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Long-standing Arsenal coach moves to Japan

Gerry Peyton, who was Arsenal goalkeeper coach for 15 years before leaving in the summer, has been appointed assistant at J-League side Shimizu S-Pulse.

The former Republic of Ireland international began his coaching career in Japan in the 1990s, with Júbilo Iwata and Vissel Kobe.


Man City therapist joins San Antonio Spurs

Manchester City sports therapist Massimo Simonetta has left the club after more than four years to join NBA side the San Antonio Spurs.

The Italian joined City in July 2014, having previously worked in basketball in his homeland, with Olimpia Milano, Virtus Bologna, Fortitudo Bologna and Basket Livorno.

Manchester City staff profiles


Leicester create new Head of Football Analytics role

Leicester City are recruiting for the new position of Head of Football Analytics, to “provide insight and guidance” to coaches, analysts and other stakeholders.

The successful candidate will be required to “consolidate raw data sources and build mathematical models” and have “significant experience of working as part of a professional sports organisation, or other sports-related industries”.

Experience of managing large datasets, producing high-quality data insights and visualisations for end-users is also required, as is a Masters or PhD in a numerate subject.

The job as is HERE.


Doncaster advertising for new Head Physio

League One Doncaster Rovers are looking for a new Head Physio.

Joe Sharp is leaving after 15 months to join another unnamed club.

The job ad is HERE.


Scarff appointed Academy Manager at Northampton

Kieran Scarff has left his role as Academy Manager at Doncaster Rovers to take up the same position at Northampton Town.

Scarff had been with League One Rovers since August 2016 and chief executive Gavin Baldwin said: “Although we didn’t want to lose him, it provides him with an opportunity to be closer to home and spend more time with his family."

League Two Northampton also have a Category 3 Academy. They placed 62nd in our Academy Productivity Rankings for 2016/17 - one place below Doncaster.

Rovers are advertising for a new Academy Manager.


Walsh joins Huddersfield from Aspire

Callum Walsh has started a new role as senior physical performance coach at Huddersfield Town following almost two years at the Aspire Academy in Qatar.

Walsh, who has previously worked at Wigan, Cardiff and Liverpool, posted: “A great experience at Aspire. Over the course of my time I’ve been fortune to work with some incredible bright, talented and hard working practitioners which have helped me developed both professionally and personally.”


Southampton hire analyst from Bristol City

Southampton have appointed Tobias Loveland as their new first team analyst.

Loveland had been at Bristol City since July 2014, working his way up from the Under-21s to senior technical recruitment analyst with the first team.

You can see the Southampton staff profiles HERE.


Moreno promoted to senior analyst by Huddersfield

Jansen Moreno has been promoted to senior analyst by Huddersfield Town.

The Gibraltarian joined Town in March 2017 from Norwich City as an opposition analyst.

You can see the Huddersfield staff profiles HERE.


Dodds leaves Southampton for Nottingham Forest

Daniel Dodds, who was Talent ID Manager at the Football Association for two-and-a-half years, has been appointed Head of Academy Recruitment by Nottingham Forest.

From December 2015 to April 2018, Dodds was responsible for talent ID for the England Under-15s and U17s. His stint included a World Cup win for the U17s last year.

He departed the FA in April this year when his department was revamped from talent ID to player insights, with the focus switching from traditional scouting to a data-driven approach, and joined Southampton as Emerging Talent Manager.

That role at St Mary's has lasted only four months following the move to Championship outfit Forest.


Head of International Recruitment leaves Reading

Head of International Recruitment Kev Scott has left Reading within the last 48 hours.

Scott was previously Head of Recruitment at Stoke City and Bristol City before joining the Royals.

The news comes in the wake of Sporting Director Brian Tevreden leaving the club for Belgian side KSV Roeselare. He was replaced by Gianluca Nani yesterday.

Since May 2017, Reading have new owners, a new CEO (Ron Gourlay), new manager (Paul Clement) and new Academy Manager (Ged Roddy).


