Manchester United goalkeeper hangs up gloves to take on coaching role with Town
Lee Grant is joining Town as first-team coach.
The 39-year-old goalkeeper has decided to retire from his playing career after 22 years in the game.
Lee, who joined Manchester United from Stoke City in 2018, will join Kieran McKenna’s backroom staff ahead of the Town squad returning for pre-season in June.
The shot-stopper, who made more than 500 appearances in his career and has been acquiring his coaching badges in recent years, will play an important role alongside Kieran, Martyn Pert and Charlie Turnbull with the Club's outfield players.
Rene Gilmartin will continue his role as the Club’s head of goalkeeping.
On his appointment, Lee said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me, and I am really looking forward to it.
“I know Kieran and Martyn having worked with them at Manchester United and I loved the work we were being given from a playing perspective. Now I am excited about working with them again, albeit in a different role.
“I feel really blessed that I have been able to make the decision to retire and go straight into an exciting role with Ipswich Town. Over the last few years, I have been preparing for this moment by obtaining my coaching licences, expanding my network and working on a business degree. It has all been with the intention of being in a good place for a smooth transition at this point in my career.
“I could not be joining a club with a more exciting footing than Ipswich either. There is new ownership, new direction, a driven manager and a squad that is also hungry to go and achieve things. As I say, I am excited to get to work and I will be ready for when the squad returns ahead of the new season.”
“We are so happy to have Lee on board with the coaching staff,” Kieran added.
“I have worked closely with Lee, and he has been transitioning ready to make the move into a coaching role as soon as he called time on his playing career.
“He has been a fantastic professional and he is someone that has great knowledge of the game. He has always been a respected member of every dressing room he has been in. He will bring a wealth of quality to his role, and, given he had a number of opportunities for his next step in the game, it’s a great sign for the Club that he has made that commitment to us.
“Lee will add value right across the board and he will fit in really well with the coaching staff. He will work with players on an individual basis but will also help the team as a collective, as well as working closely with the forwards in the squad.”
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