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Ipswich Town appoint former Norwich City coach Dean Wright as new academy manager

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Ipswich Town have appointed Norwich City's head of academy coaching Dean Wright as their new academy manager.

Wright will officially begin his role in leading the development of young players at Playford Road next month.

Town have been on the hunt for a new academy manager after Lee O'Neill left his role at the end of last season.

Wright is well versed in academy coaching, having worked in the professional game for over a decade with clubs including Hudderfield and Norwich.

"Gary [Probert] and Mark [Ashton] have sold the vision of the club," he told the club website.

"It’s a really exciting time for the club as they try and make progress in all areas. The opportunity to be part of that was very appealing.

Dean Wright will take over as academy manager next month. Picture: Mecha Morton
Dean Wright will take over as academy manager next month. Picture: Mecha Morton

"The academy needs to produce players for the first-team and for the wider game, ideally building something that allows the manager to have options within the building and creates homegrown players to represent Ipswich Town.

"I also want to create an environment at the training ground that people enjoy being a part of, whether that is staff, players or parents."

Wright started his coaching career at Bury in 2010, before being promoted to head of foundation phase and lead of academy operations two years later.

After four years in the role, he made the switch to Huddersfield Town to become their lead foundation phase coach.

In 2017, Wright left the Terriers to join Norwich as their assistant academy manager.

The following year, he was promoted to the role of head of academy coaching at Carrow Road.

Probert added: "Dean is someone who has a proven track record of player development and naturally, we’re delighted to have him on board.

"He’s worked at a variety of clubs within both category one and category two academies, and his broad and varied experience will be a real asset to the club.

"We completed a thorough search to recruit for this role, and Dean’s enthusiasm and hunger to work with us and further develop the Academy really stood out.

"He will be someone who will drive the high standards required every single day."