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McElhone named assistant manager of Bradford

Former Tottenham fitness coach Anton McElhone has been appointed assistant manager at Bradford City.

Although McElhone holds the Uefa A Licence, his previous experience has been as a fitness practitioner and the appointment shows the fusing of different disciplines in the modern game.

McElhone worked for Spurs for 10 years before joining New England Revolution - manager by Brad Friedel - as Head of Fitness last December.

He said: “I have been good friends with [manager] David (Hopkin) over the years and we have very similar ideas on how we want to do things.

“My job is to assist the gaffer in the philosophy of how he wants the team to play. We need to get the most out of every department – technically, tactically, physically.

Hopkin added: “I am absolutely delighted to be welcoming Anton to the club. He has worked at a high level for several years and he will bring a great deal to Bradford City.

“I have been looking to bring Anton to the club for a few weeks now and he was keen to come here following a stint in the United States.”


Brighton promote analyst Hudson to first team

Sam Hudson has been promoted to first team performance analyst by Brighton.

He had previously been lead performance analyst with the Academy since January 2016.

Brighton staff profiles


Simon Davies returns to Peterborough

Former Premier League player Simon Davies has returned to Peterborough United to take up his first coaching role.

Davies, who won 58 caps for Wales, will assist Professional Development Phase lead Matthew Etherington.

The duo began their careers together at Posh before a joint £1.2m move to Tottenham in December 1999.

Former PDP coach Sam Darlow recently left the club after more than 11 years to “challenge myself further, experience a different environment and hopefully enhance the development of the new players in my care.”


Liverpool extend throw-in coach's contract

Liverpool have extended the contract of Danish throw-in coach Thomas Grønnemark by a further six months.

Grønnemark, who we interviewed at the start of September, was originally contracted until the end of December. This has now been extended until the end of June 2019.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been delighted with the impact the specialist has had on his squad.


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.

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