Manchester United hire Recruitment Analyst from Blackburn
MANCHESTER UNITED have bolstered their recruitment department by hiring Anthony Bates from Blackburn Rovers as a Recruitment Analyst.
Bates joined Rovers in January 2014 as a video technician and worked as an Under-21s Performance Analyst and then an Opposition Analyst before becoming First-Team Technical Recruitment Analyst in 2018.
Recruitment Analysts use video and data to identify talent and assess potential signings. Mick Court is United’s Technical Chief Scout.
Everton appoint new U18s assistant from Wigan
KIERAN DRISCOLL has left Wigan Athletic after eight-and-a-half years to become Under-18s assistant at Everton.
The Toffees have undergone major changes in their Academy since the end of last season, with Gareth Prosser joining as Academy Manager, Paul Tait taking charge of the U21s and Leighton Baines taking over the U18s.
Driscoll joined Wigan’s Academy in January 2014 as a coach and became their U18s Lead in October 2020.
Barcherini leaves Leeds to become Sunderland Head of Goalkeeping
ALESSANDRO BARCHERINI has left Leeds United after three years to become Head of Goalkeeping at Sunderland.
The 36-year-old replaces David Preece, who departed after 12 months at the start of July.
Barcherini was First-Team Assistant Goalkeeping Coach and Head of Academy Goalkeeping at Leeds.
He said: “I’m very excited to be joining Sunderland AFC and I can’t wait to get started. There’s a lot of similarities in the journey that Leeds United went on during my time at Elland Road and I’ve seen what the progression looks like, but more importantly I’ve seen what it looks like through the eyes of a young goalkeeper.
“There’s a lot of good people at SAFC and they have a proud tradition of producing top goalkeepers, so we want to continue that pathway and ensure our youngsters know they can progress through our Academy and play for their local club.”
Head of Coaching Stuart English added: “Throughout a detailed recruitment process, it became clear that Alessandro was the standout candidate for this role.
“He’s gained valuable experience working in three category one academies and been part of a successful senior set-up in the Championship and Premier League.
“Alessandro, whose role will be to ensure every goalkeeper at SAFC has the best individualised programme to maximise their potential, will bring fresh ideas and training methods to our existing goalkeeping programme.”
Doctor Jim Moxon leaves Liverpool after six years
FIRST-TEAM doctor Jim Moxon has left Liverpool after six years' service.
Moxon joined the Reds in June 2016 as an Academy doctor and moved to the first team in March 2020 following the departure of Andy Massey to Fifa.
However, the club have now decided to seek a replacement. Moxon led the club’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic and Liverpool said he had “also made a major contribution to the team’s success, through his excellent work in the field of sports medicine.”
Moxon added: “During my time at LFC I have met and worked with so many fantastic people in every department across the club.
“I have learnt so much about what makes a great team and how to be a better doctor. I have shared so many amazing experiences with my colleagues and the club are lucky to have so many great staff. I would like to wish everyone at the club – players and staff – the very best for the coming season and beyond.”
Sarah Lindsay remains on the staff as first-team doctor.
Former Manchester United Academy recruitment chief joins Leeds
FORMER Manchester United Assistant Head of Academy Recruitment Lyndon Tomlinson has joined Leeds United.
Tomlinson will be Head of Recruitment for the Youth Development Phase (12s to 16s) at Leeds and report into Head of Emerging Talent Craig Dean.
He is hugely experienced, having been Head of Academy Recruitment at Birmingham City and Youth Scouting and Recruitment Manager at Manchester City prior to joining United in 2017.
Tomlinson left Old Trafford four years later and has been working for business consulting firm Rogon TV recently.
Adams promoted to Head of Strength and IDP by Huddersfield
CALLUM ADAMS has been promoted to Head of Strength and IDP by Huddersfield Town.
Adams has worked at Town for more than eight years, starting as an intern with them in June 2014.
He became a Senior Physical Performance Coach two years ago and has now been promoted again. TGG has previously reported on how important individual development and IDPs (Individual Development Plans) are to the Terriers.
Watling appointed First Team Development Coach at QPR
QPR have appointed Harry Watling as First Team Development Coach with a special focus on set-pieces.
The 32-year-old joins Neil Banfield, Damian Matthew and Chris Ramsey on Head Coach Mick Beale’s coaching staff.
