Fleetwood Town have appointed former Icelandic international Gretar Steinsson as the club’s new technical director.
The 33-year-old joins the backroom team at Highbury and is understood to have a wide ranging remit overseeing all of the club’s football activities.
The former right back played in the Premier League with Bolton Wanderers before his career was cut short by injury during a spell with Turkish club Kayserispor.
Most recently he has been working in the Netherlands with AZ Alkmaar where he made his name as a player.
Despite that he is based in Blackpool where he lives with his family.
Steinsson is understood to have met a number of times with Town chairman Andy Pilley who is pleased to have his man onboard in what is a new position at the club.
Pilley said:“We were extremely interested to listen to his ideas and the knowledge and experience he has obtained during his whole career.
“It is key for the club’s future that we continue to build a strong infrastructure.
“Gretar, who already has a home on the Fylde Coast, will bring a great level of professionalism and shares the same ambitions and aspirations.
Steinsson added: “I am delighted to be joining such a progressive and forward thinking football club at such an exciting time.
“ I am relishing the challenge ahead.”
The appointment does not impact on the roles of manager Graham Alexander, who continues to coach and select the first team or director of football Stewart Murdoch who has a major say in the club’s player recruitment.
Town are not the first club in English football to appoint a technical director.
Norwich City made a similar move in the summer while Alan Curbishley has performed a similar role at Fulham in the past.
It is also a structure in place at Spurs where Franco Baldini was appointed in June 2013.