Stoke City hero Liam Lawrence has rejoined the club, taking a coaching job in the academy.
The promotion-winning winger will take charge of Stoke’s under-15s side, the club has announced today.
That represents a first job in coaching for the 38 year old and builds on the club’s strong links with former players.
Rory Delap and Mama Sidibe, who played alongside Lawrence for Stoke, are also members of the backroom team at the Bet365 Stadium. All three helped City win promotion from the Championship in 2007/08, then helped establish the club in the Premier League.
Lawrence left City in 2011 after scoring 24 goals in 125 League and Cup games for the club over four seasons. But the former Republic of Ireland international still lives locally and has remained a keen observer of City, not least through his role as a popular matchday summariser for BBC Radio Stoke.
The club confirmed Lawrence’s return this afternoon, saying: “Stoke City are delighted to announce that former Potters favourite Liam Lawrence has returned to the Club by joining the Academy coaching staff.
“Lawrence, who was named Player of the Year in the Club’s promotion season of 2007/08, has been handed responsibility for the development of the Under 15s squad.
“It is the 38-year-old ex-Republic of Ireland international’s first full-time coaching role and he will be joining ex-teammates Rory Delap and Mamady Sidibe, who are also members of the backroom team.
“Lawrence, who scored 24 goals in 125 league and cup appearances for the Potters, will take his first training session this evening.”