Stuart is an innovative soccer coach and scout with significant experience from grassroots to professional level, having progressed from regional to national to international roles as a figurehead for various organisations. His strong level of knowledge has led him to become a coach educator for the Football Association of Wales as well as having worked for the English FA as a regional coach mentor. Prior to the launch of Soccer Profile, Stuart worked as a coaching advisor in China for West Bromwich Albion FC and is currently working in a consultancy role for Brentford FC. Collectively these experiences have enabled Stuart to work with talent young players as well as making a valuable impact on coach education and player development.
After an 18-year career as a professional player, playing at every level in the English professional soccer pyramid. Garry was appointed interim player manager of Premier league, Swansea City FC in February 2014, following the departure of Michael Laudrup. His first game in charge was a 3-0 win against fierce local rivals Cardiff City FC and he also led the Swans into the last 32 of the Europa League. Garry also presided over Swansea’s Premier League safety and was awarded the manager’s job on a permanent basis in the summer of 2014. In Garry’s first full season as manager, Swansea finished in 8th position in the Premier League. The highest ever position and points tally in the club’s history. Garry left Swansea later that year but returned to management at Leeds United in the summer of 2016 where he helped guide the team to a seventh placed finish, the club’s highest finish in 7 years.
Garry opted not to extend his stay at Elland Road and was appointed Middlesbrough FC, Manager on June 9, 2017. Although only a short tenure at the club, Garry had managed to gain the 2nd highest win ratio of any manager in the club’s history after only 23 games before his departure.
Quickly back in management at Birmingham City FC, Garry took over the club with the team sat rock bottom of the English championship with only 11 games remaining. Through his guidance the team reached safety comfortably after securing 5 wins and 1 draw. The following season, Garry again had to lead the team through turbulent times after the club was placed in a transfer embargo and deducted 9pts for breaching Financial fair play rules. Despite this, Garry and the team were able to secure a comfortable 17th placed finish and most importantly keeping the clubs championship status.
Garry then moved on to manage Sheffield Wednesday FC, in the English championship. His time there involved many challenges, as the club were deducted 12pts (later reduced to 6) for breaking financial fair play rules and then further disrupted by Covid-19, before departing in November 2020.
Lee has accumulated invaluable experience working in various roles within the professional game for over a 15-year period, which included Academy Coach, Opposition Assessment Analyst, Head of Recruitment, 1st Team Coach and Assistant Manager. During the later stages of this period Lee obtained a Masters in Sporting Directorship (MSc).
Lee joined his current club, Brentford FC as Head of Recruitment in 2019, helping them achieve promotion to the English Premier League in 2021 and maintaining their status in the league the following season. In 2021 Lee was promoted internally to the role of Technical Director at Brentford FC and now holds a broader remit at the club, directing departments such as recruitment, analysis, player development, research and development whilst playing a key role in delivering the clubs long term football strategy.