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McGreal Rejoins Town in Coaching Role
Thursday, 2nd Dec 2021 11:10

Former Blues centre-half John McGreal has returned to the club in a role coaching the U23s and development squads.

The 49-year-old was with the Blues between 1999 and 2004 and was a member of the team which won promotion to the Premier League at Wembley in 2000 and finished fifth in the top flight the following season, qualifying for the UEFA Cup.

McGreal is a close friend of manager Paul Cook from their days at Tranmere together and has been spotted at games and around the training ground on a number of occasions in recent months, which led to speculation that he might join the club as assistant manager.

The Liverpudlian joined Swindon as manager in the summer but left after only a month. Previously he spent four years as manager of Colchester.

Town’s new director of football operations, Gary Probert, told the club site: "We are delighted to welcome John to the club.

“His role will be supporting Kieron Dyer with the U23s, with a real focus on working with individual players alongside their development plans. John knows the club well and brings a wealth of experience to our set-up.”

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budgieplucker added 19:19 - Dec 2
Soon will have enough coaches to fill a coach!!!

Menton added 19:32 - Dec 2
About four months too late but welcome

Bergholtblue added 19:52 - Dec 2
I wouldn't be surprised if his role was more with the first team, but in saying so, it would be an admission of the failings of the current staff.

Ipswichbusiness added 20:03 - Dec 2
It would be nice to have some clarity on what all these people are supposed to be doing and who reports to whom.

Who is this Director of Football Operations? What does Mr Probert do that Mr Cook doesn’t? What is Peter Reid’s role? John McGreal is said to be “supporting” Kieron Dyer; does that make him his subordinate? I could go on!

SpiritOfJohn added 20:50 - Dec 2
As an ex-Town player and an experienced coach I would have welcomed John McGreal's arrival in the summer, but after all the other appointments of Cook's mates it stinks of cronyism. He'll Never Walk Alone...

Saxonblue74 added 21:11 - Dec 2
Moan moan moan. Even when there's agreement on here that something is positive it comes with a "but.......".

dukey44 added 22:29 - Dec 2
Great signing... But Where's he from... Another one...

alanmason added 23:02 - Dec 2
Good news! Welcome back, John!

Saxonblue74 added 06:48 - Dec 3
Dukey, all I can say is it's a good job you're not on the board at Yorkshire County CC. They've had enough trouble recently!

ChorleyBoy added 23:28 - Dec 3
Welcome back John. Hope this is the start of a long and successful time for you (and us) here.

Help added 20:19 - Dec 4
yes as first team manager

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