Simon Rusk is on course to end a nine-year association with Brighton and Hove Albion by becoming the manager of National League side Stockport County, reports Andy Naylor.
The 39-year-old under-23s coach is set to succeed Jim Gannon, who was sacked by Stockport on Thursday.
Who is Simon Rusk?
Rusk was a midfielder at Boston United, York City and Crawley Town during his playing career.
He has been under-23s coach at Brighton for six years after three years as under-18s coach.
Rusk will now become the Stockport manager, making his first step into a role as a first-team boss.
What will he be remembered for at Brighton?
He has helped developed several young players who are either in Brighton’s Premier League squad or out on loan.
These includes such names as Robert Sanchez, Ben White, Steven Alzate and Aaron Connolly, Jayson Molumby (Preston), Leo Ostigard and Viktor Gyokeres (Coventry) and Haydon Roberts (Rochdale).
Is there anything else I need to know?
Plenty. Rusk revealed his ambitions to be a No.1 in an interview with The Athletic’s Andy Naylor in November.