Notts County’s Paul Hart has agreed to become Nathan Jones’ assistant manager at Stoke City.
Hart returned to Meadow Lane last year to take on the role of technical director, with a keen focus on Notts’ academy and development set-ups.
But he has now accepted an offer from Jones, who he helped guide Luton Town to promotion last season, to become his right-hand man at the bet365 Stadium.
Hart said: “While I am tremendously excited for the challenges ahead with Stoke City, I am sad to be leaving Meadow Lane.
“Notts County is a club very close to my heart and, especially with the current predicament, this is not a decision I took lightly.
“I have, however, seen first-hand the hard work and determination of Neal Ardley and Neil Cox, along with everyone else at Meadow Lane, to put things right and I would like to wish the club every success for the rest of the season and beyond.”
Notts owner and chairman Alan Hardy added: “This is a magnificent opportunity for Paul and we were not going to stand in his way.
“It’s been a pleasure working with him and his knowledge and experience have been a big help to us.
“We wish him and Nathan the very best of luck in their new challenge.”