Beale and Watling have a relationship going back many years. When the QPR boss opened his first coaching school 20 years ago, 12-year-old Watling was one of three players who came along to his futsal club in a church hall in Bromley.
Then, in 2009, Watling got his first coaching role with Chelsea’s Academy when Beale was a phase lead. Watling has since coached at Millwall, West Ham and, since 2020, at Hartford Athletic in the USL Championship.
Beale said: “I’m delighted that Harry has joined the club. He is a talented coach who has extensive experience for his age.
“The importance of set-plays cannot be understated and I believe that having a dedicated coach in this area will be hugely beneficial.”
Watling added: “I am delighted to be here. I am very much a product of Mick in terms of what I believe in and I’m fortunate that we see the game in a similar way.
“That alignment is so important because, ultimately, we have to carry out the gaffer’s message in terms of what he wants from the players.”
QPR begin their Championship campaign away at Blackburn on Saturday.
Fleetwood Head of Academy Goalkeeping secures Premier League job
FLEETWOOD TOWN Head of Academy Goalkeeping Ben Ascroft is leaving the club after two years to join a Premier League outfit.
Ascroft joined Town in 2020 from Blackburn Rovers, where he was a youth player from the Under-11s to U18s.
Fleetwood Academy Manager Jack Higgins said: “Ben has worked incredibly hard in his two years with us at Fleetwood Town and is fully deserving of this opportunity.
“He is a coach with a lot of potential and has built fantastic relationships with all our young keepers and their families, as well as staff across the football club.
“He’ll continue working with us during this transition period as we search for his replacement.”
Fleetwood are advertising on TGG for a new Head of Academy Goalkeeping.
Halajko appointed as Colchester United's first Sporting Director
DMITRI HALAJKO has returned to Colchester United to become their first Sporting Director.
Halajko was previously Centre of Excellence Manager and Community Manager for the League Two outfit from 2000 to 2010.
Since then he has held senior Academy coaching roles at Norwich, Leicester and West Ham. For the last year he has been a Coaching Manager with the Premier League.
Interestingly, Colchester already have a Director of Football (Tony Humes) and Technical Director (Steve Ball). Usually Sporting Director, Director of Football and Technical Director would be different titles for the same role.
Jon De Souza left his role as the U's Director of Performance in April to take up a role as men's first team Development Coach at League One side Charlton Athletic.
And Joe Monks departed his position as Head of Senior Recruitment after four years to take charge as Football Operations Manager at non-league outfit South Shields.
English leaves Leicester to return to Boro
FIRST-TEAM physician Dr Bryan English has left Leicester City after two years to return to Middlesbrough.
English joined the Foxes in 2020, replacing long-serving Head Physio Dave Rennie. Manager Brendan Rodgers, who had worked with English at Chelsea, explained: “We were the only club that didn’t have a full-time doctor. Our idea was to revamp the medical team and bring in a Head of Medicine."
English was in the dugout for last Friday’s friendly against York City. Boro boss Chris Wilder has added to his backroom team this summer, with Alan Fettis joining from Manchester United as goalkeeper coach and Nick Allamby returning as Head of Athletic Development.
Coventry U23 boss and Burton PDP Lead join Villa Women
COVENTRY CITY Under-23s boss Luke Tisdale and Burton Albion Professional Development Phase Lead Sam Rose have joined Aston Villa Women.
Tisdale will be first-team coach and Rose assistant manager under boss Carla Ward. Tisdale had been with Coventry for the last decade, with the last three of them as U23s boss.
Rose had been with Burton for almost 12 years, with half of those as PDP Lead.
"We conducted a thorough interview process that focused on important areas on and off the pitch,” Ward said.
“We believe the strengths of both Sam and Luke will compliment the rest of the staffing group to help drive our standards and bring in fresh ideas."
"Both Sam and Luke have a strong history of developing teams as well as individuals. Both are very detailed coaches and have a hunger to make players better and compete at a high level. I look forward to working with them across the season."
Carly Davies (former first-team coach) and Alan Reeves (former assistant) have both departed the club.
Former Arsenal nutritionist joins Bournemouth
LAURA ANDREWS has joined newly-promoted Bournemouth as a consultant performance nutritionist.
Andrews was previously Lead Performance Nutritionist at QPR and Arsenal.
Parslow joins Swansea City as set-piece coach
ANDY PARSLOW has joined Swansea City in the new role of set-piece coach.
