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Carter promoted to lead sports scientist by Millwall

JOEL CARTER has been promoted to lead sports scientist at Millwall following a reshuffle in their performance department.

He replaces Chris McConnell, who has left after three-and-a-half years to join AFC Wimbledon. Australian Carter joined the Lions last August from the India national team as assistant sports scientist.

Meanwhile, Dave Carolan has joined the club on a consultancy basis after working with manager Gary Rowett at Birmingham, Derby and Stoke City.

“Dave has been my head of sports science at previous clubs and is a very, very experienced operator," Rowett said.


Dunn joins Blackpool coaching staff

FORMER Blackburn and England midfielder David Dunn has joined the first-team coaching staff at Blackpool.

Dunn worked with the Under-23s at Blackburn from February 2016 to June 2018, alongside Damien Johnson, and the team won Premier League 2 Division 2 in 2017/18.

He played alongside Blackpool boss Simon Grayson at Blackburn and said: "I'm really looking forward to being back in a day-to-day role at a football club.

"I played with the manager at Blackburn - we live quite close to each other - and he's somebody that I respect a lot. I also know a couple of the players, I've coached a couple and I've played with Jay Spearing as well."


Kerr appointed Academy Performance Support Manager at Leeds

ADAM KERR, the former Head of Fitness at Middlesbrough, has been appointed to the new position of Academy Performance Support Manager at Leeds United.

The new role will be responsible for “defining and overseeing the delivery of the performance support strategy” and will manage “physical development, medicine, nutrition, psychology and performance analysis provision across the Academy pathway”.

Kerr was Head of Fitness at Middlesbrough for four years before leaving when Garry Monk became manager in July 2017. He then became Head of Physical Performance at Scunthorpe United.

At Leeds, he will be part of the Academy Management Team and report into Academy Manager Adam Underwood.


Halsall joins Stevens at West Brom

MICK HALSALL has been appointed Head of Academy Coaching at West Brom.

The move sees him reunited with Richard Stevens, his old boss at Coventry City, who is now Academy Manager for the Baggies. Halsall joined Coventry's Category 2 Academy as Head of Coaching in November 2017.

Meanwhile, Daniel Bolas has succeeded Stevens as Academy Manager at Coventry. He was previously Early Development and Retention Co-ordinator at Aston Villa.


Jenkinson & Warner promoted to first team by Derby

LUKE JENKINSON and Ben Warner have been promoted to first-team duties by Derby County.

Jenkinson, who has been with the club since August 2016, takes on the role of Head of Sports Science and Academy Medicine.

Warner, who joined from Nottingham Forest in October 2015, becomes Head of Analysis.


Inman and Wood appointed sports scientists at Macclesfield Town

MATT WOOD and Jack Inman, who lost their jobs when Bury were thrown out of the Football League at the end of August, have been appointed as first team sports scientists at Macclesfield Town.

Wood was at Bury for almost three years, latterly as Head of Academy Sports Science, while Inman was with the club for more than two years - for most of the time as an intern and then as Academy sports scientist from July 2019.

TGG spoke to Wood shortly after he lost his job at Bury. You can read the interview HERE.


Henderson promoted to Assistant Director of Football by Forest

ED HENDERSON has been promoted from Football Operations Manager to Assistant Director of Football by Nottingham Forest.

The trained lawyer, who joined the club as Academy Secretary in September 2018, will report into Director of Football Kiriakos Dourekas.


Analyst Hill leaves Tottenham to rejoin Parker at Fulham

JONATHAN HILL, Tottenham's lead post match and data analyst, has left the club to join Scott Parker at Fulham.

He worked with Cottagers boss Parker at Spurs Academy - as well as with Fulham first team coach Matt Wells and goalkeeping coach Rob Burch.

Hill joined Spurs' Academy in February 2017 before being promoted to first team duties in February 2019.

Read more: Tottenham staff profiles


Heppinstall leaves Forest for Blackburn

STEWART HEPPINSTALL has left Nottingham Forest to become lead performance analyst at Blackburn Rovers.

Heppinstall held the same role at Forest, where he worked for one year. Prior to this, he worked in Academy football for Sheffield Wednesday and Derby and also had a two-year stint at the ASPIRE Academy in Qatar.


Cook returns to AFC Wimbledon as Academy Operations Manager

MICHAEL COOK has returned to AFC Wimbledon to become the club’s first Academy Operations Manager.

From 2012 to 2014, Cook was community football scheme administrator and coach at the club. After that, he worked on special projects and operations for Tottenham for 18 months and as a Performance Academy Manager for Coerver Coaching.

