Ipswich Town interim manager John McGreal looking ahead to Under-23s role
John McGreal has revealed that his long-term focus is on working with Ipswich Town's Under-23s.
The former Town defender was brought in to work with the club's youngsters last week, but soon found himself installed as the interim first-team manager following the sacking of Paul Cook.
Having previously managed the likes of Colchester United and Swindon Town, there had been suggestions that the 49-year-old may look to secure the job on a permanent basis.
However, when asked about that possibility during today's press conference, McGreal admitted that his passion currently lies with bringing through homegrown talent.
"Obviously we're (Mark Ashton, CEO) conversing but as I say, I'll be travelling and taking the game at the weekend and we'll have (more) conversations going backwards and forwards," he said.
"I'm here to do a job for the Town. I've come in to do the 23s and they've asked me to step up. I'll do what I can, the best I can and as I say the conversations will be going on, but I'm here to do the 23s and get into that level to develop kids to get into the first team.
"Speaking to the guys and the project that they want to bring to the club – the under-23s, the individual performance plans and stuff, it's going to be a huge part of the club moving forwards.
"The history of the players coming through from under-23 level from years gone by like Kieron (Dyer), right the way through to your Darren Bents, Darren Ambrose just to mention a few – James Scowcroft, Richard Wright – there's been loads of them. Even now with Andre Dozzell and Flynn Downes. It's our job now to bring the next batch through and I'm passionate about that, giving kids opportunities.
"That was my role at Colchester in the academy, then I was under-23s manger and then I was lucky enough to get the manager's job for four years.
"I know what it is to get kids in and around the first team to get them opportunities, so I'm really looking forward to bringing that next good batch through."