The Uefa A Licence holder previously worked for AFC Wimbledon for the last three years. He started with the club as an Academy coach in 2019 before becoming restarts coach in March 2021.
Although Swansea scored the third-highest number of goals from open play in the Championship last season (53) they were lowest for goals from set pieces (two).
Manager Russell Martin said: "It's an area we need to improve on. Andy has real expertise in that area and has had great results with his previous club.
"He was really enthusiastic from the off, and we spoke to quite a few people about that role. We had been looking at what we wanted to do around the first-team staff to support us and the players, and I really think it is going to help us.
"He really impressed us when we spoke to him, he presented to us his ideas on our set-pieces from last year and he had done a lot of research and work on that. It's a clear area that can make the difference, and we have to be better at it. I think if you look at Huddersfield and Luton's record from set pieces last season, that played a big part in them getting to where they did in the league.
"We scored a lot of goals from open play last year which was brilliant, but now we need to add something else to our armoury and that is set-pieces.
"It's the mentality around them, the time and effort that goes into analysing opposition weaknesses and strengths, as well as identifying ours and making sure we've got something that works."
Former Arsenal Head of Performance Forsythe joins Dortmund
FORMER Arsenal Head of Performance Shad Forsythe has joined Borussia Dortmund.
Forsythe left the Gunners at the end of last season after eight years' service. The American, who has also been Head of Performance with the German national team since 2004, was brought to North London by Arsene Wenger in 2014.
He will be Head of Performance at Dortmund as part of a new-look backroom team. Edin Terzic was appointed Head Coach at the end of May and Peter Hermann and Sebastian Geppert will be his assistants.
Euell leaves Charlton after nine years to become first-team coach at Bristol City
JASON EUELL has left Charlton after nine years to become first-team coach at Bristol City.
The 45-year-old joined Charlton’s Academy coaching staff in 2013, managing the U21s and U23s before becoming first-team coach in April 2021.
He played under City boss Nigel Pearson during his three months in charge of Southampton. Euell will work alongside assistant manager Curtis Fleming and goalkeeping coach Pat Mountain at Charlton.
"Jason will really add to our coaching and bring different skills and experiences to the group," Pearson said. "We are all looking forward to working with him.”
Euell added: “It happened quite quickly so I'm really happy to get out on the grass and contribute as much as I can.
"It just came about through contacts. Once people were aware I had left Charlton... it wasn't just a case of jumping back into a job after a matter of days, it was a case that it felt right.
“When Bristol City showed interest it was me knowing the club and playing against them all these years in the 16s and 23s, knowing what the team were about and what the club was about. Knowing what Nigel was about, playing under him at Southampton, it felt right for me.
"It's just who he is as a person and a manager. I was grateful when he came to Southampton. A circle of some of my friends that have played and worked under Nigel, and knowing that he made that initial reach out, it felt for me that he was someone that would be able to help me move forward and me being able to help him.”
Renshaw promoted to assistant GK coach at Blackburn
BLACKBURN ROVERS have promoted 24-year-old Chris Renshaw to assistant first team goalkeeping/ transition coach.
Renshaw, who also plays part-time for National League North side Curzon Ashton, makes the step up from his role as Academy goalkeeping coach.
He will provide support to goalkeeping coach Ben Benson and help to bridge the gap between the first team and Academy for Rovers’ young shot-stoppers.
“I’m really thankful to Ben and the club for giving me this opportunity,” Renshaw said. “I’ll be working alongside some top-class goalkeepers and will give my all to help develop them.”
Benson added: “I’m delighted to have Chris on board. We are always looking at ways to try and improve both the goalkeeping department and the club, and we believe that this is one step towards that.”
Kyle appointed Assistant Head Coach at Watford
NEW Watford Head Coach Rob Edwards has taken his former Forest Green number two Richie Kyle with him to Vicarage Road.
The 37-year-old began his coaching career as an Academy coach at Blackburn Rovers and went on to work for Everton and Blackpool, which is where he first met Edwards.
“When I finished playing I was still living in Blackpool and knew I wanted to go into coaching,” Edwards remembered. “Richie was working with Blackpool’s Academy at the time and my first ever coaching session that I watched and I joined in with, he was taking the session.
“I did a little bit of finishing work at the end with the forwards. I didn’t do too much, but I learnt a lot from Richie. We stayed in contact after that and our paths didn’t cross again until the FA.”
