Dyer departs to seek first team coaching opportunity

Town U18s coach Kieron Dyer has left the Academy as he looks to progress career at senior level.

TOTT understands both Middlesborough and Cardiff are interested in the former Town midfielder.

Kieron Dyer has stepped down from his role with Town’s U18s as he looks to move into first-team coaching and eventually management at senior level.

The former Town player, who came up through the youth ranks at Portman Road, then went on to play more than 100 games for the first-team before having a successful career in the Premier League and at international level with England.   

Dyer returned to Portman Road in a coaching capacity with the Academy in 2014 and has worked with the U18s for a number of years.

“I’ve enjoyed my time working as a coach with the Academy. Everyone knows what the Club means to me,” the ex-Newcastle midfielder told the Club website.

“I think it’s the right time for me to move on now though and see what other opportunities are out there. I want to progress my career and that means working every day with senior pros.”  

“Why am I moving on? It’s a question I’ve been getting asked quite a bit lately,” the 40-year-old said.

“Obviously I’m very ambitious, I want to be be a manager one day or a number two in a first-team environment.

“And being an assistant youth team manager is not really going to boost my CV. There’s a lot of people high up in the football club who say that they see me as a future Ipswich Town manager, but if I want to be an Ipswich Town manager one day I’ve got to get out there and get experience on my CV.

“Being an assistant youth team manager is not going to get me a job at senior level, in my opinion, so that’s why I’m going to leave the club and try and do men’s football, whether that’s in an U23 environment or getting in with a first team, then that’s the way I’ve got to go.”

“Yes, unless I do a Lamps and go straight to a Premier League club earning 150 grand a week! I think I might bypass Ipswich then,” he joked.

“But that’s another reason I’m ambitious, people talk about new blood and a new era and you look at all the players that I’ve played with in my era.

“You look at Joey Barton at Fleetwood, Jonathan Woodgate, one of my good friends who I speak to every day, at Middlesbrough, Sol Campbell at Macclesfield, Lee Bowyer, another of my associates, at Charlton, Lamps at Chelsea, Stevie G with Rangers, Scott Parker at Fulham.

“It’s like our era and when I see that it kind of gets you going, you want to be a part of that, you want the opportunity.

“And again, it’s no disrespect, I’m not saying I’m too big for the U18s, of course I’m not too big, I’m starting out.

“But my aim is to be in first team football and I just think that me being an assistant U18s coach, whenever jobs become available or I put my name in for jobs, I think I will have a better chance if I’m working with a first team or working with U23s rather than being an assistant U18s coach. And that’s all it is.

“For example, if Paul Lambert were to leave tomorrow and I was to put my CV in with Ipswich and [owner] Marcus [Evans] is interviewing me and going through my experience and I say I’m an assistant U18s manager, I don’t really think I’d get the job.”

He added: “Your first job is your most important job. To be honest I feel that I could manage a first team now, but that’s just me being confident and obviously my experience of working with a lot of top managers and top coaches and trying to pick what I’ve taken from them. I do feel that I can.

“But an owner’s not going really take a chance unless you’re out there doing it and proving that you can, so that’s why I’m leaving the club.”

Town’s general manager of football operations, Lee O’Neill, added: “We are obviously sorry to see Kieron go. 

“He’s keen to work at first-team level and we understand that and wish him every success in the future.”

Kieron follows Darren Smith, who has also left the Academy in his role as head of goalkeeping to become goalkeeper coach at Colchester.