Assistant Head Coach
Date of birth
BEN Garner has triumped over adversity to reach a Premier League coaching position after serious injury cut short his playing aspirations as a youth prospect at Crystal Palace.
After fracturing and dislocating his ankle, Garner studied sport and exercise science at university before coaching junior teams, working in development centres and schools for Fulham and even cramming in a spell coaching in America's MLS for six months.
After the onset of arthritis in an ankle joint ended playing for good at the age of 25, he combined a job as head of boys’ P.E. at St. David's College in south London with coaching Palace's Under 11 Academy team.
He helped nurture a wealth of top talent including Wilfried Zaha, Victor Moses and Nathaniel Clyne during seven years with the Palace Academy. In 2012 he was appointed First Team Coach at Selhurst Park, helping Palace win promotion to the Premier League via the play-offs in his first season in the role.
Garner remained in that role when Tony Pulis was appointed as manager the following season - with the Eagles retaining their top-flight status with an 11th-place finish.
In October 2015 Garner was reunited with Pulis at The Hawthorns, where he was appointed First Team Coach, before climbing to Assistant Head Coach in September 2016.