City boss on his backroom team…
STOKE CITY are pleased to confirm the appointment of Kevin Phillips, Callum Davidson, Rory Delap, Mark Sale, Dave Carolan and Joe Carnall to manager Gary Rowett’s backroom team.
Phillips, Davidson, former Potters star Delap and Sale will operate as first team coaches, with Phillips, Davidson and Delap working specifically with strikers, midfielders and defenders respectively.
Carolan is Head of Performance and Carnall Head of Tactical Insights. Andy Quy will continue in his role as goalkeeping coach.
Davidson joins the Club after a spell working as assistant manager at St Johnstone in his native Scotland, while the other five arrive from Rowett’s former club Derby County.
Rowett said: “When I joined the Club I highlighted which people would be able to come across with me and who would suit Stoke City and then I also had to think about where I could add a specific skill set to move us forward.
“It was a very easy decision in some ways in bringing Mark, Dave and Joe in straight away. I worked with Kev at Derby and felt he brought a great deal to the strikers and was really, really good at what he did.
“I also felt there was a gap where we wanted to do something a little bit different and that’s where Callum comes in. He has been a friend of mine for a long time, since we played together at Leicester, and whenever we speak we talk about football."
“The fact that he was earmarked for involvement with the Scotland set-up speaks volumes and I spoke to a few people about his coaching ability and felt he would be a really interesting one to bring in and freshen things up.
“Rory will work predominately with the first team but because of his affinity with the Club he will dip down to help with the development of the U23s and U18s.
“I think it’s a really good balance. All the guys we have brought in are first and foremost very good at their jobs but they are also passionate about bettering themselves.”