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Hogg Working as First-Team Coach
Tuesday, 23rd Oct 2018 12:11

Town boss Paul Hurst has confirmed that U23s assistant manager Chris Hogg is now working with the senior side as first-team coach.

Hogg, 33, previously spent time with the first team late last season as an assistant to caretaker-boss Bryan Klug alongside U23s manager Gerard Nash following Mick McCarthy’s departure.

“Yes, we’ve asked Chris to come and work with the first team and do some coaching with us,” Hurst said.

“I’ve been impressed with him and Gerard in terms of the work they’ve done and I just felt with Chris, just a different voice, something different, and obviously he has a relationship with some of the younger players, that it would be beneficial, so we’ve asked him to come and work with us.”

Is it important to progress coaches’ careers as well as players’? “When we first came in continuity was one of the first things mentioned. What I said from the start is that I don’t mind that idea at all but I’ve got to think that they’re the right sort of people to do that.

“There’s no point just saying do it and not actually thinking they’re good enough. So we’ve taken a bit of time to look at it and have seen how the lads work and I think there are some good coaches here, that’s for sure.

“I think it fits with what the owner wanted. For me it’s something different. That’s something me and [assistant manager] Chris [Doig] have not had the luxury of in the past, it’s always just been us two and I think it’ll help the transition for players as well.”

Regarding Hogg’s title, he added: “He’s first-team coach at the minute but people get obsessed with titles. Basically, the players have been told he’s working with us and to give him the respect that I would expect any member of staff to get anyway.”

He says no one else has been given a role working alongside Nash with the U23s: “No, but we’ve got plenty of members of staff who can help out if needs be.”

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ruds added 12:21 - Oct 23
This is certainly a positive for Hogg, so well done there to you sir!

To have him there when Burley & Butch come in next month won't be a bad thing neither.

Overall - this is a good thing for ITFC

TimmyH added 12:26 - Oct 23
Hurst will ruin him...

newburyblues added 12:29 - Oct 23
Has experience with previous caretaker role...

PositivelyPortman added 12:34 - Oct 23
TimmyH how old are you ffs?

algarvefan added 12:37 - Oct 23
Well there you have it, there must be problems between Hurst and some of the playing staff for this move to be made, the beginning of the end I would say for Hurst.

herfie added 12:57 - Oct 23
Taken with Matt Holland’s recent comments, PH’s future is writ large on the changing room wall!

Thought his answers to some good questions were both defensive and somewhat negative - possibly unsurprisingly, given our current league position etc. Although people will have their opinions on his managerial and coaching qualities, he clearly has views about what’s wrong with the club, from a top-down management perspective. Not good - a potentially fatal gap.

TimmyH added 13:49 - Oct 23
yawn off with your 'positive' vibes @positivity - being positive ain't going to get us out of the mire...hope Hogg does have an impact on the first team as he has with the under 23's but gotta feeling it might take more than him.

bigtimecharlie added 13:52 - Oct 23
As I as much as anyone want PH to succeed, it sounds almost like an appointment of an impending caretaker manager. Would be interested to see if this was all PH decision ?

ipswichdave added 14:35 - Oct 23
Would be interesting to have Father in law and Son in law in charge George Burley and Chris Hogg, you never know

blueboy1981 added 16:02 - Oct 23
Just clear off Hurst - and let us all move on. Just GO. End of.

The Club has stagnated for far too long.

Don't hesitate Evans - ACT NOW.

Kesblue66 added 17:30 - Oct 23
A good move Paul .Now bring in George Burley as your assistant ,and we may just get somewhere.

budsweatannbeers added 18:28 - Oct 23
Great for Hogg but not sure what this suggests about Hurst and Doug's coaching...

Swn98 added 20:29 - Oct 23
PositivelyPortman Age doesn't come into it hes just stupid.

TimmyH added 20:56 - Oct 23
'Stupid' because Myself and many others wanted swn98's best buddy McCarthy out, thank god we succeeded...if I wanted to watch 90 minutes of boredom most Saturday's I'd get a box set of Downton Abbey out.

skankerman added 00:40 - Oct 24
There's only one George Burley

Swn98 added 07:37 - Oct 24
Well timmy my original statement was correct you are stupid Hurst football is 10 times worse with no prospect of improvement.
The yobs and boo boys have set our club onto the Rd of oblivion.
You got what you wished for so stop bleating.

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