Southampton Football Club is pleased to announce Kelvin Davis has been appointed as its new Football Development Executive.
Kelvin, who spent ten years with the club as a player and enjoyed a memorable testimonial match at the end of last season, will move into a new backroom staff role ahead of the 2016/17 campaign.
The former goalkeeper will provide support to the players in the first team and in the professional development phase (17-21), working closely with First Team Manager Claude Puel in the process.
Kelvin will work alongside Executive Director of Football Les Reed and the Club Secretary in communicating with the club’s professionals.
With young players being given the opportunity to progress on loan in the Football League, Kelvin will act as a main point of contact to aid their development away from the Staplewood Campus and ensure they very much remain a part of the club.
Acting as a club ambassador externally, Kelvin will also look to develop his coaching qualifications, ultimately leading to a long-term career in a football management capacity.
Speaking about his new role, Kelvin said: “It’s a very interesting role and it’s one I’m very excited about. It’s a new challenge for me and I’m very much looking forward to it.
“The main role for me now is to communicate with the manager, ensure that all the players in the first team are where they need to be and make sure there’s that link between the dressing room and the management staff.
“Being at the club for as long as I have and with the experience I’ve picked up, it’s important to pass that on to the younger players as they make their way towards the first team.
“I’m delighted to be staying with the football club. It’s a really exciting time for everyone concerned. I’m looking forward to playing a big part in helping the club continue its fantastic progression.”