Kyle join the Football Association as an out-of-possession specialist in 2017, while Edwards was an in-possession specialist.
After a brief spell with the Canadian Women’s national team as an assistant coach, Kyle reunitied with Edwards at Forest Green Rovers.
Last year they won League Two with 84 points.
“Richie is an expert on the grass,” Edwards said. “His main focus during our time at Forest Green Rovers was more of the out-of-possession work and he led with the set-pieces. He will be doing the same type of thing again, but we will bounce off each other on a daily basis.
“As well as getting involved with the problem-solving out on the grass, he is someone who I can trust to speak to the players, and have one-to-ones or unit meetings. He is a real people person, so it’s not just his stuff on the grass, but it’s his expertise in dealing with people and building relationships that’s really valuable.
“I think your thoughts have to be aligned, but you haven’t got to have the same way of thinking, otherwise Richie would just say yes to everything I suggested. He is someone who will challenge me and he is comfortable in doing that. He is a really valuable member of my team and someone who I wouldn’t go into a job without.”
Carr appointed Individual Development Coach at Wolves
RHYS CARR has been appointed to the new role of Under-15s to 23s Individual Development Coach at Wolves.
This is similar to the role that Carr pioneered at Bristol City and Sheffield United. He will be supporting Darren Ryan, the Elite Player Development Manager at Wolves, and working closely with U18s Head Coach Steve Davis and U23s Head Coach James Collins.
For the last six months Carr has been Head of the Professional Phase at Bristol Rovers. He starts at Wolves on Monday.
Madden leaves Leeds to become Head of Academy Physical Performance at Hull
JONATHAN MADDEN has left Leeds United after 16 months to become Head of Academy Physical Performance at Hull City.
Madden joined Leeds in March 2021 as Head of Academy Athletic Development, having previously worked for Middlesbrough’s Academy for almost a decade.
Writing on LinkedIn, Madden said: “It has been a privilege and honour to have worked for this fantastic football club and with some incredibly talented players and staff.
“I wish everyone connected with Leeds United every success in the future both on and off the pitch.”
Leeds are in the process of recruiting a replacement for Madden.
Di Michele appointed Technical Director of Swindon Town
SANDRO DI MICHELE has been appointed Technical Director of League Two Swindon Town.
In his new role he will oversee “all football operations including recruitment, medical, analysis, the Academy and will work closely with the Head Coach (currently Ben Garner) and Chief Executive Officer Rob Angus.
Di Michele was Head Recruitment Analyst at Wigan Athletic for six months last year and has since been working as a consultant for EFL and National League clubs.
Angus said: “Following a diligent and thorough recruitment process it became very clear that Sandro was the standout candidate for the role.
“Sandro has a very successful track record in data driven recruitment at a number of clubs. His philosophy and understanding of the game is completely aligned with the culture of Swindon Town Football Club and he will play an integral role in bringing success to The County Ground.”
Di Michele added: “When I met with Chairman Clem Morfuni and CEO Rob Angus I was blown away by the philosophy and culture at the club. When I see what they have both achieved in a short period of time I knew this was a project I had to be part of.”
Broughton leaves FK BODØ/GLIMT after five years as Academy boss
GREGG BROUGHTON has left FK BODØ/GLIMT in Norway after almost five years as their Academy Director.
Broughton was Academy Manager at Norwich City and Luton Town, helping to develop players including Ben Chilwell, James Maddison, Max Aarons and James Justin, before moving to Glimt in November 2017.
Last November he appeared on the TGG Podcast and gave insights into BODØ/GLIMT unique philosophy and the importance of the Academy within this.
Writing on LinkedIn today, he announced his exit from the club.
“To be part of the journey during this period has been a privilege due to the success and exponential growth we have enjoyed,” Broughton said.
“I’m incredibly proud of what has been achieved and will be eternally grateful for the opportunity to play a part in that. But all good things must come to an end, and, in my case, travelling to the Cordial Cup in Kitzbuhel, Austria was my last trip with Glimt.
“Let’s see where this amazing journey leads to next, but until then thank-you to the people of Bodø and North Norway for welcoming my family and I so warmly, you will always have special place in our hearts.”
Lucas replaces Little as Preston Head of Performance
JOHN LUCAS has been appointed Head of Physical Performance at Preston North End.
He replaces Tom Little who, as TGG revealed last week, has left the club after nine years to join Sheffield United.
