Cunningham joins Norwich as first-team S&C coach
LOUIS CUNNINGHAM has been appointed first-team Strength and Conditioning Coach at Norwich City after 18 months at Middlesbrough.
The former England amateur boxer joined Boro in January 2020 as Lead S&C Coach at their Category One Academy.
In April this year he worked with the first team. Prior to Boro, Cunningham worked for Sunderland’s Academy for five years.
Bettle appointed Performance Director at New York City
ENGLISHMAN Jeremy Bettle has been appointed Performance Director at MLS franchise New York City.
The native of Leicester, who did his undergraduate degree at Leeds Metropolitan University, is making his first foray into football after working in three different sports in the United States.
He was previously a video analyst and strength and conditioning coach for USA Rugby; Head of Strength and Conditioning for the Brooklyn Nets basketball team from 2011 to 2015; Director of Sport Science and Performance for the Toronto Maple Leafs NHL franchise from 2015 to 2019; and Director of High Performance for Los Angeles-based NHL team the Anaheim Ducks for the last two years.
Bettle outlined his career journey and beliefs in an interview with TGG in 2019.
He said: "After University I worked at David Lloyd Leisure and thought 'there has to be more to it than this'.
"So in 2003 I came over to do my Masters and PhD in Nashville. I only intended to be in North America for a year but it just progressed and progressed."
Strang promoted to become Cambridge's first Sporting Director
BEN STRANG has been promoted to become Cambridge United’s first Sporting Director in recognition of the “all-encompassing nature” of his current role.
Strang has been Head of Football for the League One newcomers since 2016, having previously been Chief Scout.
“I will continue to be responsible for overseeing and working with the relevant staff to strategically drive our recruitment, medical and sport science, analysis, Academy, football staff and player recruitment, as well as further strengthening our relationships with Cambridge United Women Football Club and St Neots Town Football Club,” Strang said.
“With the all-encompassing nature of the position, the owners and board feel that the title of Sporting Director is a more accurate reflection of the role.”
Majority Owner Paul Barry added: “I have worked with Ben for many years now and I am yet to meet somebody as thoughtful, diligent and meticulous in football.
“His working relationship with (manager) Mark Bonner has been a huge positive for us this season and the results have been self-evident.”
Head Coach Mark Bonner also recently committed his future to the club, as did Chief Executive Ian Mather.
King leaves Bournemouth to join Leicester City
JONNY KING has left Bournemouth after five years to become first-team physio at Leicester City.
King has had two stints with the Cherries. The first was as Head of Academy Sport Science and Medicine, from 2012 to 2014, before he returned as first-team physio in June 2016.
Prior to that he worked at Aspetar and Norwich City.
Writing on Twitter, King said: "This season marks the end of our time in Bournemouth, where it has been our home for seven amazing years!
Thank you to all the staff and players at Bournemouth for teaching me so much and for the incredible journey. We are looking forward to the next adventure."
Fleetwood's Lucas appointed Head of Academy Goalkeeping at Everton
FLEETWOOD’S David Lucas has been appointed Head of Academy Goalkeeping at Everton, while Ryan Shorrock has left his role as Head of Data and Analysis at the League One club.
Lucas had been first-team goalkeeping coach at Highbury since January 2013, having previously been a player for them.
Shorrock has been made redundant after almost four years with Fleetwood. He joined them from Blackburn Rovers in September 2017 as Head of Academy Performance Analysis and was promoted to Head of Data and Analysis in July 2019 under Joey Barton.
His departure sees the data and analysis department down to one member of staff - the Head of Performance Analysis Jakes Barnes - having previously numbered four a few months ago.
Data scientist Hayden Van Brewer left in April to become Head of Data at FC Cincinnati in the MLS, while Glen Cruickshank left a month earlier to become Head of Performance Analysis at Harrogate Town.
Costin appointed Head of Sport Science by Ipswich
IPSWICH TOWN have made another hire from Bristol City, with Andy Costin joining the League One club as Head of Sport Science and Insights.
Chief Executive Mark Ashton and Head of Performance Andy Rolls have already made the switch from Ashton Gate to Portman Road in recent weeks.
Now Costin, who was brought into Bristol City by Rolls in March 2020, has joined them.
In addition, Jon Ashton has joined from Stevenage as first-team fitness coach. The 38-year-old made more than 400 appearances for a number of Football League clubs including during his professional playing career.
