THE man charged with tending to the turf used by the England football stars of today and tomorrow has been rewarded for his hard work – with a promotion.
Bosses at St George’s Park, near Burton, have revealed that current head groundsman Alan Ferguson has been handed the role of head of grounds and estates.
The Scotsman won the new role for his sterling in work in helping to get the national football centre’s pitches ready for its opening last year, and for his continued work at the site.
A spokesman for St George’s Park told the Mail: “We can confirm that Alan is set to take up a new role at the centre which will see him take up a wider-ranging remit.
“The search has now begun to find a new head groundsman to carry on his great work.”
It is believed Mr Ferguson’s new role will include the development of additional facilities in and around St George’s Park.
The Mail revealed in 2011 that Mr Ferguson would take on the role of head groundsman at the football centre. He left his award-winning role at Championship side Ipswich Town to do so.
He was voted ‘Groundsman of the Year’ seven times during more than a decade at the Suffolk club.
The person taking over the groundsman post will have 330 acres to look after at St George’s Park, which includes the parkland surrounding the pitches.
In the past he has also undertaken consultancy work for UEFA, the Football Association and leading construction companies, all of which have added to his vast experience.