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Ex-Ireland international Mark Kennedy returns to Man City in a coaching capacity

He leaves Ipswich after six years.

Kennedy spent two seasons at City.
Kennedy spent two seasons at City.
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MARK KENNEDY IS returning to Manchester City after taking up a role with the club’s academy.

The former Ireland international managed Ipswich Town’s U21 side for the last number of seasons but has decided to return to City where he spent two years as a player.

Kennedy, who won 34 caps for Ireland, retired in 2012 and instantly went into coaching when he was offered a role on the backroom staff at Ipswich.

The 40-year-old spent six seasons at Portman Road between playing and coaching and Mick McCarthy said the club were ‘disappointed’ to see him leave.

After spells with Millwall, Liverpool and Wimbledon, the Dubliner moved to Maine Road in 1999 and went on to make 77 appearances for the club.

He joins Alan Mahon, who is Manchester City Women’s assistant manager, at the Etihad Stadium.

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