New Academy Manager Michael Hamilton will work “day-to-day with the players and staff on the grass, whilst overseeing the business side of the Academy”, while Cook will “take responsibility for all senior administrative and operational tasks, including project managing the annual audit process”.

He said: “It’s an honour and a privilege to accept such an exciting role back at this fantastic club. The Academy has seen many years of success as of late, largely down to a team of innovative staff who have created such a unique identity and culture.”


Tate promoted to first-team staff at Swansea

SWANSEA legend Alan Tate has been promoted from Academy to first team coach by the club.

The 37-year-old played in all four divisions for the Swans, amassing 340 appearances from 2002 to 2015.

He explained: "I am out with the first team day to day, helping the manager and Marshy (assistant Mike Marsh) run the sessions. I give my input and opinion into the sessions and into tactical analysis of other teams.

"On match days I am the one in the stands feeding down to the bench what patterns we see, what we can do better and what the opposition have changed."

Earlier this month the Championship side appointed another club legend, Leon Britton, to the position of Sporting Director.


Pooley promoted by Tottenham

ACADEMY Sport Scientist Sam Pooley has been promoted to the first team by Tottenham.

He replaces James Redden who, as we reported below, has been appointed Head of Sport Science at Luton Town.

Pooley had worked in the Spurs Academy for five years since joining as an intern.

Tottenham staff profiles


Derry returns to Palace as Academy PDP coach

SHAUN DERRY has returned to Crystal Palace as their Professional Development Phase Coach.

During two spells as a player with the London club, Derry racked up 226 appearances.

Academy Director Gary Issott said: "We always try and re-invest in former players, and Shaun really feels strongly about the football club. I think supporters can connect with players from the club and I think it’s great that the young players can see them as role models as well."

It's been a busy few months for the Eagles Academy. In July, they appointed Dean Wilkins as Head of Coaching, Sam Higgins as Head of Sports Science and Michael Kamara as Under-10s lead and Head of Player/ Parent Communications.


Coles named England U18 goalkeeping coach

DAVID COLES, who left Bristol City after five-and-a-half years this summer, has been appointed goalkeeping coach for England Under-18s.

Coles previously worked for Al Jazira in Abu Dhabi, West Ham, Portsmouth and Southampton.


Former Swansea coach joins Forest Green

PAUL REID, who left Swansea this summer after 12 years' service, has been appointed lead youth development phase coach at Forest Green Rovers.

The former Swans player, who was in charge of the U15/16s, was sacked in June along with Nia Davies and Gareth Phillips as part of a restructure at the south Wales club.

At Forest Green he will work under the charge of Hannah Dingley, the first female Academy Manager in English football.


Redden leaves Tottenham for Luton

TOTTENHAM sports scientist James Redden has left the club after eight years to become Head of Sports Science at Luton Town.

He will work with S&C coach Elliott Plant and sports scientist Luke Sanders for the newly-promoted Championship side.

"Coming into a three-man department is great for a Championship club because being a one-man band in sports science is very difficult."

Tottenham staff profiles


Appleton succeeds Smith as West Brom U23 boss

MICHAEL APPLETON has made a permanent return to West Brom to become their Under-23s manager.

The 43-year-old briefly worked as assistant to caretaker boss James Shan from April until their play-off defeat by Aston Villa a month later.

Appleton, who has managed Portsmouth and Oxford as well as having a stint in caretaker charge of Leicester, takes over from Jamie Smith, who has become Darren Moore's number two at Doncaster.

The former midfielder made 33 appearances for Albion and coached at their Academy when he retired in 2003. His side will compete in Premier League 2 Division 2 this season.


Beale and Boateng to lead Villa U18s

RICHARD BEALE has taken charge of Aston Villa Under-18s following 16 years at city rivals Birmingham.

He replaces David Hughes, who left earlier this month to take a new Head of Academy Player Development role at Southampton.

Beale, who was most recently U23s coach at St Andrews, will be assisted by former Villa midfielder George Boateng.

The Dutchman played for the club from 1999 to 2003 and was recently an Academy coach at Blackburn Rovers.


Analyst Bredice leaves Man City

OPPOSITION analyst Richard Bredice has left Manchester City after six years.

Bredice joined the club in March 2013, initially as assistant first team analyst, before being promoted to opposition analyst in July 2014.

Manchester City staff profiles


Reading Head Physio Urwin joins Norwich

READING Head Physio Jon Urwin has left the club after four years to join Premier League newcomers Norwich City.

Urwin, who has also worked at West Ham, QPR and Charlton, will report to Head of Medical Chris Burton at Carrow Road.

Norwich staff profiles

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