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First Team Manager

Graeme Jones

First team staff

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Biography

Date of birth

12/03/1970

Signed

07/05/2019

Country

England

Former Swansea City, Wigan Athletic, Everton, Belgium and West Bromwich Albion assistant-manager who took his first job as a number one at Kenilworth Road in May 2019 on a three-year contract.

The 49-year-old Geordie is a former striker who enjoyed a 15-year playing career with the likes of Doncaster Rovers, Wigan, Southend United, Boston United and Bury in the Football League, as well as St Johnstone, Clyde and Hamilton Academical in Scotland, after working his way up from Non-League football with Newcastle Blue Star, North Shields and Bridlington Town, as well as a summer season playing in Sweden.

It was at Wigan that he shone most brightly, his 33 goals in the 1996-97 Division Three (now League Two) title winning campaign earning him the league’s Golden Boot, before winning the Auto Windscreens Shield with victory over Millwall at Wembley in 1999.

It was also at the north-west club that he first met Roberto Martinez, a team-mate with whom he would go on to build a glowing reputation as one of the most experienced assistant managers in the game.

Graeme worked as the Spaniard’s number two for 12 years, first winning League One at Swansea and spending a season in the Championship, then for four seasons back at by-now Premier League Wigan, with whom he won the FA Cup against Manchester City in 2013.

He worked for another three in the top-flight with Martinez at Everton before moving into international football with the star-studded Belgian national team.

It was after spending two years helping Martinez and Thierry Henry leading the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku to the World Cup, achieving the bronze medal as semi-finalists in Russia last summer, that he returned to English football to become assistant head coach to Moore at West Brom following their relegation from the top-flight.

With the Hatters having in recent years closely followed a career that has seen Graeme work at all levels of the game, with those who know him best maintaining that he has always remained grounded, the board quickly identified him as their number one target from the first moment the vacancy opened up.

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