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.
Cagigao named Director of Football for Chile
FORMER Arsenal Head of International Scouting Francis Cagigao has been appointed as Chile’s National Director of Football.
Cagigao worked for the Gunners from 1997 to last summer, when he left the club amidst significant changes to their scouting and recruitment operation.
At the time, Cesc Fabregas tweeted: "Thank you for the 24+ years of devotion, respect, loyalty and love you gave to Arsenal.
"Nothing would have been the same for me if you didn’t spot me at 15-years-old. I wish you all the very best for the future. Your next team will be very lucky to have your football brain."
One of his first jobs with Chile is to find a new Head Coach, after Colombian Ronaldo Ruena stepped down from the role last week.
Belo leaves Everton for newly-created role at Wolves
FRANCISCO BELO has left Everton after five-and-a-half years to become Football Research and Methodology Analyst at Wolves.
The role was advertised on TGG and will involve "trend and research analysis across Wolves’ performance, the Premier League, as well as other global football trends”, as well as supporting the first team analysts in their pre and post-match analysis.
Belo had worked for Everton as a Technical Coaching Analyst since September 2015 and also has coaching experience at Benfica.
Writing on LinkedIn, he said: "After six seasons at Everton, an environment where I was lucky to meet some great people, learn a lot and develop myself as both a person and as a professional in the football industry, I am delighted to join a new and exciting project with Wolves. Eager to help develop this great club and extremely motivated for the new challenge!"
Shaw joins Watford as U23s assistant
RICHARD SHAW has been appointed Under-23s assistant by Watford.
The former defender, who made more than 500 senior appearances during his playing career, left Crystal Palace in October 2019.
He had worked for the Eagles for almost six years, first as U16s coach and then with the U23s. With the Hornets he will assist U23s coach Omer Riza.
Bowen appointed Lead Sports Scientist with Southampton Women
LAURA BOWEN has been appointed Lead Sports Scientist with Southampton Women and Girls.
The practitioner has worked with the men’s first team for the last five seasons. She started as a GPS analyst in the Academy in September 2014 before going on to work as a data scientist and sports scientist with the senior men's team.
Marieanne Spacey-Cale, Head of Girls and Women’s Football at Southampton, tweeted: “Super excited that @NotaRealDrLaura is joining us. Her knowledge, experience and passion fits perfectly with our ambition as a squad within @SouthamptonFC.”
Writing on LinkedIn alongside a shirt that had been signed for her by Ralph Hasenhüttl's first-team squad, Bowen said: “Ending on a high!! What an unbelievable five seasons I’ve had with Southampton Football Club first team! I got the career I always wanted, had some incredible experiences and learnt a lot.
“Thanks to everyone who added to my life, knowledge and love of the game! What a way to close a chapter.”
Hughes leaves Southampton for Cardiff
SOUTHAMPTON Head of Player Development David Hughes has left the club after 16 months to become Head of Academy Coaching at Cardiff City.
When Hughes took up his new role in August 2019, Southampton described him as a “significant addition” and he was responsible for helping the transition of players from the Academy to the senior squad.
Previously, Hughes was Under-18s coach at Aston Villa and was with the Midlands club for almost three years. He also made 17 appearances for Cardiff City between 2001 and 2003.
Hughes has now been working for Cardiff for over a month and said: "I'm really excited and pleased to be here. This is a very exciting opportunity because Cardiff City has an important place in my heart."
Southampton set up a B team, managed by David Horseman, in September and there are no immediate plans to fill the Head of Player Development position.
Former Wolves Head of Analysis joins Norway
FORMER Wolves Head of Performance Analysis Andrew Findlay has left FC Copenhagen after four months to join the Norway national team.
Findlay was with the Premier League side for three years before joining the Danish side in August. He has also worked for Manchester United and Manchester City.
Now he has joined Ståle Solbakken - who had taken him to Copenhagen - with the Norway national team.
Solbakken was sacked by Copenhagen after seven years’ service in October and appointed Norway national team manager at the start of December.