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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.


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.

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