Long-serving Town coach Bryan Klug has been sacked. Klug, a one-time Blues youth player and academy director, was assistant manager under Jim Magilton until John Gorman’s appointment last Christmas when he moved into a head of football development role, before taking charge of the reserves this season.
Klug was a youth player with the Blues between 1977 and 1983 but failed to make a senior appearance, moving on to Wimbledon (loan), Chesterfield and Peterborough United and then into non-league football.
The 49-year-old returned to Portman Road in 1987, joining the coaching staff and in 1998 became the director of the newly formed academy in an era during which Kieron Dyer, Richard Wright, Titus Bramble and others emerged.
In 2005 Klug, who also had spells as caretaker-manager of the Blues, led the academy to Town’s third FA Youth Cup before becoming Jim Magilton’s assistant a year later, shortly after Newcastle United had approached him to run their academy.
Manager Roy Keane recently added former Notts County manager Ian McParland to his backroom team and with assistant manager Tony Loughlan, specialist skills coach Steve Foley, fitness coaches Antonio Gomez and Simon Thadani and goalkeeper coach James Hollman also on the payroll may have felt his staff needed trimming.
Unless Keane is trying to lower the club wage bill for potential signings or he's had a row with Klug, I don't understand why we need to get rid of coach with a proven track record of bringing good youth players through?
Best of luck for the future Brian. Still, there must be a reason for this. I imagine being replacement by Gorman last year must have affected him somewhat, no-one can possibly know the reasons or pass judgement.
No-one on this board knows Klug, and no-one has played or managed at the highest level. Keane does and has. That's life unfortunately. The guy has seemed to be a nice chap, and been loyal to us for many years, but life goes on. If he was that good, why was he not consistently talked about for managerial or coaching jobs elsewhere? A shame, but I'll live with it.
Sadly in recent years he has not delivered quality players to the 1st team that we can use or sell to the same level as the wright, dyer, bramble era. Most of the last fa youth cup winning side have not lived up to expectations - as predicted by Joe Royle - good luck brian, i am sure you will make a good u18 coach again (but don't get tempted towards 1st team positions again).
He did well with Youths but I went to couple of reserve matches and it was noticeable that he was not as prominent as Loughlan or Kiwomya. Oh well good luck Bryan - you cant just SACK people for no reason though - hmmmmm