Derby County have strengthened their First Team coaching set-up with the appointment of UEFA A License coach Kieron Wicks and FA Level 3 coach Rob Lund for the 2017/18 Premier League Northern Division season.
The Rams say the appointment of Wicks and Lund, joining Assistant Manager Jenny Simpson and Goalkeeping Coach Damien Morgan under Manager John Bennett, is a statement of intent as they look to improve on last season’s equal-best 5th place finish.
Director of Football Sam Griffiths believes the appointment of Wicks and Lund is a game changer and an exciting opportunity for the club as she said “The appointments of Kieron Wicks and Rob Lund are two of the biggest signings the club has made. Kieron is currently DCLFC Technical Director and Rob has worked in the female game for a number of years..”
New coach Kieron Wicks told DCLFC Media “It’s exciting to join the club and really happy to be involved. There are clear links now with the Regional Talent Centre (RTC) and we are working towards the goal of having the club in the Women’s Super League as soon as possible.
“Everything is now in place off the field and what we need now is for the hard work to be put in to get the football side of the game in check and both myself and Rob will be working hard with John, Jenny and Damo to further the opportunities for these players.”
Derby’s other recent appointments have seen Interim Development Team Manager Tommy Booth given the job on a permanent basis, while former Rotherham United boss Chris Sanders is the newly-named (U-18s) Foundation Team Manager, to be assisted by Tom Hodges who makes the step up from the U-16s.