Hayward leaves LA Galaxy and returns to UK
FORMER Wolves Head of Medical Phil Hayward has left LA Galaxy after 17 months and returned to the UK.
Hayward joined the MLS franchise in January 2020 after 12 years with Wolves and his title was Director of Performance and Sport Science. After a restructure of the performance department that followed the arrival of Greg Vanney as Head Coach, Hayward has now left by mutual consent.
Jim Liston is the Galaxy's Director of High Performance and Innovation, while Welshman Tom Williams is their Director of Sport Science. Both worked with Vanney at Toronto FC.
Hayward was Head of Medical at Wolves from September 2012 during a 12-year association with the club. In 2018/19, their first season back in the Premier League, Wolves had 99% player availability.
Bowyer appointed permanent manager of Salford City
GARY BOWYER has been appointed permanent manager of Salford City after arriving on secondment from Derby County in March.
The 49-year-old led the League Two team to 20 points from their final 11 games and was named Manager of the Month for April.
Bowyer, who was Under-23s assistant at Derby, said: “I’m really excited, it’s all happened very, very quickly and I’m delighted that it has.
“I have to thank Wayne Rooney and Derby County for their role that they have played in all of this, they’ve been magnificent for me.
“Now it’s a case of getting to work very quickly, everybody was very accommodating when I was here and made a real impression on me in the short space of time so it was a very easy decision.”
The Rams have not yet replaced Bowyer, with Senior Professional Development Phase coach Pat Lyons in sole charge of the U23s.
Quin leaves Watford after a decade
HEAD of Coaching Barry Quin has left Watford after more than a decade as the club continue to revamp their youth operation.
A TGG revealed two weeks ago, Academy Manager Richard Thomas has left the club after two years. Quin had initially stepped up to fill in until a permanent appointment was made, but now he too has been relieved of his duties.
Quin joined the Hornets in 2010 from Brentford, where he had been Head of Youth Development for 14 years.
He was Under-18s and U21s coach at the club before becoming Head of Coaching and Youth Development.
Analyst Kaye leaves Cambridge to join Southampton
JONATHAN KAYE has been appointed Player Insights Analyst at Southampton.
For the last season, Kaye has been first-team performance analyst at Cambridge United, helping them gain promotion to League One. Prior to that he worked for MK Dons for two years.
Kaye will work in Southampton's growing Player Insights department, which was set up by Director of Football Matt Crocker in order to bring an analytical and data-driven edge to scouting and recruitment.
He will work with Player Insights Lead Sam Stanton and Player Insights Manager Tom Stockwell.
Gill exits Ipswich as backroom overhaul continues
FIRST-TEAM COACH Matt Gill has left Ipswich Town as manager Paul Cook looks to re-build his backroom staff ahead of next season.
Last month goalkeeper coach Jimmy Walker was sacked by the club, while Andrew Rolls has arrived from Bristol City as Head of Performance.
Gill joined Ipswich in October 2018 from near neighbours Norwich City, where he was Under-23s coach.
At the start of March he took charge of the Tractor Boys for their win over Accrington following the sacking of Paul Lambert, who had brought him to the club.
Cook, who took over as manager following that match, said: “I had a chat with Matt yesterday and he knows how the game works. He’s been great in my time here but I want to bring in a few new faces ahead of the new season and he understands that.
“We wish him all the best for the future and thank him for the service he has given Ipswich Town over the last two and a half years.”
Writing on LinkedIn, Gill said: An absolute privilege to have worked for Ipswich Town. Pleasure to work alongside brilliant colleagues Matt Byard and Thomas Walsh in the medical department and two outstanding analysts Will Stephenson and George Buckley and all the other support staff that work tirelessly behind the scenes to help the team on the pitch.
“Will be forever grateful having the opportunity to work with all the players and wish everybody connected with the football club the best of luck for next season.”
Tucker leaves Morocco to make England return
ADRIAN TUCKER has left his role as Director of Goalkeeping for the Moroccan Football Association to become Goalkeeper Coach for the England men's national teams.
The former Bristol Rovers, Swansea and Sunderland coach joined Morocco in September 2020 and was responsible for development and education programmes for goalkeepers and goalkeeper coaches.
His new role marks a return to the English FA, where he was U20 goalkeeper coach from 2014 to 2016.
