Brighton sign goalkeeper analyst from Bournemouth
GOALKEEPER ANALYST Matthew Parker has left Bournemouth after five-and-a-half years to join Premier League Brighton.
He tweeted: “After five and half years, my time at AFCB has come to an end. I’m extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to represent the club and work with the amazing staff.
“I’ve had the best experience working with the goalkeeping department and will cherish the memories.”
Bournemouth were pioneers in creating the role, but it is not clear whether they plan to replace Parker or not.
Lucas appointed Head of Performance at Salford City
JOHN LUCAS has left Plymouth Argyle after two years to become Head of Performance at Salford City.
Lucas replaces Youl Mawene, who joined Fleetwood Town as Head of Sport Science earlier this month.
Writing on LinkedIn, he said: “Very fortunate to have been apart of such a unique & very special football club with some truly amazing people. Thank you to the staff, players & everyone associated with Plymouth Argyle. I will never forget my time at the club.”
The practitioner joined the League One side in June 2019, having previously been Head of Fitness and Conditioning at Bury.
Jevons leaves Everton to become first-team coach at Sunderland
PHIL JEVONS has left Everton’s Academy after nine years to become first-team coach at Sunderland.
He replaces Andy Taylor, who left the Black Cats at the beginning of August to become Loans Manager at Leeds United.
Sunderland boss Lee Johnson, who played alongside Jevons at Yeovil Town and Bristol City in the mid-2000s, explained that the 42-year-old would have a dual role.
The first will be traditional first-team coach, as part of the staff on matchday as well as focusing on trying to “pick out those scenarios where we can exploit an opponent.”
The second will be as a development coach, working “to make sure that those 16 to 25-year-old players never get left out, and that they continue their development.”
Jevons joined Everton’s Academy coaching set-up in 2012 and had most recently been working with Paul Tait and the U18s.
McElhone replaces Nayler as Head of Sport Science at Celtic
FORMER Tottenham fitness coach Anton McElhone has been appointed Head of Sport Science at Celtic.
He replaces Jack Nayler, who left the Scottish club after almost five years to join RB Leipzig in June.
McElhone worked for Tottenham for almost a decade as Academy and first-team fitness coach before becoming assistant manager at New England Revolution in the MLS in January 2018.
He went on to be assistant at Bradford City and, most recently, Greenock Morton.
Barrow leaves Fleetwood for Wigan/ replaced by Mawene
JAMES BARROW has left Fleetwood Town after four years to become Head of Performance at their League One rivals Wigan.
The move marks a return to Wigan for Barrow, who served as the club's fitness coach from 2013 to 2017.
Fleetwood have replaced him with former player Youl Mawene, who makes a return to the club and takes on the title of Head of Sports Science.
Mawene was a player for Fleetwood in 2012/13, before becoming fitness coach and then Head of Sport Science. He joined Salford City in July 2020.
Former Arsenal physio Haycock returns to Newcastle United
JAMES HAYCOCK has returned to Newcastle United to become their senior first-team physio.
Haycock worked for the North-East club from 2001 to 2005 as Academy physio, before going on to become Head of Medical at Hartlepool and Huddersfield and then first-team physio at Arsenal from 2015 to 2018.
For the last three years he has been working with Tottenham’s Elite Development Squad, as well as with the Wales national team (a role he will continue).
Writing on LinkedIn, Haycock said: “Following the International break with Wales, I am delighted to say I have re-joined the medical department at Newcastle United after 16 years ‘on the road’- learning and trying to keep developing. Excited for Old Trafford today and hopefully getting a result.”
Doyle exits Rangers to become Head of Analysis at Sheffield Wednesday
STEVE DOYLE has left Rangers after two years to become Head of Analysis at Sheffield Wednesday.
Doyle was Technical and Domestic Scout for the Scottish side from June 2019 and also worked for 12 years for Derby County, as Head of Academy Performance Analysis and first-team tactical analyst.
