Management Team


  • Bryan Klug - Head of Coaching and Player Development

    Bryan Klug

    Returned to Portman Road prior to the start of the 2012/13 season to head up the Town Academy. Bryan is a well respected figure around the Club having previously helped the Town youngsters win the FA Youth Cup in 2005, and later going on to assist former boss Jim Magilton, before leaving the Club under Roy Keane’s reign. Bryan returned to Suffolk following a spell working at Tottenham Hotspur.



  • Lee O’Neill - Academy Manager

    Lee O’Neill

    Lee has worked at the Club for a number of years and now closely works with Bryan Klug in the day-to-day running of the Academy at Playford Road. Has a background in sports science and he regularly assists in that department.


  • Helen Broughton - Academy Operations Manager

    Helen Broughton


  • Ralph Pruden - Head of Education and Welfare

    Ralph Pruden

    Ralph looks after the education side of things with all of our Academy scholars and prepares the players for life after football, should they not make it in the professional game. He is in charge of all full-time scholars between the ages of 16 & 18.

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  • James Reynolds - Head of Academy Medicine

    James Reynolds

    As an important part of Town’s medical staff, Jimmy offers medical support and physiotherapy to Academy players. He also works alongside first-team physios Matt Byard and Alex Chapman in ensuring all players have access to medical professionals.



  • Phil Beale - Head of Recruitment

    Phil Beale

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Senior Coaching Staff

  • Gerard Nash - U23 Senior Professional Development Coach

    Gerard Nash

    Former Town player whose career had to be cut short due to a number of injuries. Gerard was promoted to U23 manager following the departure of Mark Kennedy having formerly been in charge of the U18 side. A highly respected coach who will oversee the development of the youngsters closest to Town’s first-team.


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    Alan Lee

    A former Town player, Alan finished his career as a player/coach at Portman Road before moving into a new role of U18 manager at the beginning of the 2016/17 season following the departure of Mark Kennedy and the subsequent promotion of Gerard Nash to the U23s. As well as his time at Town, Alan also had spells as a player with Burnley, Rotherham, Cardiff, Crystal Palace, Huddersfield, and a handful of loans with different clubs.


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    Chris Hogg

    Chris, a former professional footballer, took up the role as Alan Lee’s assistant for the U18 side at the beginning of the 2016/17 season having worked with younger age groups in the Academy for a handful of years prior to taking this full-time role in the Academy.


  • Darren Smith - Head of Academy Goalkeeping

    Darren Smith

    A coach with a solid background in goalkeeping, Darren has been an integral part of the Academy coaching staff for a number of years at Playford Road. Works with first-team ‘keeper coach Malcolm Webster in bringing young goalkeepers into first-team plans.


  • Adem Atay - Professional Development Phase Coach U18


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  • Duncan Wheeler - Head of Foundation Phase

    Duncan Wheeler


  • Scott Baxter - Senior Academy Physiotherapist

    Scott Baxter


  • Scott Mitchell - Head of Performance Analyst / Head of Youth Phase Development

    Scott Mitchell

    As head of the Academy analysis team, Scott dissects the performances of Town’s U23 side and also works alongside U18 analyst George Buckley. Scott has worked in the Academy for a handful of years now, and moved into the position of Head of Academy Performance Analysis at the start of the 2016/17 season.



  • George Buckley - Lead Performance Analysis

    George Buckley


  • Alice Grindrod - Sports Therapist

    Alice Grindrod


Part-Time Coaches

  • Lee Norfolk
  • James Scowcroft
  • Jason Dozzell
  • Mick Stockwell
  • John Coupe
  • Darren Oxbrow
  • Aaron Hall
  • Andy Taylor
  • Titus Bramble
  • Mark Sharp
  • Andy Howe
  • Ruben Flores