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Stoke Role For Ex-Town Captain Walters
Thursday, 22nd Feb 2024 14:54

Former Blues skipper Jon Walters has rejoined another of his old clubs Stoke City as technical director on an interim basis following the departure of Ricky Martin.

Martin’s position was called into question following the Potters’ poor performance this season, they sit 19th in the Championship, only three points off the drop zone, having made 24 signings.

A club statement announced that Martin, who previously worked at Norwich and West Ham, was leaving the club and that Walters, 40, who played for Stoke between 2010 after leaving the Blues and 2017, would be taking on the role temporarily.

“Ricky has worked tirelessly in his attempts to bring success to Stoke City, and I am appreciative of his hard work and dedication,” chairman John Coates told the club’s official website.

“With results on the field having fallen significantly short of our ambitions during the current season to date, we believe it is essential to take on a new direction. We will run a full and robust recruitment process with immediate effect.

“Jonathan is ideally suited to the interim role and I’m thankful to him for stepping in to support Stoke City, a club I know is close to his heart, at this time.”

Walters left his previous role as technical director of League One Fleetwood Town and also their sister League of Ireland club Waterford after six months last summer.

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OldFart71 added 15:01 - Feb 22
Walters was a superb player recommended by the players after I believe an FA Cup game in which he played against Town. Would have been with the club longer but for Roy Keane and a fallout over time away from the club as his child had been born. Typical Keane. A great player, but no manager of men.

JewellintheTown added 15:35 - Feb 22
Inevitable for Ricky Martin to leave, what with "Livin' la Vida Loca" and all that.

BlueandTruesince82 added 15:38 - Feb 22
Tbf he was upside inside out in the role

Europablue added 16:45 - Feb 22
He's going to need some pipes and some smooth moves to fill the position well.

Suffolkboy added 20:49 - Feb 22
Too true OF71 — and RK actually lied about the circumstances on Radio Suffolk!
Yep, JW starred and caused some challenge at P Rd in the FA Cup ,when I think he played for Chester ?
We observed that night how he’d fit in at ITFC ,and what a whole hearted player he proved ; supporters liked very much what we saw !
Best of luck JW !

bobble added 06:40 - Feb 23
didnt the idiot dark lord banish him to mordor ?

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