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Town Confirm Rolls Appointment as Director of Performance
Tuesday, 4th May 2021 09:31

Town have confirmed the appointment of Andy Rolls as director of performance, TWTD having revealed last week that the experienced former Bristol City head of performance was set to join the Blues.

Town say Rolls will “oversee all the medical, strength and conditioning and sports science aspects at the club”.

Rolls, who left his position as head of performance (sports science and medicine) at Ashton Gate last Tuesday, is delighted to have made the move to Portman Road.

“Ipswich is a massive club, what I call a proper football club and with the new owners coming in, it looks a really exciting challenge to be part of,” Rolls told the club site.

“That was the big draw for me, to be in at the start of the journey to try and get this club back to where it deserves to be.

“I obviously know [incoming CEO] Mark [Ashton] well. I know his drive and work ethic and I know how determined he is to make this Club successful and I’m looking forward to being part of that.”

Boss Paul Cook added: “Andy will bring with him new ideas and plenty of experience, having worked in football at the top level for 20 years.

“We wish him a warm welcome to Ipswich Town and I’m sure he will enjoy working at this club as we go into exciting times ahead under the new owners.” 

Rolls had been at Bristol City since June 2018 having previously worked as first-team physio at Arsenal for the previous five years and at West Ham between 2009 and 2013.

Prior to that he spent five years at Watford, where he was physio and head of medicine and also worked under CEO Ashton. Rolls has a BSc in physiotherapy from Teesside University.

As well manager Paul Cook revamping his playing staff over the summer, it's also anticipated that there will be significant changes off the field.

In addition to CEO Ashton, who starts his role at Portman Road on June 1st, Robins head of operations/club secretary Luke Werhun is also set to join the Blues.

As reported a fortnight ago, Town are also set to appoint former left-back Scott Barron as their new head of recruitment.

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johnwarksshorts added 09:35 - May 4
Exciting times ahead. Looking forward to next season.

ImAbeliever added 09:37 - May 4
Good news.

Sir_Bob added 09:37 - May 4
The only thing worse than the first team at the club is the infrastructure. It's great to see this is also being addressed as a matter of urgency.

tetchris added 09:39 - May 4
Hopefully this is the end of the long injury list season after season

RegencyBlue added 09:39 - May 4
Complete re-set on and off the pitch.

Exciting times ahead hopefully!

Bert added 09:43 - May 4
Is he inferring that Bristol City are not a proper football club ?

Marcus added 09:52 - May 4
Bristol City aren't going to be that impressed with us!

shakytown added 09:59 - May 4
Hopefully he can get the players fit for the first time in years and reduce the injury list by proper fitness and strength training methods.

OwainG1992 added 10:05 - May 4
This is terrific.
Look at his CV!
Ambitious statements being made.

WhoisJimmyJuan added 10:06 - May 4
I just hope he knows what side his bread is buttered on.....Taxi!

blueboy1981 added 10:19 - May 4
Will it all prove to be a ‘steal’ from Bristol City ?? - or just another step in the same direction ??
No disrespect to Bristol City - but for our Club to achieve success as apparently intended, I would have preferred to have seen the bar in recruitment actually set somewhat higher - for obvious reason !!
Do we have a Scout at the Club these days ? - it always intrigues me at how season after season Peterborough sell, and continuously produce player after player - mostly from lower levels of the game.
The list is long, and impressive - we should learn from that which they are doing, and we obviously are NOT - season after season..... !!!

Razor added 10:26 - May 4
This seems great news-----should be less sick notes flying around and not not for as long.

Doctor Bob and his team can start packing!!

Linkboy13 added 10:28 - May 4
Could be one of our most important signings. Being a bit of a fitness fanatic myself i can't emphasise enough the importance of strength building in the prevention of injuries. At least we can be pretty certain the players will start next season fit as can be expected.

PositivelyPortman added 10:32 - May 4
I expect all of the long term sick notes are pleading Cook to release them quickly, so that they can find another club to be injured at.

bobble added 10:34 - May 4
with the yanks and the bristol city folk in charge, we will no doubt be in the champions league in 2 years..such football expertise will take us to great heights

GiveusaWave added 10:38 - May 4
2 years to the Chanpions league bobble? Now that'd be a phenomenal feat....

If we made the Premiership in two years that'd be amazing. More likely we will get promotion here and a reasonable finish in the Championship. Gradual steps.

Edmundo added 10:40 - May 4
Exciting times. The buzz is coming back..

dirtydingusmagee added 10:45 - May 4
Well hopefully this will get any sick lame or lazy ,wasters jumping through hoops if they are among the remainers after the clear out. We certainly needed big changes throughout the club, lets hope at long last we have it right. We could be on a Roll, [ couldnt stop myself ] The names of those remaining is the next big thing i would imagine. Nothing else left this season .

greenkingtone added 10:56 - May 4
Excellent news.

BeattiesBackPocket added 11:00 - May 4
Blueboy1981 so you want to follow Peterborough’s way of working but not Bristol city’s?? In Ashtons time at Bristol since 2016 he has paid out over 44 million in transfer fees and recouped 77 million in that time that’s why he hand the others are being bought in tell me what’s wrong with that model?? One of those players was buying Webster sorry stealing Webster off us for 5 million and selling a season later for over 25 million to Brighton. Tell me when we last spent 44 million in 4 seasons or recouped a profit over that time??.....I’ll wait

ArnieM added 11:06 - May 4
Brilliant ! Hopefully now our strength /conditioning and rehab teams will be much more evidence base practiced and not this wet sponge , sticking plaster approach for the last decade. We've had these injuries and re injury rates for a reason. Its happened for so long under so many different managers that its not a coincidence.

Infrastructure.....Infrastructure....Infrastructure.....Infrastructure !

BlueBlood90 added 11:10 - May 4
Really excited about the changes being made off the field. It just goes to show how severely lacking we were during Evans' reign. I like that we're appointing a person with a dedicated individual job rather than someone trying to do two or three different things.

Does anyone have any info about Scott Barron being head of recruitment? Has he got any experience of doing this previously? It's arguably the biggest and most important role that needs to be filled this summer.

Ipswichbusiness added 11:32 - May 4
Is Lee O’Neill still at the club? If yes, what is his role given all the new appointments?

BlueNomad added 11:34 - May 4
The fact that there are any negative comments on here is staggering.

herfie added 11:47 - May 4
This cannot be seen as anything but positive news in terms of transforming us into a ‘proper’ football club. Of course, we could appoint Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the wee donkey, and some folk would still whinge!


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