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Kevan returns to Stoke as academy coach

Dave Kevan has been welcomed as new Stoke City academy manager.

The 42-year-old Scotsman, who spent more than 12 years as a player, coach and caretaker manager in his initial spell with the Potters, has been appointed to the position in the Academy following Adrian Pennock's elevation to first team duties in the summer.

"Dave's coaching experience and his long association with the Football Club made him the ideal candidate for this role," City's Chief Executive Tony Scholes told the club's website. "He returns to the Club at the start of a very important new era for the Academy.

"We have already established excellent facilities at Clayton Wood and now the investment is being made in developing a coaching and recruitment structure which will give us the best possible chance of unearthing home-grown first team players.

He added: "We also have to ensure that we meet the criteria of the Elite Performance Plan which the Premier League are currently working on.

"That will have a big impact upon how we develop our young players in the future and therefore we are putting in place our plans now."

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