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Ben Garner

Assistant Head Coach

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Biography

Date of birth

19/05/1980

Signed

09/10/2015

Country

England

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 before Tony Pulis spotted his credentials as he began coaching at first team level during his spell there.

Pulis then re-engaged the young coach in October of his first year at Albion.

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