Lucas joins from Salford City, where he had been Head of Performance for nine months. He has also worked for Plymouth, Bury and Barnsley.
Burton appointed U23s assistant at Blackburn
MARK BURTON has been appointed Under-23s assistant at Blackburn's Category One Academy.
Burton joins from Notts County, where he was U23s coach and Head of Coaching. He has also worked at Barnsley for a decade, as Head of Coaching, and at Rotherham United.
This is the first time Rovers have had an U23s assistant since the departure of David Dunn in 2018. Burton will work alongside U23s lead Mike Sheron.
He said: “It was an easy decision to accept joining a club that puts a lot into developing youth in the right way. It seems to be a really good fit for me and I’m really looking forward to getting on the grass in pre-season and working with the staff and players.
"It’ll be a great challenge for me, but the pathway and development plan is important at Rovers and that was a big selling point for me.”
Plymouth appoint new Assistant Manager and Head of Recruitment
PLYMOUTH ARGYLE have appointed Mark Hughes as Assistant Manager and Jimmy Dickinson to the new position of Head of Recruitment.
Hughes, 35, joined the club as a coach in January, having recently retired from playing following a spell with Bristol Rovers. He now takes the Assistant Manager role following the exit of Keith Downing at the end of the season.
Dickinson joined Argyle in the summer of 2019 as Lead Performance Analyst and in his new role will be “primarily responsible for identifying and monitoring potential first team targets.”
Sam Morcom will now step up into Dickinson’s former role.
Director of Football Neil Dewsnip said: “These changes further show the development of Argyle as a forward-thinking football club and hopefully support the development of the team towards our goal of becoming a Championship side in the seasons ahead."
Litherland exits Bolton after two seasons
ACADEMY MANAGER Mark Litherland has left Bolton Wanderers after two seasons.
Litherland was appointed to the role in August 2020, but has left to "pursue other opportunities", TGG understands.
The club, who dropped down from Category Two to Three at the start of 2021, are set to undergo a major Academy restructure this summer and introduce a B Team.
Academy Operations Manager Andy Watkins will replace Litherland on a temporary basis while the club look for a permanent replacement.
Before joining Bolton, Litherland worked for Bury for seven years, first as Lead Youth Development Phase Coach and then Academy Manager.
Head of Recruitment Joe McClaren leaves Derby County
JOE MCCLAREN has left his role as Derby County’s Head of Recruitment after five-and-a-half years to become Head of Football Operations at sports management company New Era.
McClaren, the son of former Derby manager and Technical Director Steve, joined the Rams in November 2016 after spells as a scout with Southampton and FC Twente in Holland.
However, Derby have been unable to make new signings since being plunged into administration last September.
Writing on LinkedIn, McClaren said he had "a heavy heart to leave Derby County, a club that I have had a lifetime of ties with and was proud to represent."
He added: “I want to thank everyone that supported me internally and externally in my time at Derby, in five and a half years I experienced everything possible alongside many great people. I wish them all the success in the future.
“I’m now looking forward to using my scouting, recruitment, player placement and network skill sets and experience to positive affect for the well established and fast growing New Era team.”
Derby's administrators today exchanged contracts for the sale of the club with Chris Kirchner. The American businessman will fund the club from next week and said he did not "anticipate any issues" completing the process of the sale.
In a statement, administrators Quantuma said the exchange was "conditional on the sale of the stadium, EFL approval and receiving secured creditor consent". Completion of the sale is targeted for May 31st or before.
Seager leaves Bristol City to join Hudl
ALEX SEAGER has left Bristol City after four-and-a-half years to become Support Specialist, Match Analysis for Hudl.
Seager joined The Robins as first-team performance analyst in November 2017, having previously worked for Swindon Town and The Football Association.
Knighton promoted to Academy Manager at Cambridge United
DOMINIC KNIGHTON has been promoted to Academy Manager at Cambridge United.
He takes over from Tom Pell, who was appointed Academy Manager at Charlton Athletic earlier this week.
Knighton joined Cambridge in May 2019 as Head of Academy Recruitment, having previously been Regional Development Manager at Norwich City.
Category Three Cambridge placed 60th in TGG’s 2020/21 Academy Productivity Rankings.
Gent leaves Boro after 14 years to join Bradford City
STEPHEN GENT has left Middlesbrough after almost 14 years to become Head of Recruitment at Bradford City.