Rangers are currently in the process of recruiting a replacement for Doyle.
Mitchell leaves Leicester to join Malmo
PAUL MITCHELL has left Leicester City after eight years to become first-team performance analyst at Swedish side Malmo.
He said: “I would like to express my thanks for all the support the club, staff and players have given to me.
“During this time I have had the opportunity to see Leicester’s phenomenal rise from a club playing in the Championship to Premier League champions and most recently FA Cup winners, whilst also seeing a number of our academy graduates become established Premier League and international players.”
Mitchell joined the Foxes in 2013 and went on to become Under-23s performance and recruitment analyst.
Sheron named U23s coach of Blackburn
MIKE SHERON has stepped up from Blackburn's Under-18s to become their new U23s coach.
The 49-year-old former Manchester City and Barnsley player replaces Billy Barr, who moved to Salford City to become assistant to manager Gary Bowyer earlier this summer.
"I’m delighted to have been given the chance," said Sheron, who is in his sixth season with Rovers' Academy.
"I'm grateful for the opportunity and it's important for the coaches as well as the players to see there's a pathway through.
"The environment we have at Rovers, it gives you that chance to improve and evolve as a coach. I feel that I’ve been doing that and there's still plenty of room for improvement to come.
"It’s about developing players, but also improving from a tactical point of view as well.
"I’ve always been someone who has found loyalty to be very important and I felt before I came to Rovers, at the start of my coaching career, where I had 18 months here, 18 months there, a year here, six months there, you didn't really see the benefits of your work.
"I've been here a long time now and it's been good to see so many lads come through the system to be in and around the first team environment."
Price appointed goalkeeper coach at MK Dons
LEWIS PRICE has been appointed goalkeeper coach at MK Dons as new boss Liam Manning puts the finishing touches to his backroom staff at the League One club.
Price, who made three appearances as a player for MK Dons during a loan spell in 2008, has been Bournemouth’s Under-21s goalkeeper coach since November 2020 in his first coaching role.
He knows Manning - and assistant Chris Hogg - from their time together as young players at Ipswich Town’s Academy.
Price also played with MK Dons' new first-team coach David Wright - who recently joined from Norwich City, where he was U23s coach - at Ipswich and Crystal Palace.
Sporting Director Liam Sweeting said: “Pricey started his coaching badges when he was playing at Crystal Palace so has been preparing for an opportunity like this for a long time, and he will bring us experience of the level and is exactly the type of personality we believe will fit in well at MK Dons.”
Clapham named first-team coach at Notts County
ALEX CLAPHAM has been appointed first-team coach at Conference Premier side Notts County.
Clapham isn’t your average coach. The Uefa Pro Licence holder has worked in Sweden, as first-team Head Coach for Ytterhogdals IK, and in Spain, as Under-19s coach for Getafe.
He is also the founder of the excellent Cano Football website, which goes behind the scenes at some of Europe’s most innovative and interesting clubs.
At Notts County he will lead on set pieces and opposition analysis and manager Ian Burchnall said: “We were fortunate to interview several strong candidates for this role but Alex really impressed us with the depth of detail he went into and his ideas about how we can get better.”
Knill joins Wales set-up
FORMER Sheffield United assistant Alan Knill has joined the Wales set-up for the rest of their World Cup qualifying campaign.
The 56-year-old fills the vacancy left by assistant Albert Stuivenberg - who left in July after the Euros to focus on his role with Arsenal - as Wales attempt to qualify for Qatar 2022.
Knill, who left the Blades after five years in July, said: "I am very excited to be joining Rob (Page), the staff and the rest of the squad.
"I played for Cymru and I recently lost my Dad who was a passionately proud Welshman, he would have been thrilled.
"My role is to support Rob, to help on the training ground and to analyse the opposition. If I can help continue to build the success of our national team, I will be very happy."
