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Jon Whitney

Manager

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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.

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