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Former Barnsley duo land new jobs

TWO practitioners who were made redundant by Barnsley in June have now found employment at other clubs.

Sam Bowring, who was Barnsley's Head of Academy Sports Science and Medicine for 18 months, has been appointed as Under-18s sports scientist at Wolves.

And Jamie Powell, who was Head of Academy Analysis for three years at the Yorkshire club, has joined Oldham as their first team performance analyst.


Phillips appointed Head of Sports Science by Krasnodar

FORMER QPR Head of Performance John Phillips has joined Russian side Krasnodar as Head of Sports Science.

Krasnodar, who were only formed in 2008. are bankrolled by billionaire Sergey Galitsky, founder of the Magnit supermarket chain.

Phillips is hugely experienced, having worked for QPR for nearly seven years, as well as for the Taiwan national team, Al Ahli, Malmo, Southampton and the Football Association.

Krasnodar were beaten 4-0 by Chelsea in the Champions League earlier this week.


Charlton Head of Coaching leaves after eight years

CHARLTON Head of Coaching Adam Lawrence is leaving the club after eight years.

The Pro Licence holder, who joined from Millwall in September 2012, said “now is the right time to take the next step in my coaching journey.”

Announcing the news on LinkedIn, Lawrence wrote: “After eight amazing years, I have decided to leave my role as Head of Coaching (U9-U23) at Charlton Athletic Youth Academy.

“After so many happy years at the club it was a difficult decision to make but I feel now is the right time to take the next step in my coaching journey.

“I will be eternally grateful for the opportunity to work at such a special club, and feel proud to have been a part of a successful programme in developing players and young people.

“I look forward to working my notice period and wish the club and Academy every success in the future.”


Andrews replaces Allison as Arsenal nutritionist

LAURA ANDREWS has been promoted to lead nutritionist by Arsenal.

Andrews joined Arsenal's Academy last November from QPR, where she had worked for almost six years.

She replaces Richard Allison, who left in September after three years with the Gunners.

Andrews wrote this article on protein bars for TGG in 2018.

You can read the Arsenal staff profiles here.


Riza appointed U23s boss at Watford

OMER RIZA has been appointed as the permanent Under-23s boss at Watford after doing the job on an interim basis last season.

When Hayden Mullins was moved to the first team last term - as caretaker manager and then assistant - Riza filled his role with the U23s, having been his assistant since June 2019.

With Mullins now having moved to Colchester to become their assistant manager, Riza has been given the lead U23s role with the Hornets on a permanent basis.

The 40-year-old, who used to be manager of Leyton Orient, is also assistant to Justin Cochrane with England U17s.

“I’ve come into the group with Hayden and he made me feel part of it, got me involved," Riza said. "I’m very happy to be given the opportunity now and hopefully I can continue the good work that’s being done at the club."


Former Wigan Head of Medical joins Blackburn

ANDREW PROCTER, who was part of the exodus from Wigan following their administration and subsequent relegation earlier this summer, has been appointed first-team physio at nearby Blackburn Rovers.

Procter joined Wigan as Head of Medical in July 2017, having previously worked with manager Paul Cook at Portsmouth.

The former midfielder played more than 500 career games for a career that took in stints at Accrington, Preston and Bury.


Tucker swaps Bristol for Morocco

ADRIAN TUCKER has been appointed Director of Goalkeeping with the Moroccan Football Association.

TGG reported last week that Tucker had left Bristol Rovers after 14 months, with David Coles replacing him as Head of Goalkeeping.

Tucker has worked for Swansea, Sunderland and the Football Association during a 12-year coaching career in the UK.

He said: “During my time in Morocco I will be based at the fabulous FRMF National Mohammed VI, Football Complex in Sale, Rabat.

“I will aim to support the development of a fantastic football nation by directing a goalkeeping department to impact on the goalkeepers and players at all levels and engage with the respective goalkeeper coaches within the federation and associated leagues.”


Coles succeeds Tucker as Bristol Rovers goalkeeper coach

FORMER Bristol City and England Under-18s goalkeeping coach David Coles has joined Bristol Rovers.

He replaces Adrian Tucker, who has left to join an as-yet unnamed overseas clubs.

Rovers manager Ben Garner said: "David has a wealth of experience within the game most recently as a national team goalkeeper coach for the FA.

"He will add to the coaching staff we already have at the football club with his knowledge and enthusiasm for the game.”

Coles did an interview with TGG on his two decades as a goalkeeper coach, which you can read HERE.


Rice appointed U23s assistant at Crystal Palace

STEPHEN RICE has been appointed Under-23s assistant at Crystal Palace.

