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Pollitt and Johnson leave Bolton

GOALKEEPER COACH Mike Pollitt and Lead Performance Analyst Tommy Johnson have both left Bolton.

The duo both joined the club under previous manager Keith Hill - Pollitt in December 2019 from Rotherham and Johnson from Wigan in January 2020.

Ian Evatt, who replaced Hill at the start of this month, has brought Peter Atherton in with him as assistant and Lewis Duckmanton as analyst, both from former club Barrow.


Hale leaves Exeter because of coronavirus cost-cutting

GOALKEEPER COACH Steve Hale has left Exeter City after a year because of cost-cutting due to coronavirus.

The former Oldham, Walsall, Forest Green and Swindon coach joined the Devon club last June.

Manager Matt Taylor said: “As with many other clubs across the leagues, we have had to make some tough decisions due to the effects of the pandemic on football.”

Hale added: “I’m gutted to be leaving Exeter. Although I’ve only been part of the club for a year, it’s been a really enjoyable one.”


Johnson drafted into Northern Ireland coaching set-up

BLACKBURN ROVERS first-team technical coach and head of player development Damien Johnson has joined the Northern Ireland coaching set-up.

The 41-year-old, who won 56 caps for the country, will combine both roles.

He said: "Ultimately, my role at Rovers is my priority and the Northern Ireland role is a real bonus for me, which will hopefully help Rovers too.

"It's an opportunity that I feel will benefit me in my role at Rovers, working with international players with the international team and seeing what I can bring back to Rovers with me.”


Meadows joins Norwich performance analysis team

ADAM MEADOWS has been appointed as an assistant performance analyst at Norwich City.

He joins from Qatar Stars League, where he had worked for the last four years.


Reading stop topping up wages of furloughed staff

READING has now stopped topping up the government's furlough payments to its staff.

In April, the club announced it was using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, under which furloughed staff are paid 80% of their salaries up to a maximum of £2,500 per month. The club was paying the remaining 20%.

This included the women's squad, men's Under-23s players, all Academy staff and 'non-essential' first-team staff.

The club has stopped topping up the wages, as of July 1st, while all accrued holiday has also been cancelled, TGG understands.


Kemp appointed sports science analyst by Palace

JAKE KEMP has been appointed as a sports science analyst by Crystal Palace.

He joins from Edge 10, where he had been a sports scientist since December 2018.

READ MORE: Crystal Palace staff profiles


Barnsley release Head of Academy Sports Science and Medicine

SAM BOWRING, Barnsley’s Head of Academy Sports Science and Medicine, has been released because of “financial restructuring”.

Bowring joined the Tykes from Hull City in December 2018, initially as Head of Academy Sports Science, and was promoted to the combined role in August last year.

Writing on LinkedIn he said: "I'm sad to announce that I have been released from Barnsley FC due to financial restructuring within the football club.

"I know that this will be a tough time for everyone based within my field. If anybody knows of any opportunities that may suit somebody like myself then please let me know. I'm willing to travel/ relocate if required."


Mistry joins Man City as Football Intelligence Officer

RAVI MISTRY has joined the Insights and Decision Technology team at Manchester City as a Football Intelligence Officer.

Brian Prestidge, who heads up the team, said Mistry would be "leading the analytical development of our practitioners and advancing our football intelligence capabilities".

Mistry has spent the last five years working for The Information Lab in London.


Ranson appointed Head of Academy Medical by Palace

JOE RANSON has left Charlton Athletic after five years to become Head of Academy Medical at Crystal Palace.

He replaces Andrew Caton, who left the Eagles in December to become Head of Academy Medical at Oxford United.


Court leaves FA to make ECB return

DAVID COURT, the Football Association’s Performance Education Lead, has been named as the new Men's Player Identification Lead for the England and Wales Cricket Board.

The appointment marks a return to the ECB for Court, who was their Performance Manager between 2013 and 2016.

He said: “It’s great to be joining the ECB at an exciting time off the back of an inspiring 2019 summer.

“I’m looking forward to continuing the excellent work done in player identification in recent years and supporting England’s short, medium and long-term selection needs.”

Court, who joined the FA in November 2016, replaces Mo Bobat, who was named as the ECB's Performance Director in October 2019.


Schofield appointed Huddersfield U19 coach

FORMER Huddersfield forward Danny Schofield has returned to the club as Under-19 coach.

The 39-year-old takes over from Dean Whitehead, who moved to Shrewsbury Town late last year. Schofield joins from Middlesbrough, where he was part of the U23 set-up.

Academy Manager Leigh Bromby said: "It’s absolutely a big plus that Danny knows the club so well, and that we know him. Everyone who worked with him during his playing days here spoke very highly of him as a person, and equally he clearly has a deep understanding and affinity with Huddersfield Town.

“It’s also clear that he has a real passion to develop young footballers, and his developmental mindset is exactly what we were looking for in this role.

“The fundamental purpose of this coaching role is to develop individual players to progress to our first team; not to take shortcuts to win games. Danny shares that ethos entirely, and we’re excited to see him get started.”

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