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Manchester City appoint Thomas Krucken as new Academy Director



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Manchester City have officially appointed Thomas Krucken as the club’s new Academy Director.

The 46-year-old, who has a wealth of experience working throughout elite German football, will replace Jason Wilcox at the City Football Academy and become the club’s new Academy Director.

Wilcox resigned in January to become Southampton’s new Director of Football, and was credited with overseeing the development of Manchester City first-team stars Phil Foden, Cole Palmer and Rico Lewis.

Thomas Krucken is the current Academy Director at Bundesliga side VfB Stuttgart, and has previously worked at a series of German clubs, as well as Manchester City for a short period between 2000 and 2001.

The 46-year-olds past clubs include; Mainz, Hoffenheim, Arminia Bielefeld, Hertha BSC and FC Koln.

The new Manchester City Academy Director acted as a caretaker manager at Mainz in 2018, where Krucken also held three managerial roles within their academy.

Upon joining Manchester City, the newly appointed Academy Director, said: “This is an opportunity I could not turn down. Everyone knows Manchester City have one of the best Academy set-ups in world football.

“The chance to come here and build on their amazing work of recent years is one that really excites me.

“Everything City’s Academy stands for matches my values. They play an outstanding style of football, defined by keeping the ball and attacking the opposition. It’s brilliant to watch.

“But they also place heavy emphasis on producing good human beings. This Academy is designed to ensure young players are not only technically proficient with high football IQ, but also well educated, respectful and thoughtful.

“It’s exactly how an Academy should be set up and I can’t wait to get started and introduce some new ideas and practices.”

The City Football Academy is boasted as one of the best in the world, with the Manchester City EDS winning the Premier League 2 title for a third successive season last year.

Speaking about the appointment of Krucken, Manchester City’s Director of Football Txiki Begiristain, said: “Thomas is a great person who has an excellent track record in youth football.

“He has a vision for where our Academy needs to be over the next five to ten years. His ideas match with ours, which is a great starting point.

“Over recent years, our Academy has produced so many top-class players. Some have made their way into the first team and others have moved on and are having successful careers elsewhere.

“We are very, very proud of our track record. I believe Thomas can build on that success and make us even better.

“We will provide him with everything he needs to ensure our Academy remains the best and I can’t wait to start working with him.”

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