Jon Grey appointed Swansea City’s academy manager
Swansea City is delighted to announce Jon Grey as the club’s new academy manager.
The 44-year-old’s appointment follows the promotion of Mark Allen as sporting director last month.
Grey will work closely with sporting director Mark Allen, while Ryan Davies will now become head of coaching in the academy.
“Jon is the perfect person to take on this role,” said Allen. “His association with Swansea City goes back to his formative years as a young scholar and professional, and he is passionate about the club.
“He forged himself a great career as a coach here and played a huge part in the development of many young players who have gone on to play in the first-team both here and at other clubs.
“This appointment is one that has come from within the club and I’m thoroughly looking forward to working closely with Jon moving forward.”
Grey has had a long association with the club after joining the Swans as a scholar when he was 14 before going on to sign a professional contract.
Despite injury forcing him to abandon a career in the professional ranks, Grey returned to the club in a part-time capacity in 2009 with the academy.
After securing a full-time coaching role in 2012, he went on to become Under-18s coach in 2016 before taking on the position of head of coaching in the summer of 2019.
During his time in the academy Grey worked alongside Anthony Wright with the Under-18s as they finished a credible sixth in the Premier League South – the top-flight of academy football – at the end of the 2017-18 season.
“I’m absolutely delighted,” said Grey. “I’ve worked at the club for a long time now and undertaken many different roles within that period.
“I’ve learnt a lot from Mark since he arrived here in January and he has been very supportive to everyone within the academy.
“He has driven the standards up and I’m really looking forward to continuing that and keep striving towards the academy developing players to play for the first-team at Swansea City and continuing the club’s tradition of giving young players opportunities.”