Harrogate Town appoint former Chelsea, Derby County and Northern Ireland striker onto coaching staff

FORMER Derby County, Chelsea and Northern Ireland forward Kevin Wilson has been appointed as the new academy lead professional development phase coach at League Two club Harrogate Town.

Wilson, 63, takes over from former centre-half Rory McArdle, who recently vacated the position. He will be supported by assistant development phase coach Tom Hullock.

Wilson made over 600 appearances in a 22-year playing career before heading into management.

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He has previously managed Northampton, Ilkeston and Nuneaton.

Kevin Wilson. Picture courtesy of Harrogate Town AFC.Kevin Wilson. Picture courtesy of Harrogate Town AFC.
Kevin Wilson. Picture courtesy of Harrogate Town AFC.

On his appointment, Wilson commented: "Youth development has always been a process I have enjoyed.

"Seeing players like Che Adams come through Ilkeston to play internationally gives you great pride and having seen the boys here, we’re hopeful that we can get a few professional contracts through to Simon (Weaver) in the first team.

"I’m trying to give them the career that I had as there’s no better career than being a professional footballer. There’s a lot of work needed and a lot of attitude and application required, but we’ll certainly be working hard with them.

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"The players here are very talented, but you have to make sure your attitude and application is right. We are trying to mould good people, give them good values, make sure they are disciplined and organised, giving them the best opportunity to go forward with their career.

"It’s important we look after them, make sure there’s a process afterwards as well if they don’t continue with the club."

Wilson will take charge of his first match on Saturday as Harrogate under-18s take on Chesterfield in their first pre-season fixture.

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