Nottingham Forest have appointed Kevin MacDonald as lead professional development phase coach.
The Scotsman, who has been with the academy since the beginning of pre-season and led the training camp in Valencia, will take charge of The Reds’ Under 18s team.
Academy manager Gary Brazil said: “Of all the work we’ve done at the academy throughout the summer this is the most significant signing we’ve made.
“Kevin comes with a very strong reputation for developing young players, especially from his time managing Aston Villa’s Under 21s. He has a reputation for helping academy players become professional footballers and it’s fantastic to have him on board.
“He’s exactly what we want right now and we’re very lucky to have him.”
MacDonald arrives shortly after the appointment of Jack Lester as Under 18s coach, and Brazil believes the former’s experience will benefit Lester and everyone else at the academy.
He said: “Not only have I already noticed a significant improvement in the players, it’s clear to see Kevin also has a very good way with his staff.
“People like Jack are very new to the coaching world and I think Kevin will be brilliant for him. He’s somebody who will challenge Jack’s thought processes as he begins to develop his own coaching philosophy.
“I’m sure everybody is going to learn a lot from him.”