Jonathan Walters on Alex Morris' promotion to the first team

Stoke City have recently made some new backroom changes, with Alex Morris stepping up to become a first team coach.

Therefore, Ryan Shawcross is now going to lead the U21s supported by Liam Lawrence, while Dave Hibbert remains in charge of the U18s alongside Darren Potter.

Speaking to BBC Radio Stoke's Matt Sandoz, interim technical director Jonathan Walters admitted that he couldn't be happier to have Morris with the senior squad.

"Alex is a top quality coach and a lot of people speak very highly of him outside of Stoke City, some top international managers. I know what qualities he can bring.

"Alex is Stoke through and through as well. He lives and breathes this football club, so he's a great asset to have in that first team dressing room.

"The manager is in complete agreement with it that he's a very experienced coach. He's up on the gantry on a matchday anyway, but to be on the training pitch and have more eyes, he's a very well thought of coach to have that. We need to utilise him more so it's all about the first team."

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