Ferguson replaces Plunkett as Head of Coaching at Reading

Michael Gilkes and Anthony Ferguson

Michael Gilkes and Anthony Ferguson

ANTHONY FERGUSON has left AFC Wimbledon to become Head of Coaching at Category One Reading.

He replaces Carl Plunkett, who left the Royals to become Head of Coaching at Crystal Palace in February.

Ferguson has a wide range of experience in both education and coaching. He worked for the Football Association for almost a decade, latterly as a county coach developer, and was a coach at Tottenham’s Academy for six years. Since December 2019 he has been Head of Academy Coaching at AFC Wimbledon.

Originally he trained as a teacher though, and was also a producer at Radio London and the CEO of Conflict & Change, a voluntary organisation aiming to build bridges between communities in the London borough of Newham.

Reading Academy Manager Michael Gilkes told TGG: “Head of coaching is a very prestigious role with lots of responsibility. We were very fortunate to have a lot of high-class candidates with a wide range of experience and knowledge.

“Anthony was very clear regarding his beliefs and ideas and I am in no doubt he will improve our coaching staff, as well as having a positive impact on all the players through the age groups.

“Reading have been consistent in producing players and our relationship with the first team is very transparent. Anthony’s appointment will only enhance that and I am very pleased he has become a member of our high-level Academy staff.”

Ferguson, who started the role on July 12th, added: “The reception I’ve had here has been fantastic and the resources we have to work with are superb.

“We are focused on trying to developing great human beings as well as great footballers.”

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