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Dean Rastrick

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Norwich Career: 2006-2010 (Assistant Academy Manager)
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Nationality: English


Dean Rastrick joined Norwich City in early August 2006 as Assistant Academy Manager. He signed from Derby County, where he was also assistant academy manager. The 30 year old, originally from Woodbridge in Suffolk, will work alongside academy manager Ricky Martin, mainly looking after players aged between nine and 16.

“Dean will take on the responsibility of working with the players within the schoolboy age groups and will also oversee communications between the parents and coaches between these age groups,” said Martin. “I'm obviously delighted to have him on board. The role of the academy is to produce first team players and I'm sure Dean will help us in this area.”

Rastrick said: “This club has a great tradition of producing young and talented players and hopefully I can help continue that tradition. This club has a lovely feel to it and the whole football department is very close, from the manager all the way through to academy level.”

Dean left the Canaries in July 2010 to take up a similar role at Tottenham. His replacement at Colney was Gary Holt. he was promoted to the role of Academy Manager at Spurs.

He left Spurs in June 2023 after 13 years “to pursue new challenges and opportunities".

Rastrick said: “I've had an amazing 13 years at the club and feel privileged for the responsibility and support I have been given throughout my tenure – I am immensely proud of what we have achieved. The club has given me the opportunity to operate at the highest levels of youth football across Europe and the world and to build strong relationships with our domestic stakeholders at UEFA, FIFA, the ECA and various partners across the globe. I have been very fortunate to have worked with some incredible staff, people and young players throughout my journey and sit proudly and watch them thrive and flourish, be it here or elsewhere, as elite players, coaches or members of staff. “What is also very rewarding has been watching the development of our staff and players and a sense of pride at the journeys they have been on as people, not just footballers. At this stage in my career, I feel it is the right time for me to move on and I will always look back at my time at Tottenham Hotspur with great pride and affection.”

In December 2023 Rastrick joined the Professional Game Academy Audit Company (PGAAC) as a Leadership and Management Auditor. PGAAC was set up in 2018 to provide independent quality assurance of club Academies. Auditors carry out four-day site visits to clubs and the areas they assess are: leadership and management, coaching, performance support, education, player care, safeguarding, medical and emotional wellbeing.

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