Manchester City have announced the appointment of Paul Harsley as the new coach of their elite development squad.

The 40-year-old – who represented clubs including Port Vale, Macclesfield and Scunthorpe during his playing career.

Harsley held a similar role at Barnsley, where he was also briefly caretaker manager in February.

Manchester City have announced the appointment of Paul Harsley as elite development coach

Manchester City have announced the appointment of Paul Harsley as elite development coach

Manchester City have announced the appointment of Paul Harsley as elite development coach

Harsley succeeds Simon Davies, who has now moved to the position of head of coaching under-13s to under-23s at the club.

Academy director Jason Wilcox told the Manchester Evening News: ‘We are delighted to welcome Paul to the role of EDS manager.

‘He is a forward-thinking coach who has had an extensive playing career and comes to us with an excellent reputation of working with young players.

‘He is a great addition to our coaching staff and he is inheriting a talented group of players.’ 

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