Bryan Klug

Bryan Paul Klug (born 8 October 1960) is an English former professional footballer and coach. He is currently the Head of Coaching and Player Development at the Ipswich Town Academy.

Bryan Klug
Personal information
Full name Bryan Paul Klug[1]
Date of birth (1960-10-08) 8 October 1960 (age 60)
Place of birth Coventry, England
Position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Ipswich Town (academy manager)
Youth career
1977–1980 Ipswich Town
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1983 Ipswich Town 0 (0)
1980Wimbledon (loan) 11 (0)
1983–1984 Chesterfield 34 (2)
1984–1985 Peterborough United 39 (2)
1988–1989 Sudbury Town
1989 Chelmsford City 5 (0)
Total 89 (4)
Teams managed
2002 Ipswich Town (caretaker)
2009 Ipswich Town (caretaker)
2018 Ipswich Town (caretaker)
2018 Ipswich Town (caretaker)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Playing career

Born in Coventry, Klug began his football career as an apprentice with Ipswich Town. He joined Wimbledon on loan[2] in March 1980, although after subsequently returning to Ipswich he still did not get to play a league game for them.[3] Therefore, in August 1983 he moved to Chesterfield,[3] finishing his Football League career with Peterborough United, before moving to non-league with Chelmsford City.[4]

Klug played in the FA Vase final for Sudbury Town vs Tamworth in 1989, crossing for Dave Hubbick to head home after 7 minutes. The match ended 1–1.

Coaching career

Klug returned to Ipswich as a youth-team coach in 1987. He worked his way up through the youth coaching system over a number of years, eventually becoming director of the newly formed academy at Ipswich in 1998. The Ipswich academy experienced years of success under Klug's management, producing a high number of first-team players graduating from the youth system, whilst also winning the FA Youth Cup in 2005.[5]

Following the appointment of Jim Magilton as manager of Ipswich in the summer of 2006, Klug became Magilton's assistant.[3] Working with the first-team alongside Magilton until 2009. In January 2009, Klug took on a new role as Head of Football Development, with him overseeing coaching development, scouting and fitness throughout the first-team and academy at Ipswich.[6]

He took over as caretaker manager of Ipswich on 22 April 2009, following the sacking of Magilton.[7] However, a day later, Roy Keane was appointed as manager.[8]

In January 2010, it was announced that Klug had been sacked from the club after new manager Roy Keane decided to trim the staff at the club.[9]

After leaving Ipswich, he joined the coaching set up at Tottenham Hotspur, overseeing the coaching of the Premier League side’s academy schoolboys up to the age of 16.[10] Klug worked his way up to become the assistant academy manager and head of player development at Tottenham. He left his role at the Tottenham academy in June 2012 to return to Ipswich to become the club's academy director.[11]

Following the departure of Mick McCarthy towards the end of the 2017–18 season, Klug was made caretaker manager for the final four games.[12] On 30 May 2018, Paul Hurst was announced as full-time manager, replacing Klug.[13]

In October 2018 Klug was again made caretaker manager at Ipswich, following Hurst's sacking after Ipswich winning just once in 15 games.[14]

Personal life

In May 2013, Klug completed his seventh marathon, after running the Edinburgh Marathon, having also previously run the London and New York City marathons to raise money for local charities.[15]

Managerial statistics

As of match played 27 October 2018
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref.
Ipswich Town (caretaker) 10 April 2018 30 May 2018 4 1 1 2 025.0 [16]
Ipswich Town (caretaker) 25 October 2018 27 October 2018 1 0 0 1 000.0 [16]
Total 5 1 1 3 020.0


  1. Hugman, Barry J. (2005). The PFA Premier & Football League Players' Records 1946–2005. Queen Anne Press. p. 353. ISBN 1-85291-665-6.
  2. Neil Brown player stats – MK/Wimb
  3. Stats at Pride of Anglia
  4. Neil Brown player stats – Peterborough
  5. "Klug on Cup Win". TWTD. 23 April 2005. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  6. "Town Confirm New Role For Klug". TWTD. 12 January 2009. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  7. "Magilton sacked as Ipswich boss". BBC Sport. 22 April 2009. Retrieved 22 April 2009.
  8. "Keane appointed Ipswich manager". BBC Sport. 23 April 2009. Retrieved 24 April 2009.
  9. "Klug Sacked". TWTD. 12 January 2012. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  10. "Klug's Tottenham Move Confirmed". TWTD. 20 July 2010. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  11. "About the Adademy". Tottenham Hotspur. Retrieved 16 May 2011.
  12. Warren, Andy (11 April 2018). "Klug takes caretaker charge of Ipswich Town after McCarthy's departure". East Anglian Daily Times. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  13. "Paul Hurst: Ipswich Town name Shrewsbury boss as Mick McCarthy's successor". BBC Sport. 30 May 2018. Retrieved 30 May 2018.
  14. "Paul Hurst: Ipswich Town sack manager after less than five months". BBC Sport. 25 October 2018. Retrieved 25 October 2018.
  15. "Academy Duo Run Marathon". TWTD. 28 May 2013. Retrieved 25 September 2020.
  16. "Managers: Bryan Klug". Soccerbase. Centurycomm. Retrieved 26 September 2020.