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Klug on Dyer, Nash and Butcher
Thursday, 26th Nov 2020 16:15

Head of coaching and player development Bryan Klug has been talking about the new roles recently taken on by Kieron Dyer and Gerard Nash, as well as Terry Butcher’s return to the club earlier in the year.

Former Town and England midfielder Dyer took over as the U23s coach from Nash a month ago with Blues and England legend Butcher joining him in running the development squad, while Dubliner Nash moved to a new position.

"Gerard, over a number of years, has developed into a superb coach,” Klug told iFollow Ipswich. “He’s been involved with the first team. He’s at his happiest when he’s working with any young player.

“We identified a need between when players go from the academy to the first team and sometimes come down too.

“Predominantly, he’ll be working with those players and making sure they don’t fall through the cracks.

“The first team have their programme, it’s about going game to game. I still feel that there’s a lot of development in some of the players.

“Over the years, there’s been a few players who have had a few games but then their progression has stopped a little.

“Gerard is one of the best development coaches and is highly qualified so that really does suit him. It’s all about getting the best of all the people and resources you have.

“We think there’s a real role for Gerard, getting closer to the first team. He’s picking up that role and we’ll see where that goes."
Regarding former England international Dyer, who spent a year away from Town looking at coaching at other clubs having previously been in charge of the U18s, he added: "Kieron has been on the fringes of coaching. He’s been out to Anderlecht to work with them. I think he’s going to be a really good coach.

“I think it’s right to give him a bit of responsibility and let him lead a team, which is what he’s doing. He’s not here for the financial rewards but he’s here to learn his trade and he’s doing really well. He’s here because he loves this football club.”

Klug says coaches can learn by visiting clubs in other countries: "That’s what it’s all about. We want the culture at this football club to be that we can always get better, every one of us.

“I’ve never been afraid to bring in people who I think can bring something new and a new perspective. We’re never happy with how we’re doing.

“I look around and I see a lot of young players in and around the fringes of our team but that’s not good enough for us.

“They’ve got to be players who go into the first team and make the team better. Our culture is that we can always get better.

“Kieron is bringing in some new ideas and he’s also working alongside Terry Butcher - that's fantastic. He’s one of the nicest men but obviously a very experienced coach as well.

“The work he’s doing with the young centre-halves, it’s incredible to think we’ve got that. Again, he’s not here for any financial reason, he’s here because he loves this football club. We’re very lucky to have those people around us."
He added: “That’s what this football club is about. Terry knows what the standard looks like. We’re in League One at the moment but we’re aspiring to produce players that can hopefully play at the level that Terry did."

Manager Paul Lambert has stated on a number of occasions that the aim is for teams from the senior side downwards to play the same style of football.

"I’d like to think that over the years, the academy have had not one particular style but a way of playing,” Klug reflected.

“It’s very good for the first team to settle into a way of playing and it’s our job to produce players who can do that.

“There’s more than one way of playing football, that’s something I’ve learned over many years.

“When players come out at the other end of the academy, we like to think that they’d be prepared to play in a way that any manager can want them to play. We haven’t had to adapt too much.”

He continued: ”We know the work that the manager and the first-team staff are doing. By the time the players get to our U18s or U23s, they understand that way of playing. Also, there’s other ways of playing and we ensure that they get a full rounding and education."

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trncbluearmy added 16:25 - Nov 26
This is all just a complete mystery to me, I watch the yoofs and U23`s and see teams with a link between defence, midfield and attack, players that know their jobs, are comfortable on the ball and win games looking organised and confident.

I watch the first team and they are the complete fecking opposite

grow_our_own added 16:54 - Nov 26
Dyer IN! Put blue-blood back in charge. People who understand what made it one of the best small clubs in the world. Evans sacked Magilton way too soon and has since has studiously ignored former playersmanagers who wanted the job. If he ignores them again, we'll have to start assuming it's because he only recruits managers whose only loyalty is to him, not the club - yes men who'll doth their cap. Dyer wouldn't be in it for the money, he's his own man.

NthQldITFC added 16:54 - Nov 26
If Bryan Klug is impressed by these coaches, that's good enough for me. Is Nash suited to being the main first team coach, or would he prefer to stick primarily with the youngsters? Is there a possible management team from within the three of them?

Suffolkboy added 16:58 - Nov 26
Very obvious signs of careful choice of words here ; it can’t have escaped the notice of most supporters and observers that PL is increasingly less than fully or properly articulate in how he describes his ‘ way ‘ of playing and BK is eloquent ( something which almost totally escapes PL’s ambit) in his description of how we at ITFC should be, and need to be, coaching everyone to play good technical football , BUT understand the various ‘styles ‘ and manners of approach !
There’s is very definitely now something wrong at the heart of the Management leadership ,AND that’s because of ( sadly )PL ‘s increasingly inadequacies : I think he’s developing a mind block , needs a rest or maybe to get a permanent rest away from the rigours of day to day management ,especially within football !
I hope he can and will prove my assessment emphatically wrong , but we need evidence pretty soon : he appears to be losing everybody !

Pilgrimblue added 17:20 - Nov 26
BK makes sense and as has been said there's a marked difference between the 1st team and the U23/U18 teams.
I haven't sen too much of those two teams but what I have, has impressed me. They move forward and back as a unit but unlike 1st team they try to get forward. I mean what's the point of passing across the backline only for Toto (mainly) to then hoof it.
These 3 should be given a chance with 1st team asap once PL is removed.

positivity added 18:46 - Nov 26
whatever happens with lambert it's important that we keep dyer/klug/nash in position and that any new boss doesn't sweep it away

rfretwell added 18:49 - Nov 26
Well Pilgrimblue, Lambert of course recognises the limitations of some of our 1st steamers. We all know Nsialas long balls are pretty wayward often. Unless he improves that he will eventually be replaced permanently. It takes time though and more transfer windows. PL has shown he can bring in quality players to the club. But will fans lack of patience force him out too early?

BryanPlug added 19:46 - Nov 26
It just occurred to me that all this manoeuvring is to make way for Burley to come in as first team manager with Nash as his first team coach.

wkj added 23:10 - Nov 26
@NthQldITFC - Next season there is a good chance our 1st team will be a big extension of the youth team, so he might well be the perfect choice.

Steve_ITFC_Sweden added 09:05 - Nov 27
A wise and respected man said, “There’s more than one way of playing football, that’s something I’ve learned over many years" (Klug, 2020). Maybe if one way is patently not working, it is time to try another?

brazil1982 added 09:09 - Nov 27
Arguably the most important person at the club.

Linkboy13 added 10:48 - Nov 27
Great to see so many ex players being involved at the club. Although im a bit skeptical about appointing one as first team manager. I think it would be my heart ruling my head.

TractorRoyNo1 added 13:57 - Nov 27
Come on Evan's give them a chance, better now than in February when the season will have slipped away again, Lambert might have been tasty x-years ago, but he's past his sell by date.

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