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O'Neill: Dyer's Knowledge and Experience Will Benefit Youngsters
Monday, 26th Oct 2020 15:23

Town have confirmed Kieron Dyer’s return to the club as U23s coach with general manager of football operations Lee O’Neill believing the former England international’s knowledge and experience will benefit the Blues’ youngsters.

Dyer will be working with Terry Butcher, who himself returned to the club earlier in the year, as well as Jason Dozzell and Adem Atay, as well as head of coaching and player development Bryan Klug and O’Neill, who is also Town’s academy director.

“Obviously we are delighted that Kieron is back at the club,” O’Neill told the club website “We know what Ipswich Town means to him and he has a lot of knowledge and experience that we feel can benefit the development of our young players here.

“Kieron will be lead coach for the U23s, with Terry and Jason working with him as well as Adem, Bryan and myself so we have that continuation from U18 to U23s. It will be a team effort.”

Gerard Nash, who was the U23s coach, is moving on to a new position with the first-team squad.

“Gerard will be freed up now to do analysis on the opposition for the first team as well as watching the progress of our players out on loan,” O’Neill continued. “He will also be involved with the coaching at PDP [Player Development Programme] level.”

Dyer, 41, was the Blues’ U18s coach until August last year when he left to look to gain a wider insight into coaching, spending time at Vincent Kompany’s Anderlecht among other clubs.

"I've been away from the club for about 18 months developing my education," Dyer said.

"Tactically I feel like I have a better understanding of the game so when this opportunity came along I wanted to take it.

"There are some very talented young players here and I'm looking forward to helping them on their journey.

"This club has always produced good footballers from the academy so we'll be looking to continue that - I can't wait to get started."

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DublinBlue84 added 16:02 - Oct 26
Wonder how long it will be, before Nash is leaving?

Seems very much a backward move for someone who wants to be a manager, going from coaching effectively the reserves, to coaching in the PDP which is basically schoolkids.

WhoisJimmyJuan added 18:18 - Oct 26
Nash should have been our manager over 2 years ago.

LWNR2013 added 18:24 - Oct 26

ArnieM added 01:20 - Oct 27
Can’t see the point if “ developing” our youngsters when they don’t break into our first team. What is the point ?

OldClactonBlue added 14:15 - Oct 27
Kieron for First Team manager?

BrandestonBlue added 18:31 - Oct 27
Arnie M - not sure how you can make that comment - Dozzell, Bishop , Woolfenden , Kenlock, Lankester and Downes ?? Others are on the fringe of breaking through but need to prove they are good enough


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