Man City name Barnsley's Harsley new U23 boss

Harsley arrives from Barnsley

Harsley arrives from Barnsley

MANCHESTER CITY have appointed Barnsley’s Paul Harsley as their new Under-23 manager.

He replaces Simon Davies, who has been named Head of Coaching for the U13s to U23s.

Academy Director Jason Wilcox said: “We are delighted to welcome Paul to the role of EDS (Elite Development Squad) 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.”

Harsley was also U23 boss at Barnsley and had a brief spell as their caretaker manager earlier this year. He holds the Uefa Pro Licence and enjoyed a 17-year playing career, making 500 appearances with clubs including Port Vale, Macclesfield Town and Scunthorpe United.

Harsley has previously worked in the Academies at Scunthorpe and Birmingham City as well.

Gary Neville has previously explained why he sees U23 boss as one of football's toughest jobs.


  • Jason Wilcox: Appointed Academy Director in October 2017 after Mark Allen left to become Director of Football at Glasgow Rangers. Previously Head of Academy Coaching.
  • Simon Davies: Head of City’s Elite Development Squad since December 2015, when Patrick Vieira left to take charge of sister club New York City. Now Head of Coaching for U13s to U23s.
  • Paul Harsley: EDS (U23s) coach. Held same position at Barnsley, where he also had brief spell in charge of 1st team.
  • Gareth Taylor: U18s coach. Has held the role since July 2017, having previously been U16s boss.

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