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Get to know Graeme Jones

1 August 2018

ASSISTANT Head Coach Graeme Jones adds a wealth of experience to Darren Moore's backroom staff.

He arrives at The Hawthorns just weeks after guiding Belgium to a third-place finish in the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Roberto Martinez's right-hand man in Russia, Graeme has worked alongside the Spaniard throughout his coaching career, most notably masterminding Wigan Athletic's 2013 FA Cup win against Manchester City.

The 48-year-old, who hails from Gateshead, also represented the Lancashire outfit during his playing career, making over 300 professional appearances in the lower leagues of English and Scottish football.

Close to 100 of those appearances came with Doncaster Rovers where Jones played alongside our Head Coach during the 1995/96 season.

And it's his 25-year friendship with Darren that leads him to his latest role at West Bromwich Albion.

Renowned as a predatory striker, Graeme moved from Rovers to Wigan in 1996 and still holds the Latics' club record for most goals in a single season - 33 in his debut campaign.

There his connection with Martinez first flourished, forging a close bond at Springfield Park in the 1990s. But it was at Swansea City in 2007 where the pair linked up for the first time as coaches, with Jones leaving his role as assistant manager at former club Hamilton Academicals.

By 2008, under Jones' guidance, Swansea had won promotion to the Championship as Champions of League One, finishing ten points ahead of runners-up Nottingham Forest.

The move to Wigan followed in 2009, where Jones secured Premier League survival for three consecutive seasons before lifting the FA Cup - his first major trophy - in 2013.

He followed Martinez to Everton two months later, before making the switch to international football with Belgium in 2016.

Splitting the stellar squad with fellow first-team coach Thierry Henry for training sessions, Graeme has worked with some of the biggest names in football.

He added a World Cup bronze medal to his expanding honours list in July.


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