Tony Annan will be the new Atlanta United Academy Director after the club announced today that Richard Money will be leaving the club. Money accepted a position as the Academy Manager for Norwich City.
Annan has been the club’s Academy Manager since the inception of the program. In addition to that role, he has been coaching the U16 squad to a #1 ranking in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy this season.
Carlos Bocanegra said:
“Having worked alongside Richard from the beginning and with his extensive youth development and coaching experience, Tony is a natural fit for the Director role. The Atlanta United Academy will continue to grow as the premier youth development program in MLS under his leadership.”
Annan’s new role will include oversight of all aspects of the academy program including planning, curriculum development, strategy, structure and organizational operations.
Money said that returning to the UK is what is currently best for his family. He said:
“It’s been a special experience building a program in a country, city and league that are all new to me, and I’m proud at what we have accomplished in a short period of time. I have great respect for the club’s leadership and am grateful for their understanding and support. I look forward to following their success this year and beyond.”
So far, the academy program has had thirteen players called up to youth national teams along with four currently in residency with the U17 U.S. National Team.