STOKE CITY’S players were greeted by a familiar face when they reported back to the Britannia Stadium for pre-season training today.
Dave Kemp was back in the role of assistant manager to fill the position vacated by Peter Reid’s recent departure to Plymouth Argyle.
City boss Tony Pulis was left looking for a new number two when Reid landed the manager’s job at Home Park and so he immediately turned to the man who has been a key member of his coaching staff in both spells in charge of the Club.
Kemp vacated the assistant’s role 12 months ago to take up a scouting assignment across North and South America from his California base.
But he has answered the call of duty to resume a partnership with Pulis which has played such a big part in the Club’s success in recent years.
“It’s just as if Kempy has never been away and that makes this such a smooth transition,” exclaimed Pulis in welcoming back his number two.
“He seemed the natural choice when we were faced with the task of finding a new assistant and I am delighted to have him back here.
“This is such an important role for a manager. You need someone with a wealth of experience in that position who knows the Premier League.
“In that respect, Kempy has so much to offer and it’s good having him around again. He has a good eye for what is going on in matches and isn’t scared to voice his views.”
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