MARTINEZ BUILDS STOKE CITY BACKROOM TEAM
Assistant Manager: Kevin Davies
Kevin is a man I've known for a very long time, and a man who I know has been looking to get into coaching since he left Bolton Wanderers a few years back. He has a great knowledge of the game, and he also knows how to graft in the lower leagues after relegation at Bolton and then playing in League One at Preston North End. Kev will assist me and I have given him the opportunity as the Championship is a good starting point for all coaches. I'm sure he'll probably go on to be a successful manager himself in the future, he has the talent. We paid off the rest of Kev's playing contract at Preston to bring him in as my assistant manager at Stoke.
First Team Coach: Ray Wilkins
Ray has a wealth of footballing experience and knowledge of the game like no other. He has coached QPR, Fulham, Chelsea, Watford, Millwall, England Under-18s, Chelsea again, and Fulham again. Tactically fantastic and a great defensive coach, Ray would be a tremendous asset to any club. I look forward to working with him on the training ground.
First Team Coach: Edgar Davids
Edgar Davids is a European legend in the world of football, an absolute icon, and it's a dream to have him on my coaching staff. His first coaching position was at Barnet where he took the role of player/manager, before moving on to become a coach at Notts County in 2015. I decided that Edgar was the perfect man to have teach the lads at Stoke how to play certain ways of the game, his methods match mine and it's a pleasure to have him on board.
First Team Coach: David Court
Dave is an Arsenal legend, and had been a youth coach down there since Arsene Wenger took over. He became unemployed and decided to retire from the game in 2013, but I rang David and explained what we wanted, and he was all too happy to jump at the chance and be appointed coach at Stoke City. One of the most tactically genius coaches in the modern game, 72 year old David Court is someone I will lean on for advice an awful lot of the time.
First Team Coach: Dennis Lawrence
Dennis came with me from Wigan to Everton. He is a fantastic coach in all areas and it's a pleasure to be working with him again. Dennis will be overseeing training sessions where we need to work on specifically defensive matters. He is an approachable coach and one that the players will grow to love and trust. An excellent signing for the club.
Goalkeeping Coach: Joe Corrigan
Joe Corrigan is one of Manchester City's all-time great goalkeepers, and has been a goalkeeping coach since 1984. Once a Stoke City player and coach, it's good to have him back on board at the club and meeting him for the first time was a pleasure. Joe retired from playing here before becoming goalkeeping coach over 30 years ago, and now the 67 year old will work with our goalkeepers from the age of 16 and up.
Goalkeeping Coach: Andy Quy
Andy has been at Stoke since 2008 and was the only coach that kept his job after the sacking of Mark Hughes. I certainly wasn't going to sack him as his credentials live up to a high standard. Andy will work alongside Joe Corrigan with the keepers.
Fitness Coach: Steve Black
Steve is a fitness coach adaptable to all ball sports. He has been fitness coach most notably with the British & Irish Lions rugby team, working with the Newcastle Falcons in Rugby too. He tends to follow 2003 England Rugby World Cup hero Jonny Wilkinson, as Wilkinson believed Black was the best fitness coach in the world. Mark Hughes brought him in to work with Stoke's footballers, and he has previously worked in football with Huddersfield Town. A fine fitness coach who will be in an integral part of my coaching staff, I didn't feel the need to change this position.
Head Physio: Nick Worth
Nick Worth is an experienced physiotherapist who will come in to manage the treatment given to our players. He will compile fitness reports and organise the best possible treatment for our injuries. Nick is a key part of my backroom team.
Physio: Chris Banks
Chris was already part of the backroom team when I arrived here in May, and will work under the management of Head Physio, Nick Worth.