Lincoln City have secured an agreement with Jez George to step up to Director of Football, as reported by their official site.
George has been Head of Football at the LNER Stadium, having joined on a short-term contract in 2018 to help oversee the development of the academy for The Imps. His work has seen a number of exciting developments, culminating in the recent emergence of Irish youngster Sean Roughan.
That role has grown, with the former Cambridge United manager also heavily involved in Michael Appleton’s player recruitment. Several new arrivals have spoken of meeting both George and Appleton over the summer, hinting at the wider role he has now been given.
The Imps’ Chief Executive Liam Scully lauded George’s role in the club’s development, calling him a ‘key member’ of the team.
“Jez has been a key member in the recent development of our football department, but most importantly has a critical role to play in our future,” said Scully.
“I am delighted we have been able to secure Jez’s services for the long-term, to work with the Board, Manager and senior football staff as we continue to build a football model that can bring the Club sustainable success”.
Lincoln have opened their 2020/21 campaign with a win and a draw, defeating Crewe Alexandra in the EFL Trophy on Saturday, before drawing 1-1 with Scunthorpe United on Tuesday night, taking a bonus EFL Trophy point on penalties.
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Jez George has been something of an enigma at Lincoln, taking a public backseat but playing a very important and prominent role behind the scenes. He has been instrumental in developing the academy, which is now attracting some fine talent from Ireland and has seen a number of youngsters given first-team squad numbers this season.
He was also a big influence in their turmoil of a year ago when successful former boss Danny Cowley left the club. Sometimes, a signing off the pitch is as important as one on it and George’s influence on the Imps fortunes should not be under-estimated.