The appointment follows the recent retirement of Senior National Goalkeeper Coach Martin Thomas after a 27-year career with the FA.
Tucker tweeted: "I look forward to working with (Head of Goalkeeping) Tim Dittmer and the staff, the goalkeepers and also the GK coaches involved within the coach education pathway for goalkeepers throughout the country."
Ipswich sack goalkeeper coach Walker
IPSWICH TOWN have sacked goalkeeper coach Jimmy Walker, with manager Paul Cook explaining that he wants to “freshen things up right across the board.”
Walker joined the club in November 2018 under Cook’s predecessor, Paul Lambert. Cook, who took over at the start of March, is now looking to appoint a new goalkeeper coach, with Carl Pentney stepping up from the Academy until that happens.
Cook said: “I have thanked Jimmy for his work at the club. I explained to him that I just want to look to freshen things up right across the board.
“Jimmy knows the game and change often happens in football when a new manager takes over. I want to wish him all the best for the future.
“Carl will work with the ‘keepers for now and we will immediately begin the process of looking for the right person to come in and join the staff.”
Reynolds leaving Ipswich after 12 years
JIMMY REYNOLDS, Ipswich Town’s Head of Academy Sports Science and Medicine, is leaving the club after 12 years.
Today is Reynolds’ last day, and writing on LinkedIn he said: “I have had one hell of a ride at this fantastic club working within both the male and female set up, Academy and first team, and am proud to have been a part of it. I can’t recommend working in this environment highly enough for any Physio, Sports Scientist or S&C coach.
"From being ranked top five in the country for our SSM program, and guiding players through to successful careers inside and outside of football - ITFC will always be a place that is incredibly close to my heart.
“I’m proud that we could build an unbelievable team of Physio, S&C coaches, nutritionists, sports psychologists and docs. For now it’s family time, a little bit of down time - and then to continue to grow our fantastic Alpha Physiotherapy clinic."
Euell appointed first-team coach by Charlton
JASON EUELL has been promoted from the Under-23s to become first-team coach at Charlton.
The 44-year-old, who scored 39 goals in two spells with the Addicks, has been with the club since 2013 and led their U21s before moving to the U23s.
He joins former team-mate Johnnie Jackson, now assistant manager, on Nigel Adkins’ coaching staff.
“I'm very pleased to get the opportunity to move up and continue the progression in my coaching career,” Euell said. “I am delighted that with a new manager coming in, he has called me up to help the coaching staff continue to develop the new direction under Thomas Sandgaard.
“I'm looking forward to working with the first team and want to continue to improve myself and the players and staff I work with at Sparrows Lane and The Valley.”
Hamza Serrar, who has assisted Euell with the U23s for three seasons, will take full control of the side for the rest of this season.
Rooney appointed Head of Coaching at Port Vale
NATHAN ROONEY has been appointed Head of Coaching at League Two Port Vale.
The 31-year-old Uefa Pro Licence candidate has been assistant manager of Crawley Town, first team coach at Carlisle and most recently manager of Colne FC.
Vale have made a number of significant appointments recently, with David Flitcroft coming in as Director of Football and Darrell Clarke as manager last month.
Flitcroft said: “We’ve been through a robust recruitment process and Nathan is a superb acquisition who will significantly bolster our coaching team.
“Having worked in both the league and non-league environments, Nathan’s knowledge of both development level operations and senior football – alongside his ability to drive high standards on and off the field – marked him out as an outstanding candidate and we are delighted to welcome him to the club.”
Madden leaves Middlesbrough to join Leeds United
JONNY MADDEN has left Middlesbrough after nine-and-a-half years to become Head of Academy Physical Development at Leeds United.
Madden joined Boro as a Senior Academy Sports Scientist in September 2011 and had been their Lead Academy Fitness and Conditioning Coach since March 2019.
At Leeds he replaces Rob Etherington, who has been with the club for almost eight years and now moves into a coaching role with their Under-18s.
Data analyst Suddaby leaves Norwich to join Fifa
DATA ANALYST Rob Suddaby has left Norwich City after two-and-a-half years to work for Fifa as part of Arsène Wenger's drive to build "the best analysis centre in world football.”
Wenger is Fifa’s Chief of Global Football Development, working on coaching, training and coach education programmes for football’s world governing body.
