Bulletin Board


Tottenham's Ali appointed Reading U23s assistant

TOTTENHAM Under-16 coach Mehmet Ali has joined Reading as U23s assistant.

He will work with the Royals U23 coach Scott Marshall. Meanwhile, former Readiing defender Nicky Shorey has returned to the club as lead scout for the Professional Development Phase.


Collins promoted to first team by Arsenal

STEPHEN COLLINS has been promoted to first-team performance analyst by Arsenal.

He originally joined the Gunners in August 2016 - initially as a consultant, before being made full-time in June 2017.

Collins had previously worked for Lincoln City, Doncaster Belles and Wales Hockey.

Arsenal staff profiles


Bilic appoints two Croatian assistants

NEW West Brom boss Slaven Bilic has appointed two Croatian assistants at West Brom.

Dean Racunica, 49, worked with Bili? during his two European Championship campaigns and has a background as a scout/analyst.

Danilo Butorovic, 34, is described as a “rising star of Croatian coaching” by the Baggies and worked with Bilic for Al Ittihad.

Jimmy Shan, who was caretaker for the final months of last season, today announced he was leaving the club after 13 years to pursue his own managerial ambitions. Goalkeeper coach Gary Walsh and fitness coach Nick are staying on from last season, however.


Margetson completes new-look Swansea coaching staff

ENGLAND goalkeeping coach Martyn Margetson has joined Swansea City.

The former Wales international replaces Adrian Tucker, whose second spell at the club last only a year. Margetson is highly experienced, having coached for West Ham, Cardiff, Crystal Palace and Everton at club level and for Wales and England on the international stage.

The 47-year-old has been part of the senior England coaching set-up since August 2016 and will continue in this role while working for the Swans.

On LinkedIn, Tucker wrote: “I will reflect on the last year and take many positives from the experience of my 10th season in professional football.

“Hopefully the next challenge is not too far away and I can continue to give the best of my abilities & professionalism to my next employer and professional players I encounter.”

Swansea manager Steve Cooper has now completed his backroom team, with assistant Mike Marsh, fitness coach David Tivey and now Margetson joining him from the Football Association.


Tivey leaves FA to become Fitness Coach at Swansea City

DAVID TIVEY has been reunited with manager Steve Cooper and assistant Mike Marsh in his new role as Fitness Coach at Swansea City.

The trio previously worked together with England Under-17s, winning the World Cup in 2017. Tivey's title with the Football Association was National Team Performance Coach.

Prior to joining the FA, Tivey was Fitness Coach at Bury in 2013/14 and Sports Science Lead Intern at Everton from 2011 to 2013.


Godfrey named Head of Medical at Coventry City

PAUL GODFREY has been appointed Head of Medical and Performance at League One Coventry City.

Godfrey was sacked as Head of Medical at Cardiff City after a year in post last May. Previously he had worked for Swindon Town for five and a half years.

Since leaving Cardiff he has worked in several roles on a consultancy basis, including Head Therapist for Cirque du Soleil.


Johnson named Shrewsbury fitness coach

ANDY JOHNSON has been appointed first-team fitness coach at League One Shrewsbury.

He replaces Marc Lindsey, who has left the club after two years.

Johnson worked under Gary Rowett at Stoke and Birmingham and has also had spells at Norwich and Blackburn.

Shrewsbury manager Sam Ricketts said: "For me, fitness is a real necessity and something I really strive for.

"I like us to be the fittest team we can be. Andy knows what the players need to reach peak fitness and will certainly be pushing them to reach new heights."


Worthington appointed U17 coach at Huddersfield

FORMER club captain Jon Worthington has been promoted from lead Academy Physio to Under-17 coach at Huddersfield Town.

The 36-year-old made almost 250 appearances for the Terriers between 2002 and 2009 before re-joining as part of the medical team in June 2015.

Academy Manager Leigh Bromby had taken the U17 role on an interim basis following Mark Hudson’s move to first team coach under manager Jan Siewert, with Dean Whitehead taking the U19s.

Last season the Terriers ran only U17 and U19 teams as they went from Category 4 to 2, and Bromby said: “Being U17 coach in our Academy setup makes you a very influential figure. It’s a very specialist role at this club - one of the most vital in terms of player development.

“Year on year, our U17 group will be entirely new to the club. As such, they will not have the coaching and knowledge behind them that our previous U16 players would in terms of, for example, knowing our playing style.

“Also, our focus at Under-17 level is entirely on developing the players, not on winning games. Everything is focused on giving our players challenges to overcome and skills that will stand them in good stead over the course of their careers.

“Jon is the person I wanted to coach our U17s because he totally agrees with and believes in that philosophy. You couldn’t meet a more driven winner, but he understands that his job is all about improving the abilities of our players.”