Meek leaves Leeds after analysis revamp

Chris Meek has left Leeds United after more than four years following a shake-up of the analysis department.

The performance analyst joined the club in July 2014 to head up Academy analysis, before being promoted to the first team in June 2017.

He has now left to become a Professional Games Research Assistant at the Football Association.

Leeds' analysis department is now headed up by Spaniard Guillermo Alonso, who also worked with Sporting Director Victor Orta at Middlesbrough.

Alonso is assisted by compatriot Jorge Garcia, who joined in September 2017 and was previously with Atletico Madrid’s women’s team.

Former head of department Alex Davies is now a scout, as is former recruitment analyst Andrea Iore.

You can see the Leeds United staff profiles HERE.


Parks leaves Watford after four months

Former Tottenham, Norwich and Aston Villa goalkeeping coach Tony Parks has left Watford after just four months.

Parks, who also worked for the Football Association for 16 years, was appointed lead Academy goalkeeping coach by the Hornets in May.

However, the hugely-experienced coach has now departed. He said: "After some careful consideration I am leaving Watford to take a break from professional coaching.

"I would like to say a big thank you to Watford for the opportunity they gave me. I wish the club well for the future and will keep a keen eye on the the progress of the club."


George Boateng joins Blackburn as Academy coach

Former Aston Villa and Middlesbrough midfielder George Boateng has joined Blackburn as a full-time Academy coach.

Boateng, who won four caps for Holland, will be working with the Youth Development Phase, focusing mainly on the Under-13s.

The Uefa Pro Licence holder started working at the club yesterday and is on a permanent contract.


Holdsworth appointed PDP coach by Sheffield Wednesday

Andy Holdsworth has been appointed Professional Development Phase coach by Sheffield Wednesday.

Holdsworth, who will be responsible for the 17 to 23 ages, had been coaching at Barnsley for six years.

His last role there was as lead Development Phase Coach.


Sparks promoted to first team physio by Southampton

Steve Sparks has been promoted to lead rehab and movement specialist by Southampton.

The physio first joined the club in September 2010, from neighbouring Portsmouth, and has worked his way up the age groups in the Academy.

This is his first full-time role with the first team.

You can see where he fits into the Southampton backroom staff HERE.


Harper promoted to Academy lead GK coach by Newcastle

Steve Harper, Newcastle United’s longest-serving player of all time, has been appointed Lead Academy Goalkeeping Coach by the club.

Harper spent 20 years at St James' Park between 1993 and 2013, clocking up almost 200 appearances.

He replaces Chris Terpcou, who has moved to Arsenal to work with their U18 and U23 keepers.

Harper, who has coached at U9 to U16 level for the last two years, will report into Newcastle Head of Goalkeeping Simon Smith. Daniel García has taken on Harper's old job.

You can see Newcastle's first team staff profiles HERE.


Collison promoted to U18 lead by West Ham

Former West Ham midfielder Jack Collison has been promoted to Under-18 lead coach by the club.

Last July he returned to the Hammers - with whom he had made 121 appearances - as U14 and U16 coach. Collison had previously been working for Peterborough, where his playing career began.

A persistent knee injury forced the former Wales international to retire at the age of just 28.


Hollman appointed senior GK coach at Newport

Jim Hollman has been appointed senior goalkeeping coach at Newport County after leaving Northampton at the start of the month.

Hollman, who had been with with the Cobblers since January 2017, lives in south Wales and had wanted to work for a club nearer to home.


Rehab specialist Birdsall leaves Leeds

Injury and rehab specialist Dan Birdsall has left Leeds United after a year.

Birdsall joined United last July from Blackpool, where he was first-team fitness coach.

However, as part of a medical restructure that followed Marcelo Bielsa's appointment as manager, he has now departed.

As has previously been reported, head physio Steve Megson has also gone, with Henry McStay being promoted to take his place.


Day named goalkeeper coach at Northampton

Chris Day has replaced Jim Hollman as goalkeeper coach at Northampton Town.

Hollman, who had been with with the Cobblers since January 2017, lives in south Wales and wants to move on to a club nearer his home.

