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Town Confirm Craney Joining Staff as Coach
Friday, 14th May 2021 14:31

Town have confirmed Ian Craney’s appointment to manager Paul Cook’s backroom staff.

TWTD revealed on Wednesday that Craney had been at Playford Road along with new first-team coach Franny Jeffers.

Craney, 38, played alongside Cook at Accrington, where he was later managed by the Blues boss, and joins the club as a coach, having been the kitman under his management and up until recently at Wigan.

The former midfielder also played for Altrincham, Swansea, Huddersfield, Morecambe (loan), Fleetwood, Rochdale, Stockport, Telford, Stafford Rangers (loan) and Conwy Borough during his career having been a youth player at hometown club Everton.

“I’m really excited about the opportunity I have been given here,” Craney told the club site.

“I obviously know Paul and worked with him at Wigan and when he offered me the chance to come to a club the size of Ipswich, I couldn’t wait to get down here.

“It’s a big club with big ambitions and shouldn’t be in this league and I’m looking forward to being involved and trying to move the club on.”

With Jeffers, whose recruitment from Everton as first-team coach was confirmed earlier in the week, having effectively replaced Matt Gill, and with Gary Roberts also a first-team coach, Craney’s appointment makes it unlikely that U23s manager Kieron Dyer, who has been working with the first team since Cook took charge, will step up to be part of the senior staff for the season ahead.

We understand that the appointment of an assistant manager - if one is to be named - is not imminent.

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brendenward35 added 14:39 - May 14
Looks like PC getting people in he can trust maybe he needs time for Keiron to build that trust. Hopefully Dyer can hold onto his position as u23 coach and learn from what PC and his coaches are doing. Probably have to waiting for new CEO to arrive for any transfers to take place not sure if our chairman will get involved with any movement of players. Exciting times ahead lets see what August brings

ringwoodblue added 14:41 - May 14
At this rate we will have more back room staff than players!

MickMillsTash added 14:42 - May 14
You can't have enough Scousers
Am I first person to have ever written that ?

blues1 added 14:44 - May 14
Brendenward35. Yes, wont be any transfers until the CEO in place. But then there cant be anyway as transfer window not open yet.

greenkingtone added 14:46 - May 14
He sounds a sensible appointment. Better times ahead.

BlueBlood90 added 14:46 - May 14
I don't want to sound negative here but there seems to be a major lack of experienced coaches being brought in. How has he gone from being a kit man at Wigan to a first team coach?

Curious to know if Dyer will be given the assistant managers role.

trncbluearmy added 14:48 - May 14
Seems a bit of a strange one?

blues1 added 14:49 - May 14
Blueblood90. Hes been a coach previous to being kit man at Wigan. That's how. If ud read the story properly ud have seen it stated that this appointment makes it unlikely that Dyer will be in the 1st team picture next season.

Radlett_blue added 14:53 - May 14
We need a good kit man.

Bluearmy_81 added 14:59 - May 14
Ringwood, I don't care where thryre from if it works and Ipswich Town succeed.
He says we're a big club. He's right. Makes a change from Ipswich fans saing we aren't a big club! Evans tenure really brought with it a real apathy. Let's get some pride back in ITFC and expect, nay demand the best!!

SouperJim added 15:02 - May 14
blues1 nowhere in the text above does it say he's been a coach previously.

Portman_Pie added 15:03 - May 14
Sounds like all the mates are welcome. Dyer unlikely to be part of the first team, but all these scousers with little experience will obviously woprk wonders.

Beggars belief.

ipswichdave added 15:03 - May 14
Does Cook not fancy doing any coaching himself, how many does he need!!!

Michael101 added 15:04 - May 14
Any new player will have to lean Scouse before getting singed.

ipswichdave added 15:06 - May 14
Wigan bus driver on his way for goalkeeping coach role!!!

Saxonblue74 added 15:06 - May 14
How many people does it take to run a football team these days? Little wonder clubs get in huge debt!

PositivelyPortman added 15:08 - May 14
Blues1 - you may want to read it properly yourself.
It doesn’t say that he was a coach prior to being the kitman at all.

itfc58 added 15:15 - May 14
oh wowwwww how exciting ! ........... not

Trac70 added 15:22 - May 14
Just slightly concerned that Gary Roberts is only now going to take his coaching badges and Craney hasn't got coaching badges either. It'll be very interesting to see who Cookies assistant (no2) will end up being.

Trac70 added 15:27 - May 14
I stand corrected from my above post as I believe Craney has completed his coaching badges.

90z added 15:27 - May 14
Club needed major changes.. we have changes and people still moaning! Jesus christ !

brendenward35 added 15:29 - May 14
Maybe Cookie will make Kieron his number 2 could do a lot worse, anyone got Kieron as friend on facebook maybe ask him if Cookie has asked him yet?

brendenward35 added 15:36 - May 14
Strange comment on EADT Craney says "I started my coaching badges but a kitman suits me better" looks like PC looking after his mates rather than going for people with experience so we've got Craney only started his coaching badge but prefer to be kitman, Roberts coach but doesn't have his badges so this doesn't look good on paper does it especially when we are getting rid of qualified coaches.

atty added 15:37 - May 14
Still need an Assistant Manager! Is there room on the bench?

blues1 added 15:42 - May 14
Positively portman/ spuperjim. No. I read that the other day on another story elsewhere, regarding him joining. The point I was making about reading the story was regarding brendanwards comment about Dyer.

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