Bartlett named Fulham Head of Academy Coaching

BEN BARTLETT has left the Football Association to become Head of Academy Coaching at Fulham.

As TGG reported in January, previous incumbent Steve Wigley has moved to a new role, working mainly with the 17 to 21 age group, while Bartlett will oversee coaching.

Academy Manager Huw Jennings told TGG: “Because of the size of a modern Category 1 Academy like ours, you can’t realistically coach both the players and the coaches. It’s just too big a job for one man, so we’ve decided to have this reorganisation of roles.”

Bartlett worked as a coach educator at the FA for almost 12 years and was also General Manager and Director of Coaching for Chelsea Women for two years.


Reid appointed Scotland assistant

STEVEN REID has been appointed as one of Steve Clarke’s assistants with Scotland.

The former Republic of Ireland midfielder served as one of Jimmy Shan’s assistants at West Brom in the final few weeks of the Championship season.

However, with Shan now set to step down from caretaker manager to first-team coach, Reid has moved on.

Kilmarnock's Alex Dyer has been chosen as another of Scotland manager Steve Clarke's assistants, while Stevie Woods will remain as goalkeeping coach.


'Blades Analytics' signed up by Peterborough

JAY SOCIK - AKA Blades Analytics - has been signed up by Peterborough United to work on their 'Gem Initiative'.

That's the name chairman Darragh MacAnthony has given to a project to find the best young gems in the lower leagues.

If you don't already know, Blades Analytics is a Twitter account run by 'budding performance analyst' and Sheffield United fan Socik (and is one of TGG's favourite accounts).

MacAnthony was so impressed with what Socik wrote about new signing Christy Pym that he invited the analyst to work on a six-month placement at Posh and has paid him up front.


Cooper promoted to Academy Manager by Mansfield Town

RICHARD COOPER has been promoted from Under-21 coach to Academy Manager by Mansfield Town.

The 39-year-old replaces John Dempster, who was appointed first team manager earlier this month.

The former Nottingham Forest player joined the Stags’ backroom staff in July 2012 before becoming U21 coach in November 2016.

“I’m honoured and excited to be named as the Academy Manager of Mansfield Town,” he said. “As an Academy, we are now striving towards Category 3 status, which would upgrade the Academy for the start of the 2020/21 season, under the criteria and guidelines of the EFL.

“I am taking over an Academy which is already performing beyond all expectations.”


Willis leaves Leicester after four seasons

LEICESTER are advertising for an assistant strength and power coach following the departure of Jack Milligan after four seasons.

Milligan joined on a part-time basis in 2015/16 before being made permanent the following season. He told TGG he now plans to go to Australia to gain coaching experience in a new environment.

His replacement will report into strength and power coach Mitch Willis and will plan and deliver gym-based sessions.

Leicester staff profiles


Leicester create new Head of Technical Development role

LEICESTER CITY have split the traditional Head of Coaching role in two: Head of Coach Development and Head of Player Technical Development.

The Head of Coach Development is Paul Cheney and the club is now advertising for the new position of Head of Player Technical Development, which it says “has overall responsibility for the football development of players in the Academy from U9 to U18.”

“The role will ensure that players transitioning into the U23 and First Team have the required technical ability and tactical knowledge to make an impact and continue their football pathway,” the club adds.


De Souza becomes Colchester's first Director of Performance

COLCHESTER Academy Manager Jon De Souza has been promoted to the new role of Director of Performance.

Chairman Robbie Cowling said: "I felt that the club needed a department that would concentrate solely on improving the performances of our teams, players and staff.

"Sport has moved on so far in recent years and those teams that have invested in modern methods to enhance their performances have been rewarded with amazing returns.

"Jon has a Sports Science degree, a Business Masters degree, has coached at first team level and he has done a great job for Colchester United since he joined as Academy Manager three years ago.”

De Souza joined the League Two side from Brentford as Academy boss in June 2016.

Meanwhile, Head Physio Tony Flynn has retired after 14 years at the club. He was Head Physio at Leyton Orient from 1996 to 2003, before spending three years at MK Dons and then moved to Colchester.


Congerton appointed Head of Recruitment at Leicester

CELTIC Head of Recruitment Lee Congerton has left the Scottish champions to take the same role with Leicester City.

The 45-year-old Welshman is reunited with manager Brendan Rodgers, with whom he worked at Celtic and Chelsea.

Congerton moved to Celtic in March 2017 after three years as Sporting Director at Sunderland.

Prior to that he was a youth coach and chief scout at Chelsea, where Rodgers was reserve coach, and then spent two years as Technical Director at Hamburg.


Jenkinson promoted by Derby

Luke Jenkinson has been promoted to Head of Academy Sports Science and Medicine by Derby County.

Jenkinson has been Head of Strength and Conditioning at the Category 1 Academy since August 2016.

