Jon Whitney was appointed Walsall manager on a three-year deal in June 2016 following a successful caretaker spell.
Born in Nantwich, Whitney made almost 200 Football League appearances as a defender for Huddersfield, Wigan, Lincoln and Hull, but was forced to retire due to injury in 2001, aged 30.
He first joined the Saddlers in 2003 as a physiotherapist and has since held various different coaching, fitness and sports science roles.
Whitney became part of former manager Dean Smith’s coaching team and took temporary control of first-team affairs following Sean O’Driscoll’s departure in March 2016.
After guiding Walsall to third in League One and a place in the play-offs in 2015/16, he was handed the reins on a permanent basis that summer.
An enthusiastic and passionate person, Whitney led the Saddlers to 14th last term, his first full season in charge.