LUKE WIL­LIAMS FACTFILE

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Born: Lon­don, 1980 (Age 35) A school­boy at Nor­wich be­fore join­ing Bris­tol Rovers as an ap­pren­tice, Wil­liams left the Gas with­out mak­ing an ap­pear­ance and sub­se­quently played Non-League foot­ball for Ash­ford Town. Se­ri­ously in­jured at the age of 20, Wil­liams spent three out be­fore re­tir­ing to years con­cen­trate on coach­ing – first with a role in West Ham’s Kickz scheme, then as an FA Skills coach, where he worked on a pro­gramme de­signed to fight child­hood obe­sity. In 2008, he joined Ley­ton Ori­ent’s youth team un­der Dean Smith while si­mul­ta­ne­ously man­ag­ing the academy at Non-League Witham Town. Ap­pointed to lead Brighton’s newly-formed de­vel­op­ment squad in 2009, he saw a string of young­sters grad­u­ate to the first-team, among them Rohan Ince and Eng- land Un­der-21 star Jake Forster-Caskey. He then joined Swin­don in 2013 and was Mark Cooper’s as­sis­tant as the Robins reached the 2015 play-off fi­nal, ul­ti­mately los­ing to Pre­ston. He was re­tained when Cooper was re­placed by Martin Ling, and Ling’s res­ig­na­tion in De­cem­ber led to Wil­liams be­ing asked to man­age the club the un­til the end of the sea­son.

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