Suddaby, who has worked as a Data Analyst for Norwich since October 2018, wrote on LinkedIn: “I’m delighted to have joined Fifa leading a key project as part of Arsène Wenger's drive to build the best analysis centre in world football!
“Looking forward to getting stuck in as we build toward the 2022 World Cup. Absolutely loved my time with Norwich City and will be cheering them on as they look to secure promotion in the coming weeks!
“A really fantastic club, doing things in the right way, and full of top top people who helped me develop over the last two and a half years.”
Quy appointed Head Goalkeeper Coach at Burton Albion
ANDY QUY, the former Brentford and Stoke first-team goalkeeping coach, has been appointed Head Goalkeeper Coach at League One Burton Albion.
Quy was with Stoke for 12-and-a-half years before an eight-month stint with Brentford last year.
At Burton he replaces Paul Reynolds, who left the club after four-and-a-half years last September (he was also Head of Welfare for the Academy).
Ross Atkins arrived from Derby to step in for Reynolds on an interim basis with the Brewers' first team but has now returned to the Rams as Head of Academy Goalkeeping.
Former Swansea Academy Manager joins Audit Company
FORMER Swansea City Academy Manager Nigel Rees has joined the Professional Game Academy Audit Company.
Rees worked for the Swans for 12 years before leaving in January. He had joined the club as a part-time development centre coach in 2008 and went on to become Academy Operations Manager and, in January 2014, the overall Academy Manager.
In his new role, Rees will audit Leadership and Management specifically.
Former Rangers Director of Football Mark Allen replaced Rees as Academy Director at Swansea, who dropped from Category One to Two last year.
Everton's Dowling appointed Athletic Performance Coach at Blackburn
JACK DOWLING has left Everton after almost eight years to become first-team Athletic Performance Coach at Blackburn Rovers.
Dowling joined the Toffees’ Academy in 2013 as an intern and went on to become Academy sport scientist and then S&C coach.
At Blackburn, he will assist Lead Athletic Performance Coach Liam Mason.
“My career in football started as a volunteer coach at the age of 16,” Dowling wrote on LinkedIn. “During my time at University I gained a place on the Everton Sport Science Internship which lead my into my role of Sports Scientist and then Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach for the Academy.
“I spent six seasons helping Academy players with the physical side of the game and on their journey to the first team. I am now very excited to begin my new journey at Blackburn Rovers. A big thanks to all the staff at Everton for my experiences so far. See you in the future!”
In January, TGG reported that Blackburn’s Head of Athletic Performance, Chris Rush, was leaving the club after almost a decade’s service because of a desire to “prioritise family life over my professional life.”
Rush added: “The life of a support staff member in football requires 60+ hour work weeks, 11 months a year, weekends away from the family, and missed life events.”
Gisborne appointed Assistant Academy Manager by Bournemouth
SAM GISBORNE has been appointed Assistant Academy Manager at Bournemouth.
He joined the Cherries from Norwich in April 2017 as Academy Operations Manager.
Joe Roach is Academy Manager at Bournemouth, while Bruce Suraci is Head of Coaching and Development.
AFC Wimbledon announce specialist coaching structure
AFC Wimbledon Head Coach Mark Robinson has announced that specialist coaches will support him in his new role.
Andy Parslow, who had been working as first-team coach following Robinson's appointment as interim boss in January, has been named set piece coach.
Steve Sallis will continue as performance mindset coach, working with the players one day a week, at home games and also on a one-on-one basis when required.
Under-18s manager Rob Tuvey has been promoted to first-team coach and loans manager, while England U17s coach Justin Cochrane has also been supporting Robinson on a consultancy basis.
Ashley ‘Bayzo’ Bayes continues as goalkeeper coach. Robinson, who got the Head Coach job on a permanent basis 10 days ago, said: “I believe specialist coaching is the way to go.”
Bolton hire Technical Performance Director from Football Association
CHRIS MARKHAM has been appointed as the first Technical Performance Director at Bolton and will support manager Ian Evatt in "establishing an elite and innovative performance culture for the football department.”
Markham said: "The job is going to be working with the manager and giving him as much support as we can across areas of football. Without divulging too much and telling everyone what we’re going to do… it will be in areas around recruitment, analysis, data and some of the intelligence forward-thinking side of things.”
