Maurice Ross has been appointed as the new head of 18s to 21s at Motherwell Football Club.
The former ‘Well player has been appointed after a thorough search and interview process, during which he was identified as the outstanding candidate to help shape the emerging talents at the club.
Ross has had a well-travelled career to date, with spells as a player in England, Norway, Turkey, China and Scotland, including a six-month spell at Fir Park.
More recently, he has worked over a five-year spell as head coach at various clubs in Scandinavia, leading Norwegian side Sola FK to back-to-back promotions and winning the Faroese Super Cup with Víkingur Gøta.
“I am excited to get started,” said the 37-year-old. “Fundamentally I am going to be looking after the current Reserves side, monitoring the Under 18s and assisting with the first team.
“It is about education. At every opportunity, we have to be educating our youngsters. The ultimate aim is to get players into the first team for Motherwell.
“My immediate job is to get to know the players here, identify their traits and how I can help them progress.”
Ross replaces Stephen Craigan, who stepped down at the end of last year.
“We are delighted to have brought Maurice on board,” Motherwell manager Stephen Robinson said.
“He is a person who brings a fresh perspective to things and will prove invaluable both in helping our young players develop.
“He was very impressive on the training pitch. He has energy, showed great detail in his session and will bring fresh ideas to the club. I am looking forward to working with him.”
Chief executive Alan Burrows added: “We are very pleased to have appointed Maurice in this newly created role. We are at the final stages of reviewing our pathway at that level, but Maurice will play a key part in player development at what is clearly a critical age in a young player’s career.
“As well as his duties with the first team and the reserves, an important aspect of the role is working with Steven Hammell to provide continuity between the later stages of our Club Academy Scotland setup at Braidhurst and our professional teams.
“His remit from the board is clear and that is to develop our talented players to a point when they are primed for first team football. With his skill set, drive and determination, we believe we have the best man for the job.”