Coles appointed Lead Opposition Analyst at Sunderland
LUKE COLES has been appointed to the role of Lead Opposition Analyst and Technical Recruitment at Sunderland.
Last season he worked for the club on a consultancy basis. The move reunites him with manager Lee Johnson, with whom he worked for four years as Senior Performance Analyst at Bristol City.
Craddock leaves Preston after five years for Bolton
MATT CRADDOCK is leaving Preston North End after five years to become Head of Coaching at Bolton Wanderers.
He joined the club in July 2016 from the Football Association, where he was a County Coach Developer.
Craddock becomes the fourth member of staff to leave the North End Academy in nine months, after:
- Aaron Dagger (Leeds United - U23s Analyst)
- Paul Gray (Bodo Glimt - 6 to 12s coach)
- John Prince (Blackburn Rovers - Senior YDP Coach)
Gray appointed Senior Foundation Phase Coach at Blackburn Rovers
PAUL GRAY has been appointed Senior Foundation Phase Coach at Blackburn Rovers.
As TGG reported in April, Rovers have created two new roles - Senior Foundation Phase Coach and Senior Youth Development Phase Coach - to assist Head of Coaching Tony Carss.
John Prince joined from Preston North End in April to take the YDP role. Gray also has a link with PNE, having been their Foundation Phase Coach from 2015 to 2020.
He is a specialist with the age group, having held the same role at Blackpool and Accrington. For the last eight months he has coached the six to 12 age group at FK BODØ/GLIMT in Norway.
Writing on LinkedIn he said: “My adventure in Norway has come to an end for the moment. With the continuing uncertainty over travel restrictions and quarantine rules, family has to come first.
“I would like to thank Gregg Broughton, Ørjan Berg and all the wonderful people at FK BODØ/GLIMT for making me feel so welcome and giving me the opportunity to work at such a fantastic football club. The future is very bright.
“I am very much looking forward to my next role back in the UK.”
Blackburn U23s boss leaves for Salford City
BLACKBURN ROVERS Under-23s coach Billy Barr has left the club to become assistant to Gary Bowyer at Salford City.
Barr succeeded Damien Johnson as Rovers’ U23 Head Coach two years ago and previously managed their U18s.
He had caretaker spells in charge of Carlisle United and Wrexham and was a first-team coach at Sheffield Wednesday before joining Rovers Academy.
Meanwhile, Head of Academy Recruitment Simon Cooper has left to take up the same role with Stoke City. Since joining the club in 2018, Cooper has played a key role in helping Rovers to identify and recruit emerging talents from a variety of ages.
His role will be temporarily covered by Rovers' new Head of Recruitment John Park.
Huddersfield's Nosworthy appointed opposition analyst at Manchester City
CRAIG NOSWORTHY has left Huddersfield Town after four years to become opposition analyst at Manchester City.
Nosworthy joined the Terriers in August 2017 as first-team analyst and was promoted to Head of Performance Analysis three years later.
Joyce leaves Salford to become U18s boss at Nottingham Forest
WARREN JOYCE has left Salford City, where he was in charge of the Development Squad, to become Under-18s boss at Nottingham Forest.
The 56-year-old is highly experienced, having been in charge of Manchester United reserves, manager of Wigan and Melbourne City, and Development Squad boss at League Two Salford since 2019.
At Forest, he will replace Gareth Holmes, who left the club earlier this month after six years “to pursue new opportunities”.
Forest Director of Football Development Gary Brazil said: “Warren is acknowledged within the game as an outstanding developer of elite football talent.
“He has shown his ability to do that in a variety of football environments and at all levels.”
Forest were awarded Category One status earlier this year and will compete in Premier League 2 North Division in 2021/22.
Former player Andy Reid is in charge of their U23s.
Newcastle's Henderson joins England Women
NATALIE HENDERSON has left Newcastle United after eight years to become Lead Coach for England Women’s Under-16s and U17s teams.