Gent joined Boro in September 2008 as an Academy scout and went on to hold coaching, analysis and senior scouting roles. In November 2021 he was appointed Loans and Scouting Operations Manager by the Championship club.
League Two Bradford City have already signalled their ambitions by hiring Mark Hughes as manager.
Gent said: “The long term is going to be massive for us. We want to bring players through and recruit them at the right ages, and hopefully that will stand us in good stead for the future.”
Hughes added: “We took our time with the appointment and are really pleased Stephen is on board.
“He has great knowledge of all levels of the footballing pyramid, and we were all struck by the insight Stephen has into the character of players, which will be important in ensuring we get the right ones through the door."
Preston appoint first Player Loans & Pathways Manager
PRESTON have appointed James Beet as their first ever Player Loans & Pathways Manager.
Beet joined Preston as Senior Recruitment Analyst in March 2021. He had previously worked as a Recruitment Analyst at Barnsley for three years.
Writing on LinkedIn, Beet said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time working within the club's recruitment structure but I'm now very much looking forward to the new challenges, opportunities and rewards that lie ahead in this new exciting role.”
Fitness coach Goulden exits Burnley for Liverpool
MIKE GOULDEN has left Burnley after four years to become an Academy Fitness Coach at Liverpool.
Goulden joined the Clarets in December 2017 and was promoted from Academy to first team in August 2021 following the exits of Sport Scientist Ronan Kavanagh and S&C coach Tom Short.
There has been an almost total clear-out of backroom staff since ALK Capital took over the club in December 2020:
FOOTBALL STAFF TO HAVE DEPARTED SINCE ALK TAKEOVER:
- Manager: Sean Dyche
- Assistant: Ian Woan
- Goalkeeper coaches: Billy Mercer and Fabian Otte
- First-team coaches: Steve Stone and Tony Loughlan
- Technical Director: Mike Rigg
- Academy Manager: Jon Pepper
- Media Managers: Darren Bentley and Pete Oliver
- Sport Scientist: Ronan Kavanagh
- Performance coach: Mike Goulden
- S&C coach: Tom Short
- Head Physio: Ally Beattie
- Head of Recruitment: Martin Hodge
Head of Academy Operations leaves Norwich for QPR
NORWICH CITY Head of Academy Operations William Lambert has left the club after four years to take up the same role at QPR.
Lambert joined in May 2019 as Academy Administrator and was appointed Head of Academy Operations in January 2021.
Writing on LinkedIn, he said: "Thank you to everyone at Norwich City for a great four years. Going to miss a lot of faces!
"It’s been a journey from placement student to Academy Operations Manager, but times move on. One chapter closes, another one opens. I hope the blue and white suits me!"
Nicholson appointed Coach Educator at Everton
KEVIN NICHOLSON has been appointed as Everton’s first Coach Educator.
The role will involve supporting the club’s Academy coaches with their professional development, providing “guidance and support in their professional qualification journey” and providing clear development plans for each coach.
Nicholson, who has been Coaching Auditor for the Premier League since July 2021, takes up his new role on Tuesday.
Writing on LinkedIn, he said: “Privileged to have been given the opportunity to work with the club I have supported all my life. The role will involve taking on responsibility for leading the Coach Development programme.
“A key aspect will be working closely with the coaches to ensure that the club’s identity and coaching philosophy is aligned and embedded across all age groups within the Academy. The aims will include helping to create support programmes that can enable the club’s Academy coaches and young players to fulfil their potential.”
Nicholson was previously manager of Bangor City and U23s boss at Cardiff City.
First-team analyst Coulston exits Newcastle after a decade
NEWCASTLE UNITED first-team analyst Billy Coulston has left the club after a decade.
Coulston joined in March 2011 on a community coach placement before becoming an intern. He was then appointed Lead Academy Analyst and took on his current job in June 2017.
Writing on LinkedIn, Coulston said: “After nearly 10 years at Newcastle United, the time has come to move on.
“What a privilege it’s been to work for such a special football club and work with so many great people along the way. I’ll be cheering on the team from afar!”
Berry appointed Lead Academy Performance Coach by Forest
KIERAN BERRY has left Swansea City after three years to become Lead Academy Physical Performance Coach at Nottingham Forest.
Berry joined the Swans in March 2019 as Academy S&C coach and was latterly their Head of Academy Athletic Development.
