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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.


Tucker returns to Swansea

Adrian Tucker has returned as goalkeeping coach at Swansea City.

The 41-year-old, who held the position from 2009 to 2014, had been at Sunderland for the last three years.

However, he left at the end of the season after their relegation to League One.

Tucker replaces Tony Roberts, who has left to work with Chris Coleman at Hebei China Fortune.

Meanwhile, Under-23 goalkeeping coach Andrew Sparkes has departed after six years to join the Orlando Pirates in the MLS.


Davies joins West Brom as Fitness Coach

Nick Davies has been appointed as Fitness Coach at West Brom - his third club in a year.

The 40-year-old, who was Head of Sport Science at Norwich City for four years, was released by West Ham last month.

He is latest addition to Darren Moore’s backroom team and travelled with the Baggies for their pre-season training camp in Portugal last week.

“I didn’t know Darren before taking the job, but I know we’ve got lots of mutual friends in the game who have obviously been colleagues of both myself and him,” Davies said.

“Everybody speaks so glowingly of him, which is one of the reasons why I was so keen to meet up and see what his vision was - and I was really impressed.”


Peters leaves Watford

Jeroen Peters has left Watford after less than a year to become Head Physio at FC Utrecht in the Dutch Eredivisie.

Peters joined the Hornets in July 2017 as Head of Performance Therapy. He had previously worked for Dutch giants Ajax.

He is the second departure from Watford's medical department inside a week, after sport scientist Erik Svendsen left for Crawley Town.

You can see the Watford staff profiles HERE.


Lewis joins Norwich from Manchester United

Norwich have appointed Manchester United's Matthew Lewis as their new senior performance analyst.

Lewis had been with United since October 2017 as a recruitment analyst.

Prior to that he was a tactical analyst with Derby County.

Lewis will report into Head of Performance Analysis Lee Dunn.


Svendsen moves from Watford to Crawley

Watford sport scientist Erik Svendsen has been appointed as a fitness coach at League Two Crawley Town.

On LinkedIn, he posted: "After five incredible seasons at Watford I had my last day today. I am proud to have been part of a club from the Championship to three seasons in the Premier League.

"Having worked with some really good people it has definitely shaped my practice and philosophy going forward. Now on to Crawley Town FC and the exciting project of taking this ambitious club into the future!"

Svendsen joined Watford in July 2013, initially working with the Academy before being promoted to the first team two years later.

See the Watford staff profiles HERE.


Wiseman appointed S&C coach by Exeter

Andrew Wiseman has been appointed S&C coach by Exeter City following almost three years with Celtic Women.

New boss Matt Taylor said the role was new to the club and would focus heavily on recovery and injury prevention.

“We won’t see the results straight away, but 12 or 18 months down the line we will see the benefits," Taylor said.

“Injuries have cost us at key times over the last couple of seasons, so we are trying to minimise the amount of time that happens.

“It will take a little time to get used to for some players. It’s not about lifting weights and running them to start with, it’s about injury prevention.

“Recovery, sleep patterns, nutrition, that is his area of expertise that we as football coaches don’t have time to look into."

Wiseman added: "It’s a good, young, side with a real development emphasis.

“From talking to Matt, I know I will be working closely with the Academy staff and help to integrate some of the younger players into the first team.

“Recovery is crucial and for me it’s about having a look at the players. Every player is different so there is no real blanket approach and we know the benefits of sleep both physiologically and psychologically.”

Chris Weale has replaced Mel Gwinnett as goalkeeping coach and Dan Green has been promoted to U23 boss.


Dunn leaves Blackburn

Blackburn legend David Dunn is stepping down from his position as assistant manager of the club’s Under-23 side.

Dunn, who made 378 appearances for Rovers, assisted Damien Johnson last season as the U23s won the Premier League 2 Division Two title.

First-team manager Tony Mowbray said: "He came to me two or three before the end of the season and said that it was his intention that he wanted to leave.

"I think he really enjoyed his period working with Damien, they were a very entertaining, well coached and well drilled team with some very good individual players.

"He came to me two or three before the end of the season and said that it was his intention that he wanted to leave.

"I asked David to go away over the summer, reconsider and told him not to rush making a decision to walk away from football.

"He says that he's got a young family, he's got some business interests. He feels for the work he puts in and the rewards he gets, the Under-23s assistant coach job is not giving him enough back at the moment.

“He's made the decision and I'm disappointed he's going.”

There are no plans at this point to appoint a replacement.


Blake joins Dalian Yifang

Jason Blake, the Director of Football Operations at UCFB, has joined Chinese Super League side Dalian Yifang as Assistant Academy Director.

Blake, who was Academy Manager at Burnley for five years, had been at UCFB since August 2016.


Stevens promoted by Crystal Palace

Ben Stevens has been promoted to head of performance and recruitment analysis at Crystal Palace.

Stevens was previously head up of performance analysis alone. Prior to joining Palace in January 2015, he worked for Newcastle United and Southampton.

You can see the Crystal Palace staff profiles HERE.


Johnson appointed Guyana boss

Former Birmingham and Derby County player Michael Johnson has been appointed head coach of Guyana.

The 44-year-old was hailed as the most qualified coach in the country's history and came armed with references from Sven-Goran Eriksson and Dan Ashworth as he beat off competition from 200 candidates.

Johnson holds the Uefa Pro Licence, all FA Youth modules, the LMA diploma in football management and the Uefa Executive Masters. Furthermore, he is taking part in the Masters of Sport Directorship course at Manchester Metropolitan University.

"It’s not just about results, it’s also about helping to grow the infrastructure of the country regarding coach education, youth talent, and the possible links between our nations - that’s what’s exciting,” Johnson said.


Hill and Eyre join Barton at Fleetwood

Steve Eyre and Clint Hill have been appointed first-team coaches at Fleetwood Town.

They join new manager Joey Barton, who officially started in the role this weekend.

Hill, who has now retired from playing after a spell at Carlisle United, was a team-mate of Barton's at QPR.

Eyre, who was manager of Rochdale and most recently first-team coach at Chesterfield, played alongside Barton for the Manchester City Academy.


Parks lands Watford job

Tony Parks has been appointed lead Academy goalkeeping coach at Watford.

The hugely-experienced coach has previously worked with the first teams at Tottenham, Norwich and Aston Villa.

He was also national goalkeeping coach for the Football Association for six years from 2002.

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