Henderson joined the Magpies in September 2013 as a community coach and became their Youth Development Phase Lead in June 2019.
She has also been England Women’s U16s assistant since August 2019.
Head of Analysis Moore leaves West Brom
WEST BROM Head of Analysis Gerard Moore has left the club after four-and-a-half years.
Moore joined the Baggies in February 2017 as first-team opposition analyst and was promoted to Head of Analysis in March 2018. Prior to that he'd worked for Rochdale, Reading and Tottenham.
Writing on LinkedIn, Moore said: "My time at West Brom has come to end. It was a pleasure working at the club and I'm proud of what we achieved. Looking forward to the next adventure."
Earlier this week we reported that new Baggies boss Valerien Ismael had brought Jack Riley with him from Barnsley as a performance analyst.
Collins appointed Individual Development Coach at Sheffield United
MICHAEL COLLINS has been appointed Individual Development Coach at Sheffield United’s Academy.
The former Bradford City Head Coach succeeds Rhys Carr, who stepped down from the position after two seasons at the end of 2020/21.
Collins was previously midfield position-specific coach at the Blades Academy.
Short reunited with Warnock at Middlesbrough
CHRIS SHORT has joined Neil Warnock’s Middlesbrough as first-team fitness coach following three years at Oxford United.
The 51-year-old played under Warnock at Scarborough and Notts County and worked for him at Leeds United and Crystal Palace.
He joined the U's in 2018, but his family had remained in York, which is why he has now decided to move north.
“I have decided to leave the club purely for personal circumstances,” Short told Oxford United’s website. “As people may know, I live in the north of Yorkshire and I have got an opportunity to go back home.
“It’s time to put them (my family) first for once.”
At Boro, Short will work closely with strength and conditioning coach John Thrower. Frankie Hunter, who was lead first-team sport scientist for the last two years, is now working with the Academy.
As TGG reported last week, Chris Neville has replaced Short as Head of Performance at Oxford United.
Data scientist Trivedi exits Arsenal
ARSENAL data scientist Arjav Trivedi has left the club after three years.
Writing on LinkedIn, Trivedi said: “It has been an honour to work for Arsenal these past few years. I am incredibly grateful for the wonderful experiences I've gained along the way and, more than anything, working with and learning from some of the best practitioners and people in the game.”
Trivedi joined the club in July 2018 from eSports firm Blinkpool. Last December he presented alongside Professor Geir Jordet at TGG’s Big Data event.
Nicholson appointed Coaching Auditor by Premier League
KEVIN NICHOLSON has been appointed as a Coaching Auditor by the Premier League and Professional Game Academy Audit Company (PGAAC).
His new role will involve assessing the quality of coaching organisation, practice and development in the Premier League and Football League Academies.
For the last two-and-a-half years the former Bangor City and Cardiff U23 Head Coach has worked as a Senior Football Consultant for Belgian company Double Pass.
Taberner joins Orlando Magic in NBA
FORMER Everton Head of Sport Science Matt Taberner has been appointed Director of Strength and Conditioning at Orlando Magic in the NBA.
The practitioner worked for the Toffees for six years before exiting in July 2019. He was Head of Sport Science from June 2014 and then Head of Rehab from July 2017.
Fitzpatrick promoted to first team by Newcastle
JOHN FITZPATRICK has been promoted to first team sport scientist and data analyst by Newcastle United.
He joined the club in February 2013 as an intern and has been Lead Academy Sport Scientist since July 2019.
Wednesday physio Pinho joins Nottingham Forest
FIRST-TEAM physio Luis Pinho has left Sheffield Wednesday after almost two years to join Nottingham Forest.
The Portuguese joined Wednesday in October 2019. The Yorkshire club, who were relegated to League One last season, also lost Head of Performance Tony Strudwick to Arsenal at the end of the campaign.
