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Southampton talent finder Crocker to join FA

Southampton are set to lose academy coach Matthew Crocker to the Football Association.

The man who was massive in the development of such players as Gareth Bale, Theo Walcott and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at St Mary's will move into the head of coach and player development role with the FA.

"Matt will leave us with the best wishes of everybody associated with the club," Southampton chairman Nicola Cortese said in a statement.

"He has given Southampton seven years of hard work and dedication and played an important part in developing the academy that we have today.

"Although we are sad to lose a talented member of staff, it is an honour to see the work of a Southampton employee recognised by the FA. We are ranked as the best academy for producing players for the English national teams, so it is no surprise that they have turned to Matt for this vital role.

"Matt will be hard to replace, but we expect serious interest from exceptional candidates who will be desperate to work for an Academy with a reputation such as ours."

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