Markham’s background is in analysis. He worked as a performance analyst at Huddersfield for seven years and then as Game Insights Lead at the Football Association from January 2017, working on projects and opposition analysis.
Evatt added: “We are both aligned with our views on the future and I am excited to work with him to provide a solid structure for the future of Bolton Wanderers.”
Fairnhead promoted to Academy Manager by Accrington
DUNCAN FAIRNHEAD has been promoted from Head of Coaching to Academy Manager at Accrington Stanley following the retirement of Paul Lodge.
Scott Rogers has joined from nearby Blackburn Rovers to take on Fairnhead’s previous role.
Lodge has been Head of Coaching, first-team coach and Academy Manager during a long association with Accrington.
He said: “I’ve really enjoyed five years in the (Academy Manager) role but the staff I wanted are now in place and I felt it time to pass the role on to a younger, more modern approach in an increasingly modern game.”
Rogers is a Pro Licence holder who has been manager of Liverpool Ladies and, most recently, an Academy coach at Blackburn. Accrington have a Category 3 Academy.
Watford appoint new Head of Performance
MOISES DE HOYO has been appointed as the new Head of Performance at Watford.
The Spaniard is highly experienced, having worked for Seville (during which time they won three Europa Leagues), Deportivo La Coruna, Levante and Leganes in his homeland.
He also holds qualifications in both physiotherapy and sports science and has worked as a senior lecturer at the University of Seville.
Fisher replaces McAleer for Tottenham
TOTTENHAM'S Lead Academy Physio, Paul Fisher, has replaced Stephen McAleer in the first team set-up as rehab physio.
As TGG reported last week, McAleer has left Spurs after two-and-a-half years to join Red Bull.
Fisher joined Tottenham in October 2018, having previously been Head of Sports Science and Physiotherapy for British Basketball.
Tinnion appointed Player Pathway Manager by Bristol City
BRIAN TINNION has taken on the new role of Player Pathway Manager at Bristol City and will be responsible for aiding the transition of players from Academy to first team at the club.
Academy Manager Gary Probert said this would include everything “from registrations and contracts through to liaising with the coaching staff across the age groups.”
He added: “Brian will help us join all that together and the development of this role is another important move forward for us.”
Most recently, Tinnion was Loans Manager at Bristol City and his association with the club goes back 28 years, as player, coach and even manager in 2004/5.
Chief Executive Mark Ashton added: “The investment in our Academy and the player pathway to our first team is fundamental to the success of Bristol City and the Lansdowns’ vision for the club.
“Brian plays an important role in that, be it securing the loans at the right levels, working with our Academy Manager on the development plans for our young players or advising Dean on when to integrate them into the first team environment.”
Coles reunited with Johnson at Bristol City
FORMER Bristol City Senior Performance Analyst Luke Coles has been appointed Tactical Opposition Scout at Sunderland.
The move means he is reunited with former Robins boss Lee Johnson, who is now in charge of the Black Cats.
Coles worked for Bristol City for four years and has also been an analyst with West Brom and the Wales national team.
McAleer leaves Tottenham for Red Bull
PHYSIO Stephen McAleer has left Tottenham after two-and-a-half years to join Red Bull, where he will work with teams including Red Bull Leipzig, Red Bull Salzburg and New York Red Bull.
McAleer joined Spurs in June 2018 from British Athletics and specialised in rehab. He will have the same rehab physio role with Red Bull and work out of their main performance centre in Salzburg, Austria.
The job will also entail travel to work with the Leipzig, Salzburg and New York teams, as well as in motorsport and with individual Red Bull athletes.
Connor to assist McCarthy as Cardiff keep changes to a minimum
MICK MCCARTHY has taken only his long-standing assistant Terry Connor with him to Cardiff City after being appointed manager on Friday.
The 61-year-old replaced Neil Harris, who was sacked on Thursday after little more than a year in charge of the Bluebirds.
Assistant David Livermore was also dismissed, with owner Vincent Tan thanking the duo for taking the team into the play-offs last season but adding: "Our on-field results of late and progress this season has been very poor."
Cardiff are currently 15th in the Championship and have lost their last five league games.
Connor has served alongside McCarthy at Wolves, Ipswich and with the Republic of Ireland.
Goalkeeper coach Andy Dibble and first-team coach James Rowberry will remain on the staff under McCarthy, who has secured a contract to the end of the season.