Stoke City hero Nigel Gleghorn is returning to the club to help bring through the next generation.
Gleghorn helped Stoke win the Division Two title and get to the cusp of the Premier League as an influential midfielder under Lou Macari in the 1990s.
Now aged 58 and a highly-rated youth coach, he is joining the Academy on a part-time basis to work alongside Josh Brehaut at under-16s level.
He joins former teammate Kevin Russell as well as Liam Lawrence, another promotion winner, and director Gareth Owen in a set-up which is well blessed for people who know what it takes to play for the first team.
Owen said: “Nige has come back and he’ll be working the under-16s, which we think will be a good combination with a good, young up-and-coming coach in Josh.
“He brings a vast knowledge of the game and a great affiliation with the football club. Hopefully he can pass on his gems of wisdom to the next generation.
“You can see him in the demonstrations too that he can still drop a ball on a sixpence like he used to do. We’re lucky to have him.”
Gleghorn, who left Stoke in 1996 just after a near-miss in the play-offs, has long worked for the FA and briefly had a spell at former club Manchester City since hanging up his boots, as well as managing Newcastle Town and Nantwich.
Former players Mama Sidibe works for the club too in recruitment while Andy Wilkinson and Jon Walters help young players deal with the mental side of the game.
“We’ve got a good group of former players who know the club well, all had a different pathway to the Stoke first team and bring a vast knowledge of the game itself,” said Owen.