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Former Sunderland manager Peter Reid joins Ipswich Town in consultancy role

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Having not been drawn on the current situation at this morning's press conference, Ipswich Town manager Paul Cook has now confirmed Peter Reid will be joining his coaching team on a consultancy basis.

The former England international, who has had a host of clubs in a managerial career including taking Sunderland into the Premier League, has been spotted at Town's last two games.

And he will now resume the link-up he began with manager Paul Cook while at Wigan Athletic in 2017.

On the arrival of the former Bolton Wanderers, Everton and Manchester City midfielder, Cook told iFollow Ipswich: "I worked with Peter for three years at Wigan.

"He’s a great guy. In the footballing world, you’ll rarely find someone who is as respected as Peter Reid, not just as a footballer but also what he’s done as a manager.

"Peter coming in is great, not just for me, but the other coaching staff and the club itself.

Peter Reid is one of two new arrivals, along with Gary Probert, confirmed as joining the staff at the Portman Road club today Picture: Barry Goodwin
Peter Reid is one of two new arrivals, along with Gary Probert, confirmed as joining the staff at the Portman Road club today Picture: Barry Goodwin

"Having people with that amount of experience at a football club can only be good."

Meanwhile, the former Sunderland boss said he is looking forward to his new role with the Blues, having agreed a deal until the end of the season.

"Anywhere I can help I will, and hopefully my experience should bring something new to the setup," he told the club website.

"If there's something I think will help then I'm never afraid to say it, and I've really enjoyed working with Paul in the past.

"This is a huge football club and I'm really looking forward to being involved, starting with a trip to Fratton Park next Tuesday, as I'll be at that one."

Meanwhile, the Suffolk club has also revealed the appointment of Gary Probert as director of football operations.

He arrives at Portman Road having worked in the Football League for several years and with the club saying he has "an established reputation for converting young talent into first-team players".

Probert, who officially joins on November 1, will head up Town's recruitment, academy, analysis, U23s and loans programme.

He is set to play a key role in the development of emerging talent in the club's academy setup.

Probert was previously at Bristol City, beginning as a lead foundation phase coach in 2013, and worked under Town CEO Mark Ashton for over five years.

He then went on to be appointed as academy manager by Ashton.

Probert told the club website: "I’m looking forward to getting started.

"I think it’s a really exciting project to find out about, add some value to and play a part in.

"From afar, it looked like something big was happening here. Having spoken to Mark in the last few days, it’s brought it home to me how inspirational and big it could be.

"Having a relationship with people I’ve worked with previously is advantageous for hopefully hitting the ground running.

"The role will help support Lee O’Neill and the academy, and help that transition from playing in the academy to senior football.

"I’m looking forward to meeting everyone and playing my part to help move the club forwards."

Ashton added: "I’m delighted to be able to confirm that Gary will be joining us.

"I worked with Gary for a number of years and he was instrumental in bringing through a stream of players into the first-team, with some of those going on to play in the Premier League.

"Gary will work closely with Paul Cook and Andy Rolls to oversee a number of crucial areas at the club."

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