Murray appointed assistant at Besiktas
FORMER Barnsley, Mansfield and Boston coach Adam Murray has been appointed assistant at Turkish side Besiktas.
The appointment follows that of Head Coach Valerien Ismael, with whom he worked at Oakwell.
Writing on Twitter, Murray said: “Proud and honoured to be the assistant Coach at Besiktas… an amazing club with brilliant, passionate fans. Let’s do this!”
Lovell leaves West Brom to join Wolves Academy
ASHLEY LOVELL has left West Brom after a decade to become a lead coach in the Foundation and Youth Development Phases at nearby Wolves.
Lovell was a youth player at Albion from 2008 to 2010, until the age of 18, before he moved into their coaching set-up. His most recent role was as their Lead 9s to 11s coach.
Williams returns to Walsall as Academy Manager
ROB WILLIAMS has returned to Walsall as Academy Manager and set the target of becoming the best Category Three club in the country.
He was previously Head of Coaching at the club from 2017 to 2019 and has spent the last two-and-a-half years as Head of Academy Coach Development at Shrewsbury Town.
The Uefa A Licence and Advanced Youth Award holder said: “The overriding feeling is one of excitement. It’s been a while since I’ve been here last time and I think we’ve got a real opportunity to push and drive the programme forward.
“I think we’ve got an opportunity to get this Academy back to where it was a number of years ago and potentially become the best Category Three in the country. That’s the ambition, that’s the drive that I’ve got.
“My job is to instil that into the staff, support the staff and put processes and procedures in place to help us all develop the programme to where it should be.”
Williams replaces Miguel Llera, who had been Academy Manager since July 2019 and is now looking for a new challenge. Walsall placed 51st in TGG’s 2020/21 Academy Productivity Rankings, behind 11 other Category Threes.
Former Man City analyst appointed Commercial Director at Skylab
ADAM COLLINS, the former Football Projects Manager for City Football Group, has been appointed as Commercial Director for sports technology firm Skylab.
The role, which was advertised on TGG before Christmas, will entail leading all commercial strategies for Skylab’s team of performance analysts, project leads and data scientists.
Collins worked for Manchester City for seven years as Head of Academy Performance Analyst before taking on the Football Projects role with CFG in 2014.
He said: “I am excited to join Skylab and work with a company full of talented individuals that truly have the capability and resources to deliver end-to-end solutions for any aspect that an athlete, club, or sporting organisation could need.”
Manchester-headquartered Skylab specialise in digital services and sports performance analysis.
Whalley succeeds Johnson as Head of Sport Science at Shrewsbury
CHRIS WHALLEY has left Blackpool after three years to become Head of Sport Science at League One Shrewsbury Town.
He replaces Andy Johnson, who has left after three years to join GPS firm Catapult as their Business Development Manager.
Whalley had been first-team sport scientist with Blackpool since June 2019.
Sharkey appointed Head of Sport Science for Australia Women
FORMER Aston Villa Lead Sport Scientist Jack Sharkey has been appointed Head of Sport Science for Women’s National Teams for Australia.
Sharkey left Aston Villa after four-and-a-half years in December following the arrival of Steven Gerrard as manager.
Gerrard brought Jordan Milsom in with him from Rangers as Head of Fitness and Conditioning, while Head of Performance Jeremy Oliver, Head of Sport Medicine and Science Ricky Shamji remained on the staff from previous manager Dean Smith.
Johnson leaves West Brom to join England as performance analyst
ADAM JOHNSON has left West Brom after five years to become Men’s Performance Analyst at the Football Association.
Johnson joined the Baggies in December 2016 as Lead Academy Analyst and was promoted to first-team Performance Analyst in March 2018.
Writing on LinkedIn yesterday, he said: “Start of a new chapter today. Great memories from West Brom and have met some top people along the way.”
One of England’s other Men’s Performance Analysts, Alex Scanlon, also worked for West Brom (from 2013 to 2016) before joining the FA.
Dowling returns to Everton as first-team performance coach
JACK DOWLING has returned to Everton to become their first-team performance coach.
The practitioner left last January after spending more than seven years in the Academy as sport scientist and then strength and conditioning coach to become first-team performance coach at Blackburn Rovers.
Now he has returned to the Toffees, who have been light on numbers in their performance department following the departures of Head of Sport Science and Jamie Harley and Rehabilitation Fitness Coach Cristian Fernandez with manager Rafa Benitez in January.