of trustees.

“We wish him all the best on his next journey.”

Lee O’Neill added: “It has been an honour and privilege to have been involved with my hometown club since I was 13 years old. To say I’ve had the chance, to play, coach and manage aspects of this great club is something I will never forget.

"I’m extremely proud of the male and female academy programmes, which both have exciting talent coming through. Furthermore, the senior teams are thriving under Kieran McKenna and Joe Sheehan's management, making the training ground a very positive place to work.

"I feel I’m leaving the Club in a strong place. GameChanger 20 Ltd has lots of new and exciting ideas for the future of Ipswich Town, and under the senior leadership of Mike O’Leary and Mark Ashton, the future looks bright.”

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