Ipswich Town brings in Manchester United goalkeeper Lee Grant

15:00 May 26, 2022

17:34 May 26, 2022

Kieran McKenna has brought former Manchester United goalkeeper Lee Grant onto his coaching staff.

The city boss has discussed adding a new manager to his coaching staff since his arrival at the club in December, and Grant is set to fill the role having announced his retirement from playing earlier today.

McKenna is, of course, a former Manchester United assistant and knows Grant well from their time together at Old Trafford, where he also worked alongside current Town No.2 Martyn Pert.

Manchester United goalkeepers David de Gea (left) and Lee Grant during the training session at the A

Grant, pictured with United number 1 David de Gea
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Grant, a goalkeeper with over 500 professional appearances to his name, arrives to work with Ipswich’s first-team outfield players. René Gilmartin will continue in his role with the Town goalkeepers.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for me and I’m looking forward to it,” Grant said.

“I know Kieran and Martyn worked with them at Manchester United and I loved the job they gave us from a game perspective. I am now excited to work with them again, albeit in a different role.

“I feel truly blessed to have been able to make the decision to retire and move straight into an exciting role with Ipswich Town. Over the last few years, I have been preparing for this moment by getting my coaching licenses, expanding my network, and working on a business degree. Everything has been with the intention of being in a good place for a smooth transition at this point in my career.

“Nor could I join a club with a more exciting base than Ipswich. There is a new ownership, a new management, a motivated coach and a team that is also hungry to go and achieve things. As I say, I really want to get down to work and I’ll be ready when the squad returns for the new season”.

The 39-year-old has been working on his coaching career for a number of years and will now take his first steps at Portman Road, with the direction his future target.

“I have been very determined to progress and now I am at a stage where my (UEFA) A-Licence is in my back pocket, I am hopeful that I will be in the cohort for the next Pro-Licence,” he said. he told MUTV in September.

“I am currently studying for my LMA Diploma in Football Management, which is a diploma that has been taken by the manager of this football club (Ole Gunnar Solskjaer), so it has given me a lot of encouragement to pursue it.

“There’s also a potential business degree in the works, so there’s a lot going on.”

Grant, who played for Derby, Stoke, Burnley and Sheffield Wednesday during his career as starting goalkeeper, played just two games for the Red Devils in four seasons but has often been heralded as a major figure within the camp.

The former goalkeeper has also previously discussed how he has used McKenna as a sounding board, alongside former United manager Michael Carrick.

“Michael and Kieran let me come in and sit down and have 10 minutes with them in the press room or the analysts have time for me if I need to chat and chew on their ears about what we’re doing or where they’re at. they’re finding statistics or how they’re interacting with the manager and this and that.

“I always ask those kinds of questions, I constantly watch what the coach does, how he interacts with people, and I’m busy learning what it’s like to be in an elite football club and how these things can help. keep going because I have my own aspirations after the game.

“I want to train, I want to manage and I feel like I’m in a very good place, in a very good football club to learn how to do it.”

Grant joins a backroom staff that also includes the club’s head of analysis, Charlie Turnball, as well as a performance team led by Andy Rolls.


Grant, pictured playing Ipswich at Portman Road for Derby
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