Roberts-Smith returns to work with Jones at Luton
JARED ROBERTS-SMITH has been reunited with Nathan Jones at Luton Town, two-and-a-half years after leaving the Hatters.
The duo worked together at the Bedfordshire club from June 2016 to January 2019, helping them gain promotion to League One in 2017/18.
Prior to that the pair had worked with Charlton’s Under-23s. They moved together to Stoke City in January 2019, but Jones was sacked just 10 months later.
Roberts-Smith did stay on as Head of Sport Science under Michael O’Neill, but left at the end of the 2019/20 season and joined Melbourne Victory in Australia. Now he has returned home to his old boss and club in his former role.
Blackmore-Such appointed first-team coach at Oxford United
LEON BLACKMORE-SUCH has been promoted to first-team coach at Oxford United.
The 29-year-old was previously Lead Professional Development Phase Coach and has been full-time with the U’s for nine years.
Former player Darren Purse, who has been working part-time with the Under-16s for the last three years, steps up to replace Blackmore-Such as Lead PDP Coach.
Manager Karl Robinson said: “Leon is an outstanding coach and did really well when he stepped up to work with the first team last season.
“He is bright and innovative, works extremely hard and fully deserves a chance to make his mark with the first team.”
Former Stoke Technical Director joins United Soccer League
FORMER Stoke City Technical Director Mark Cartwright has been appointed as the first Sporting Director of the United Soccer League.
Cartwright, who worked for Stoke from 2012 to 2019, will oversee player development, as well as coaching and club education across the USL’s professional leagues.
“We’re very pleased to welcome someone of Mark’s experience and calibre to our growing organisation,” said USL President Jake Edwards. “He brings with him an intense focus on people, culture and community building, and we have no doubt he will be a tremendous asset for both USL HQ and our clubs over the coming years.”
Cartwright added: “I am thrilled to be joining the United Soccer League in this newly created role. There are more talented American-born players with the ability to compete on the game’s biggest stages than ever before, and I am looking forward to working with our owners, clubs, technical staffs and coaches to continue to develop a system within the USL that allows talent to be identified, nurtured and developed here within the states.”
Since leaving Stoke in November 2019, Cartwright has been a consultant on Fifa’s advisory panel on future development of the global game and a consultant and mentor on The FA’s Level 4 and 5 talent identification programmes.
Hayes promoted to Charlton U23 lead in Academy overhaul
CHARLTON have announced a number of senior appointments in their Academy, with Anthony Hayes promoted to Under-23s lead and Rhys Williams to Head of Coaching.
Hayes steps up from the U18s to replace Jason Euell, who become first-team coach shortly after Nigel Adkins arrived as manager in March.
Williams has been promoted from Lead Youth Development Phase Coach to replace Adam Lawrence, who joined Manchester United as their U16s coach in January.
Meanwhile, U23s assistant Hamza Serrar replaces Hayes with the U18s, with Foundation Phase Lead David Chatwin replacing Williams in the YDP role.
Technical Director, Ged Roddy, said: “Anthony, Hamza, Rhys and David are really good coaches with a track record of developing young talent and excellent reputations both at the club and in academy football.
“We want to make sure that there is a clear pathway not just for the players but with the coaches for their development at the club.
“Nigel Adkins has already made it clear we want to support the development of Johnnie Jackson and Jason Euell, who made an excellent transition to the role of first-team coach earlier this year.
“I’m looking forward to seeing Anthony, Hamza, Rhys and David in their new roles as we continue to lay the foundations for the future.”
Tottenham's Dewar appointed Lead Analyst at Watford
WOODY DEWAR has left Tottenham to become lead first-team analyst at Watford.
Dewar has been with Spurs for the last three-and-a-half years, latterly as Head of Academy Performance Analysis and Under-23s analyst.
Prior to that he was with Manchester City for two years, as their U18s analyst.
At newly-promoted Watford he'll report into Head of Analysis and Talent ID Miguel Rios.
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.