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Ipswich Town appoint John McGreal as interim manager following sacking of Paul Cook



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John McGreal has been appointed Ipswich Town's manager on an interim basis.

The former Tractor Boys defender has stepped up to the position after the decision was taken to sack Paul Cook following Saturday's 0-0 draw with lower-league Barrow in the Emirates FA Cup.

McGreal's return to a club for whom he made 150 appearances during his playing days was only revealed on December 2, when it was announced he would be working alongside the Under-23s and the academy.

Ipswich Town have appointed John McGreal as first-team manager on an interim basis. Picture: Mark Westley
Ipswich Town have appointed John McGreal as first-team manager on an interim basis. Picture: Mark Westley

However, he will now lead the first team during tomorrow's trip to Charlton Athletic, with Rene Gilmartin – who assisted McGreal during his short spell in charge of Swindon Town earlier this year – coming in as assistant.

Under-23s coach Kieron Dyer and head of academy goalkeeping Carl Pentney will also be in the dugout at The Valley.

The club has further confirmed that Cook's coaching team of Gary Roberts, Franny Jeffers, Ian Craney and John Keeley have all left Portman Road with the Liverpudlian.

Meanwhile, former Queens Park Rangers midfielder Marc Bircham is the current favourite with the bookmakers to get the Ipswich job on a permanent basis.