Brentford's Wilson appointed Set Piece Analyst at Manchester City
Written by Simon Austin — November 8, 2022
JACK WILSON is leaving Brentford after two years to become First Team Performance Analyst for Set Pieces at Manchester City.
The role was advertised on TGG Jobs in October and will involve “delivering reliable analyses” to Set Piece Coach Carlos Vicens, enabling “actionable insights for all coaches and players.”
Wilson joined Brentford as Assistant First Team Performance Analyst in September 2020 and has also worked for the Irish FA, Hearts and Dundee United.
The Bees are pioneers of specialist set piece coaching and analysis. Their first set piece specialist coach, Nicolas Jover, joined Manchester City in the summer of 2019. The Frenchman is now part of Mikel Arteta’s inner circle of coaches at Arsenal.
Speaking on the TGG Podcast in January, Brentford Director of Football Phil Giles said: “Our first set piece coach, Nicolas, went to Man City and is now at Arsenal; our next set piece coach, Andreas Georgson, ended up at Arsenal and is back in Sweden (as Sports Manager at Malmo), so they can quickly move on.
“There are these guys floating around and we’ve been early adopters, but it’s a bit difficult to talk about exactly what we do right now without those guys being the target of the next Man City and Arsenal!”
Wilson, who replaces Dylan Jones (now at West Ham), is the latest piece in City’s new-look analysis department.
Harry Dunn is Head of Analysis, having taken over from Piet Cremers at the start of the season. Ryan DeFreitas arrived from Leicester City in September in the new role of Performance Analyst for Training.
Craig Nosworthy is Opposition Analyst, Sam Astley Performance Analyst and Daniel Wright the Performance Data Analyst.
The department is ultimately headed by Performance Director Simon Timson and liaises closely with the Football Intelligence unit, headed by Brian Prestidge. As reported by David Ornstein in The Athletic, Wilson will leave Brentford this week and start work with City during the World Cup break.