Everton can confirm the appointment of Carl Darlington as the Club’s new Head of Academy Coaching.
Darlington joins Everton after 17 years with the Football Association of Wales (FAW), the past 12 of which were spent as Head of Coach Education, setting the vision and strategy for the association and helping the FAW become one of the leaders in coach education.
Under his leadership, the likes of Mikel Arteta, Patrick Vieira, Steve Cooper, Thierry Henry, Tim Cahill and Chris Wilder were among the coaches to choose the Wales Pro Licence course.
At Everton, Darlington will be responsible for implementing and managing a coaching and player development programme across the Club’s renowned Academy, building on the existing philosophy in place. He will work closely with all the Academy Coaches, the Coach Educator and performance disciplines to ensure a collaborative approach to the development of the programme.
Darlington will also work closely with Academy Director, Gareth Prosser, who joined the Club this summer as part of an Academy restructure that has seen Paul Tait and Leighton Baines named Under-21s and Under-18s Head Coaches respectively, and James Vaughan appointed Loans Pathways Manager.
A UEFA Pro Licence coach and Assistant Pro Licence tutor, Darlington has also combined his roles with a successful career in club football including manager and assistant manager positions at Wrexham and TNS.
On his appointment, Prosser said: “We are delighted to appoint Carl, a hugely-respected coach who has proven his expertise over a long period of time.
“He was integral to helping Wales become a world-class coaching nation and is a leader in player development and coach education.
“Carl is another key appointment for our Academy as we place increased emphasis on the personal and player development as the key focus throughout Everton’s youth operation.”
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