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HATTERS APPOINT RYLAND MORGANS AS TECHNICAL COACH

Former Liverpool, Everton and Wales man joins the Town staff

13 September 2019

Graeme Jones has completed the recruitment of his backroom staff with the addition of another internationally renowned coach, Ryland Morgans.

The 42-year-old Welshman joins the Hatters as technical coach, having previously worked in the Premier League with Swansea City, Crystal Palace, Liverpool and Everton, and in the Championship with Cardiff City.

Morgans, a UEFA Pro Licence holder, has also worked with the Wales squad that took Euro 2016 by storm and is currently assistant manager to Ibrahim Kamara with the Ivory Coast national team – a role he will continue to combine with his Kenilworth Road duties.

Manager Jones said: “Ryland has a fantastic CV – an elite CV – working at the top level of the game. He was with Brendan Rogers at Swansea and Liverpool as head of performance, then he was with Sam Allardyce at Crystal Palace and Everton as performance director, but with technical and tactical responsibilities.

“I felt that we needed to increase the coaching staff if we were going to affect units and affect individuals.

“Ryland is someone whose career I’ve followed, certainly from competing with the teams that he’s been involved in. He’s probably best known for his period as head of performance with the Wales national team that got to the Euro 2016 semi-final, so we are talking about a guy with a really, really strong CV, someone who is used to elite level coaching.

“I’ve been speaking to him for a while now, and I’m delighted to have him on board.”

Morgans started out as an apprentice central midfielder at Leicester City, before moving into Non-League football with Newport County AFC, Merthyr Tydfil and Welsh Premier side UWIC.

The latter was while studying at what is now known as Cardiff Metropolitan University for a degree in Sport and Human Movement, a Masters in Coaching Science and a PhD Science in Football.

“I’ve always coached fitness and performance along with the tactical and technical side of football, so I’m flexible to whatever Graeme, the rest of the staff and players need from me,” said Morgans, who has been a coach educator for the FAW for almost two decades.

“I’m really looking forward to working at a club that has been on the up for so long, and has started the Championship season really well.

“I’ve been watching closely while in talks with Graeme and I’ve been excited by what I’ve seen, even more so now I’m here and have been able to work with those players out on the grass.”

Welcome to Kenilworth Road, Ryland!


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