Stoke City appoint new academy director - the role may be even more crucial in the coming season

1 May 2019

Stoke City
Photo: Getty Images The Potters face a new season in the Championship and must rely more on academy players.

The Potters face a new season in the Championship and must rely more on academy players.

36-year-old Gareth Owen is new academy director.

Nikolaj Babis Nielsen contact@offthepitch.com

Stoke City have appointed former player Gareth Owen as the club’s new academy director. Owen is replacing Gareth Jennings, who leaves the club next month. 36-year-old Owen has been a member of the club’s academy coaching staff since 2013 as lead coach of the foundation phase (U8s to U12s) and has also been assisting with the coaching of the U18 side.

CEO of Stoke City, Tony Scholes, is happy with the appointment:

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