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John Ward



The vastly-experienced 66-year-old guided our Professional Development Squad to a league and cup double last season.

He boasts a wealth of experience, having managed over 700 competitive matches with seven different clubs in a coaching career spanning over three decades. 

A forward during his playing days, Ward spent nine years with his hometown team Lincoln between 1970 and 1979, scoring 91 goals in 240 league appearances. 

He also played for Workington, Grimsby and Watford, the club with whom he started his coaching career as assistant-manager to Graham Taylor in 1982. 

Ward followed Taylor to Aston Villa in 1987 and stayed for four years before leaving for York, where he was handed his first managerial position. 

He managed both Bristol clubs in the 1990s, guiding City to promotion from the Second Division as runners-up in 1997/98, and also became assistant-boss at both Burnley and Wolves. 

Ward won promotion with Cheltenham via the League Two play-offs in 2005/06, and later took the reins at Carlisle, Colchester and Bristol Rovers (again), the last club he managed.

He was appointed Walsall's Professional Development coach in September 2015.