Mansfield Town have named former player Mark Peters as head of academy coaching.
Peters, (pictured in his playing days right) played for the Stags between 1994 – 1999 and will work alongside academy boss John Dempster in the new youth set-up.
Mansfield have just been granted the Elite Player Performance Plan licence at category four level.
Peters said: “We’ve just been granted the EPPP licence from the Football Association so my role will be delivering the coaching (and taking) the philosophy of the club from the first team right the way down to the U9s.
“We (myself and Adam Murray, the manager) spent a full day together and we sat down and went through what the club wants from each player, both on and off the pitch. We discussed strengths and weaknesses of each player and how we’re going to work on the weaknesses and how we’re going to play as a team.
“It was a full in-depth process. I’ve then gone home and written that up into what will be the philosophy of the club and it’s a very thought out process. It’s very measured and if everyone buys into it then it’s a key to success at the club.
“We’re trying to develop a very, very professional culture. Everything the players do won’t be off the cuff, it’ll be thought through – right from what they eat to what they do in their spare time, to how they conduct themselves in public, the way that they conduct themselves in game etc.
“Everything we do will be as professional as possible to give them the best chance of breaking through to the first team.”