Guy Branston leaves loans role at Leicester City

Branston came through the ranks at Leicester as a player

Branston came through the ranks at Leicester as a player

GUY BRANSTON has left his role as PDP Loans Manager at Leicester City to become an agent.

The 43-year-old joined the Foxes as an Academy coach at the end of 2017 before being appointed to the new loans role a year later. Leicester are currently advertising for a replacement, who will “support the identification of loan opportunities through an in-depth analysis of football league clubs and their own network of individuals across the football landscape.”

Branston was Director of Recruitment and Development at Chesterfield from April to October 2017 ahead of his move to Leicester.

The former centre-back, who made more than 400 senior appearances, came through the ranks at Leicester as a player, although he didn't make a senior appearance for the club. One of his Academy coaches at Leicester was Jon Rudkin, who is now the club’s Director of Football. Branston’s new role is with the agency Omnisports.

In other news, Ben Petty has been appointed as Leicester's permanent Under-23s Head Coach, with Leon McSweeney as his assistant. The duo had been doing the roles since the departure of former U23s boss Steve Beaglehole, who had been with the club for more than two decades.

The full list of Leicester’s Academy staff is below. In one other interesting change, Alistair Heath left his job as U14s lead in November to become manager of Angkor Tigers in Cambodia.

The club are also advertising for a Player Care and Personal Development Officer to work with Paul Wassell, who heads the department.



  • Academy Manager: Ian Cawley
  • Head of Academy Player Development: Paul McGuinness
  • Head of Academy Coach Development: Paul Cheney
  • Head of Emerging Talent: Steve Travis
  • Head Academy Scout: Bill Wall
  • Head Academy Performance Support: Oliver Morgan


  • U23s Head Coach – Ben Petty
  • U23s Assistant: Leon McSweeney
  • U18s Head Coach: Adam Barradell
  • U18s Assistant: Stephen Kirby
  • Lead Academy Goalkeeping Coach: Glyn Thompson
  • Academy Goalkeeping Coach (U9-U16): Ryan Hudson & Amro Khalid
  • Lead Youth Development Phase Coach (U13-U16): Matt Goodwin
  • Assistant Lead Youth Development Phase Coach (U13-U16): Rodney Ballantine
  • U16s Lead: Matt Rains
  • U15s Lead: Steve Healy
  • U14s Lead: Stuart McClarty
  • U13 Leads: Ash Johal
  • Lead Foundation Phase Coach (U9-U12): Richard Keeling
  • Assistant Lead Foundation Phase Coach (U9-U12): Leroy Moore
  • U11 & U12s: Shamus Beaglehole
  • Pre-Academy Lead Coach and Coordinator: Mark Lyons
  • PDP Loans Manager: TBC


  • Lead Physiotherapist: Dan Dagia
  • Physiotherapists: Jordan Ward, Nabil Shah, Patrick Noubissie & Tom Gibson, Joe Watchorn
  • Lead Sport Scientist: Gary Capes
  • U23 Sport Scientist: Perry Nosek
  • U18 Sport Scientist: Chris Organ
  • Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach: Michael Cheverton
  • Performance Nutritionist: Harriet Bates (to end of season)
  • Lead Sport and Exercise Psychologist: Karl Steptoe
  • Academy Doctors: Prithish Narayan and Aseem Rahman


  • Lead Performance Analyst: Ryan DeFreitas
  • U23 Performance Analyst: James Hume
  • U18 Performance Analyst: Hannah Beare
  • Performance Analysts: Jack Hall-Martinez & Harbir Rana


  • Head of Academy Education: Matthew Clarke
  • Safeguarding and Welfare Officer: Dale Bradshaw
  • Head of Player Care and Personal Development: Paul Wassell (plus one more TBC)

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