Dave Kemp has returned to Stoke as assistant manager following Peter Reid’s recent departure to take charge of Plymouth.
City boss Tony Pulis was left looking for a new number two when Reid landed the manager’s job at Home Park and has turned to Kemp.
He vacated the assistant’s role at Stoke 12 months ago to take up a scouting assignment across North and South America from his California base.
But Kemp has now resumed his partnership with Pulis.
Pulis said: “It’s just as if Kempy has never been away and that makes this such a smooth transition.
“He seemed the natural choice when we were faced with the task of finding a new assistant and I am delighted to have him back here.
“This is such an important role for a manager. You need someone with a wealth of experience in that position who knows the Premier League.
“In that respect, Kempy has so much to offer and it’s good having him around again.
“He has a good eye for what is going on in matches and isn’t scared to voice his views.”