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Halsall Crosses West Midlands Divide

Mick Halsall has left his position as Head of Youth at Walsall to become a Youth coach at Wolverhampton wanderers.

Halsall had been with the Saddlers since 1998 and will make the short trip across the Black Country to become the Assistant Academy Manager / Under 18’s coach at Molineux.

Mick takes over from John Perkins, who left Wolves for Derby towards the end of the season, and was set to join the U18’s heading out to the Gothia Cup tournament in Sweden.

Academy Manager Kevin Thelwell said,

“We’re delighted to have Mick on board in what is a fantastic appointment for the Club, Mick is one of the best developers of youth talent in the country and is very well respected in the game.”

In a Walsall Club statement, Chief Executive Roy Whalley said:

“It was disappointing to receive his resignation. We have decided not to stand in Mick’s way. His resignation has been accepted and he will be allowed to leave the Club and take up his new position.”

He continued:

“We acknowledge the excellent work that Mick has done over the years for our Youth Development programme and we wish him well for the future.”

Halsall worked for over a decade in the Youth set-up at the Banks’s Stadium, but took on a more senior role when then manager Colin Lee appointed him as first-team coach in 2004.

Earlier this year, Halsall rejected the chance to leave the League One side to become the Academy Manager at Stoke City.

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