Paul Revington replaces Danny Kerry following his 17 years at the helm ©Getty Images

Paul Revington has been appointed as the new head coach of the England and Britain men’s hockey teams.

Revington, who is joining from a technical director position at Malaysia Hockey, replaces Danny Kerry who resigned in January after 17 years at the helm.

"I feel privileged to be afforded the opportunity to lead the Great Britain and England men’s teams in their next chapter of international hockey," Revington said.

The South African has previously served as head coach of Britain’s women’s Elite Development Programme, assistant coach to the women’s senior teams and is a former International Hockey Federation World Coach of the Year.

"Our coaching and management team enters an environment filled with opportunities," he remarked.

"A national club league showing exciting growth potential, a healthy pool of athletes thanks to a successful Great Britain EDP programme; a squad containing a competitive mix of youth and experience and a national team having taken positive strides forward in the Tokyo cycle.

"Added to this is an exciting time for all three home nations as they look to excel over the coming months and compete at international events including the Commonwealth Games and World Cup."

Paul Revington will coach the England's men's team at the Commonwealth Games ©Getty Images
Paul Revington will coach the England's men's team at the Commonwealth Games ©Getty Images

Revington’s wide range of experience also includes taking South Africa to the Athens 2004 Olympic Games as head coach, being the Ireland men’s head coach from 2008 to 2012 and leading the Malaysia men’s team between 2012 and 2014.

The appointment panel included representatives from England and Britain Hockey, Catriona Semple and Kate Baker of UK Sport, former England Rugby head coach Stuart Lancaster and former international players.

"We are delighted that Paul will be returning to the UK to lead the England and Great Britain men’s international teams," said Ed Barney, the performance director of England and Great Britain Hockey.

"He has a number of exceptional skills, qualities and super-strengths which align incredibly closely with the role brief and the criteria that we set out for this appointment.

"The men’s squad and breadth and depth of talent is exceptional and we know the team are well placed to take their next step on the world-level podium."