July 19, 2024

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Former Ipswich Town defender Richard Keogh has returned to Blackpool to became a first-team coach at the League One side

The 37-year-old, who spent time with the Forest Green Rovers and Wycombe Wanderers, declared his retirement from professional football this summer.

Before going to Ipswich in the summer of 2022, Keogh played for the Tangerines at Bloomfield Road for the entirety of the 2021–2022 season, making 31 appearances.

Having begun his career at Portman Road, he played 16 games in all for Town, helping the Blues gain promotion back to the Championship in 2023. As a member of Neil Critchley’s backroom team, he now begins his coaching career, taking over for Iain Brunskill, who left Blackpool to work with Neil Lennon at Rapid Bucharest, Romania.

The former Republic of Ireland international will also work alongside Mike Garrity and Steve Banks at the club as they look to improve on last season’s eighth place finish in the third tier.

On his appointment, Keogh said: “I’m delighted to be coming back to Blackpool, and grateful to the gaffer, David Downes and the owner for this wonderful opportunity.

“I’ve known for some time that once I hung up my boots I wanted to focus on coaching. I’ve been working hard for a number of years on my badges, and feel now is the right time to get back into the game, and to do that at a special club like Blackpool gives me a great feeling.

“Despite being at the club for one season as a player, I felt a real connection with the supporters, and could see just how much the club means to the people here.

“I hope to help the players as much as possible as we collectively strive for a successful season.”

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