Grimsby Town have confirmed the appointment of Adam Smith as the new Manager of the Youth team, following Robbie Stockdale’s move to Sunderland.
Smith has worked at the Club for over five years and currently holds the Academy Manager role for the under 8-16’s.
He is known to have been a driving force behind the Club’s player development programme at the Oasis Academy, Wintringham. He has also coached the full-time Apprentices and supported the First-team during his spell at the Club.
Smith’s familiarity for the role (he previously headed up the Youth-team in a Caretaker capacity, when Neil Woods was made First-team Manager) made him an obvious choice for the Grimsby board according to the Mariner’s joint boss Rob Scott.
“Adam is excellent at his job,” said Scott. “He has come into the Youth team and has got ideas which are very similar to ours – his standards are exactly where we would like them to be for the Youth team.”
“Adam has taken over that role because continuity is important, but also because of his high standards.”
Smith and Goalkeeping Coach Steve Croudson will also work with the Mariners’ re-formed Reserve side.
“After a bit of upheaval at the Club, with Robbie leaving, we’ve had to re-jig everything,” added Scott.
“We’re pleased with how that has been done. Paul and I are very happy with Steve and Adam overseeing the Reserves. We will pick the team and discuss tactics and what we want out of it, and they will take the side on a match-day.”