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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


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.

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