Prior to that he worked at Sheffield United for six years.


Johnson appointed first team analyst at Crystal Palace

Thomas Johnson has been promoted to first team performance analyst at Crystal Palace.

He has been Head of Academy Performance Analysis at the club since March 2017. Prior to that, Johnson worked at Derby County's Academy for two years.

Crystal Palace staff profiles


Analyst Hill promoted by Tottenham

Jonathan Hill has been promoted to Lead Post Match and Data Analyst at Tottenham.

The former Blackburn and Crystal Palace analyst joined Spurs in February 2017 and was formerly Lead Player Development Analyst at the club.

Tottenham staff profiles


Wiseman leaves S&C role at Exeter

Andrew Wiseman has left his role as strength and conditioning coach at Exeter City.

He joined the club last June following almost three years as S&C and sports scientist with Celtic Women.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Exeter City for giving me the honour and privilege of being the club’s first ever full-time S&C coach,” Wiseman tweeted.

“I cannot thank the staff, players & supporters at the club enough for their help and support, both personally and professionally, during my time in Devon.”


Arsenal advertise for first team analyst

Arsenal are advertising for a new first team analyst.

They will be involved in pre-match opposition analysis, post-match analysis, training analysis and research.

The closing date is April 16th.

Arsenal staff profiles


Wolves create new Head of Academy Operations role

Wolves are advertising for the new role of Head of Academy Operations.

The position is becoming more common at top Academies and reflects the fact they are becoming bigger and more complex organisations.

At the end of last year, Wolves Academy Manager Scott Sellars told TGG: "Academies are massive organisations now. We have 100 odd kids and about 70 staff. For one person to be on top of everything - recruitment, coaching, medical, sport science - is probably impossible.”

The new person will offer operational and administrative support, while Sellars will focus on leadership on the football side.


Rotherham appoint new recruitment chiefs

Rob Scott and Chris Trotter have been appointed to head up Rotherham United’s recruitment department.

Scott joins from Watford and Trotter from Middlesbrough, where he was head of technical recruitment and senior scout.

Recruitment was identified as an area that needed addressing for the South Yorkshire club after they landed just one signing in the January window.

Scott is a former Rotherham player and was a team-mate of manager Paul Warne and his assistants Richie Barker and Mike Pollitt.

“It's a great opportunity to come into a club that I know and still have links to,” he said. “I'm really excited to get into the challenge of the job and to see where we can go with it.

“I know what Warney is all about, he was as a player, he is as a person and that doesn't stray too far from the remit of what we need to bring into the football club. I don't think it has changed too much from the days when I was playing here.”


Brighton promote Tribe

Brighton have promoted Jordan Tribe to senior performance analyst.

He joined the club in August 2012 and has worked with the first team since October 2015.

Brighton staff profiles


Rios leaves Wolves

Wolves European scout Miguel Rios has been appointed Football Intelligence Manager at data and tech firm OptaPro.

Rios was at Wolves from September 2017 to February 2019. He was previously senior scout at Fulham for two years and at Brentford for five years.

Rios has also worked as a coach at Arsenal and Barcelona.


Schoenmaker joins Anderlecht

Former Crystal Palace performance coach Alessandro Schoenmaker has joined Belgian side Anderlecht.

The Brazilian worked for Palace from June 2017 to August 2018 and also has a long association with QPR manager Steve McClaren, having worked with him at FC Twente, Nottingham Forest, Wolfsburg, Derby County and Newcastle.

At Anderlecht, he will replace fitness coach. Gino Caen. The club’s Sporting Director, Frank Arnesen, said: "In this phase of the competition we have to do everything we can and we do this with specialists in every domain.

“We are very satisfied with the arrival of Alessandro, who has a lot of experience at top international level.”


Greenhouse promoted to first team by Man City

Physio Anthony Greenhouse has been promoted from Academy to first team by Manchester City.

Greenhouse joined City from nearby Oldham in 2008.

Manchester City staff profiles


Fleming promoted to assistant first team coach by Southampton

Craig Fleming has been promoted to assistant first team coach at Southampton.

The former Norwich City player has been U23 coach since June 2018. He first joined Saints in March 2015 as U18 lead.


Liverpool's Morgan joins Celtic

Oliver Morgan has been appointed Head of Academy Sports Science at Celtic.

Morgan has been a sports scientist as Liverpool's Academy since July 2011.


Goodwin named Head of Academy Sports Science at Fulham

Jon Goodwin has been appointed Head of Academy Sports Science at Fulham, following two years as national S&C manager for the Saudi Arabia Olympic Committee.

Prior to that he worked for St Mary's University in London for 16 years, latterly as programme director for their MSc in S&C.

Read more on:


More stories

Sign up to our newsletter to get all the latest news from The Guru