Town's coaching options praised by Jon

IPSWICH Town skipper Jon Walters is benefiting from the varied coaching options available to him at Portman Road.

Elvin King

IPSWICH Town skipper Jon Walters is benefiting from the varied coaching options available to him at Portman Road.

Walters has the benefit of eight full-time coaches at Ipswich's Playford Road training ground - plus the input of manager Roy Keane.

The ex-Manchester United player and Sunderland boss did not wield the axe when he arrived to take over from Jim Magilton last April.

He kept on his predecessor's staff apart from assistant manager John Gorman, who followed Magilton to Queens Park Rangers and is expected to move again when Magilton gets fixed up with another job.

Town regularly have five coaches on the field during their pre-match warm-ups plus kit man Ken Dyer, and this does not include Keane who prefers to leave the last-minute physical work to his staff.

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Tony Loughlan, Ian McParland, Steve Foley, goalkeeping coach James Hollman plus fitness coach Antonio Gomez are the men who take to the field with the players 35 minutes before kick-off.

And available during the week 'back at the ranch' are Bryan Klug and Chris Kiwomya plus another fitness coach in Simon Thadani.

Klug takes charge of the reserve and Under-18 sides along with Kiwomya and they help out academy manager Sammy Morgan.

The 26-year-old Town skipper is on top of his game and been an ever-present starter in the Coca-Cola Championship except when sitting out a one-match ban in the only defeat in the last 13 matches at Crystal Palace on Boxing Day.

He says the more the merrier, and added: “I owe a lot to different coaches at the club.

“You always pick up different things from people you work with and I'm constantly trying to learn and improve. Sometimes you can take a step back and see things that are going on in a game and try and make changes and improvements.

“I'm thoroughly enjoying myself and enjoy playing week-in, week-out. Anyone would, and hopefully it will continue in 2010.”

Walters is joint leading scorer with six goals with Jon Stead and he has vowed to more than double that in the second half of the season.

“I'm not complaining about six goals, but it should be more,” added Walters. “And I want more between now and next May.

“I can play in different positions, which is nice because it brings with it different responsibilities.

“After a disappointing start to the season hopefully we can push on and repay the support and loyalty our supporters have shown. Newcastle are the strongest team and they have a lot of Premier League players.

“But apart from them and maybe West Brom, there's not a lot of difference between any of the teams.

“This division is all about consistency and we've shown just that in the last few weeks.”

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