Day, 43, made more than 450 senior appearances in a 23-year playing career and combined coaching with playing at Stevenage.

Northampton boss Dean Austin said: “Chris is someone I know well who is ideally placed to be able to pass on his wealth of experience to the talented goalkeepers we have at the club.

“His playing days are behind him now, but he enjoyed a fine career as a player and he will be an important figure for us and a key member of our backroom staff.”


Director of Performance Norman leaves AS Roma

Darcy Norman is back in the United States after leaving his role as Director of Performance at AS Roma at the end of the season.

Having also worked with Bayern Munich and the German national team, Norman is a high-profile name in football performance.

He joined the Serie A side in June 2015 and it was mutually decided he leave at the end of his contract this summer. Ed Lippie has also left his position as Head Performance Coach for the club.

Maurizio Fanchini has come in from Sassuolo as S&C coach.


Harley named Chelsea U18 assistant

Former Chelsea defender Jon Harley has been promoted to Under-18s assistant by the club.

Harley, who made 42 appearances for the Blues as a player and is himself an Academy graduate, was previously U16 lead.

He will assist Andy Myers, who replaced Jody Morris as U18 boss earlier this summer.

Harley's predecessor, Ed Brand, has been promoted to assist Joe Edwards with the Chelsea development squad.


Kirk moves from Leicester to Sheffield United

Josh Kirk has been appointed first-team performance analyst by Sheffield United.

He joins after two years at Leicester City, where he was Academy performance analyst.


Fleming promoted to U23s at Southampton

Craig Fleming has been promoted from Under-18 coach to U23 assistant at Southampton.

The 46-year-old, who played for Norwich for a decade, had been in the U18 job for three years.

He will assist Radhi Jaidi with the U23s.


McGarry leaves Sheff Wed for Fleetwood

Liam McGarry has left Sheffield Wednesday to become Head Physio at League One Fleetwood Town.

McGarry had held the same position with the Owls since July 2017, following lengthy spells at Blackburn and Hull City.

At Fleetwood he will replace Russell Hitchen, who left at the end of the season to take on a full-time role with the University of Central Lancashire.

Hitchen had only been at the club since the end of February.


Phelan named Sporting Director of Central Coast Mariners

Ex-Hull City manager Mike Phelan has been appointed Sporting Director of Australian side Central Coast Mariners.

The 55-year-old, who was Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant at Manchester United, explained: “I will be in and out of the country, examining what other nations around Europe do, making connections on behalf of the Central Coast Mariners.

“I will be advising on all aspects of the football side of the club – looking at the youth structure, the academy set up, helping out with the first team environment.

“Trying to improve the facilities, the staff, the whole structure. Giving the Mariners options – then it depends on the owner if he wants to invest in that.”


Weir appointed loans manager by Brighton

Former Scotland international David Weir has been appointed as Brighton's first ‘pathway development manager’, responsible for all their players who are out on loan.

The likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City already have this role, which we wrote about HERE, but it is rare outside the Premier League's top six.

Head of Recruitment Paul Winstanley said: “With an increasing number of our younger players going out on loan, this is a particular area we feel it is important to develop.

“David will be responsible for working with those players individually and collectively, during pre-season and throughout their loan spells, to help their footballing development with the aim of helping them to play at the highest possible level.

“He will also monitor the senior professionals who are out on loan and feed back to Chris Hughton, the recruitment team and the club’s coaches at the relevant level.”

Weir, 48, is a former Everton, Rangers and Scotland defender who had a brief spell as boss of Sheffield United in 2013.

He was also assistant to Mark Warburton at Brentford, Rangers and Nottingham Forest.


Waller reunited with Gerrard at Rangers

Dr Mark Waller, who has been Hull City's doctor for the last five years, has moved to Rangers.

Waller worked with Gers boss during 17 years in his previous post at Liverpool.

Meanwhile, Hull's Head of Medicine and Performance, Rob Price, and their fitness coach, Ruben Crespo, has moved to Leeds United.

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