The Uefa Pro Licence holder had been Under-15s coach for the Football Association of Ireland for the last four years.

At Palace he will work alongside U23s coach Shaun Derry, who was appointed last September.


Nutritionist Allison leaves Arsenal after three years

ARSENAL nutritionist Richard Allison has left after three years as the club continue to restructure their performance department.

Allison, a former Royal Marine Commando, replaced James Collins as the Gunners’ nutritionist in July 2017.

Prior to that he had worked for Aspetar in Qatar for five years. Arsenal’s medical and performance department has undergone significant change in 2020.

Physios Tim Parham, Paulo Barreira and Chris Morgan have all departed, with Ricky O’Donoghue coming in from Crystal Palace to join new senior physio Jordan Reece.

Flo Newton has also come in as a first-team doctor. Allison gave an insight into his methods last April in the piece HERE.


Routledge appointed sports scientist at Fleetwood Town

HARRY ROUTLEDGE has been appointed first-team sports scientist at Fleetwood Town.

Routledge has a varied and international CV, having been Head of Sports Science at Los Angeles FC in the MLS, a sports science and nutrition consultant for the tennis player Simona Halep and performance nutritionist for Port Adelaide in the AFL.

He tweeted: "Really looking forward to being a part of a progressive and ambitious football club."


Blackburn's Waite appointed first-team physio at Crystal Palace

BLACKBURN ROVERS’ Ollie Waite has been appointed first-team physio at Crystal Palace.

Waite has been assistant first-team physio at Rovers since October 2017, having previously been with Rugby League Ireland and the Huddersfield Giants.

He tweeted: "Thank you Rovers. It’s been an incredible three years. Some amazing staff and players at the club. Wishing everyone the very best for the future."

READ MORE: Crystal Palace staff profiles


Short leaves Derby U23s to join Oxford United

CRAIG SHORT has left his role as Under-23s assistant at Derby County to become first-team coach at Oxford United.

The 52-year-old, who joined the Rams in 2016, replaces Derek Fazackerley, who stepped down from first-team duties earlier this week to take on an advisory role at Oxford.

Short’s brother Chris has been on the club's staff since November 2018 as Head of Performance.

Short said: "It was a difficult call to make to my old boss Darren Wassall, because we have a good relationship and it's a secure job. But then you look at this club and it's a young squad and Karl (Robinson) is developing them.”


Derby's Head of Academy Coaching joins Aston Villa

MIKE SCOTT, Derby County’s Head of Academy Coaching, has joined Aston Villa as Lead Youth Development Phase Coach.

That means the 41-year-old will once again link up with Villa Academy Manager Mark Harrison, with whom he worked at West Brom.

Scott was with the Baggies’ Academy from 2008 to 2019, during which time he was Head of Sports Science, Head of Education and Welfare and led both the Youth Development and Professional Development Phases.

Harrison left the Baggies last summer after 13 years with the club to head up Villa’s Academy. He has already brought in a trio of his former staff from West Brom: Professional Development Phase goalkeeping coach Mark Naylor, Head of Academy Coaching Ryan Maye and Head of Academy Recruitment Steve Hopcroft.


Head of Academy Coaching Miller departs Barnsley

GREG MILLER has left his role as Head of Academy Coaching at Barnsley to “seek a new challenge”.

The Scot, who holds the Uefa Pro Licence, Advanced Youth Award and a Masters in Sport Directorship, joined Barnsley in December 2017.

He had previously been an Elite Performance Youth Coach with the Scottish Football Association for six years.

“After fulfilling my personal aims and supporting the delivery of some fantastic results in player and staff development in my role as Head of Coaching at Barnsley FC, I feel now is the right time to seek a new challenge in my career,” Miller said on LinkedIn.


Keeper coach Quy leaves Brentford

GOALKEEPING COACH Andy Quy has left Brentford after joining the club on a short-term contract at the end of last year.

The coach, who worked for Stoke City for 12 years before joining the Bees, stepped in when Iñaki Caña Pavón departed for Arsenal.

Co-Director of Football Rasmus Ankersen said: “I would like to thank Andy for his hard work this season. It is always difficult to lose a staff member in the middle of the season, but Andy stepped in with short notice.

“With his big experience and his calm personality, he led our goalkeepers through the remaining part of the season. I wish him all the best in the future."

Brentford are set to announce a permanent replacement.


Lee appointed Sheffield United Academy goalkeeping coach

TOMMY LEE has moved across the Steel City from Sheffield Wednesday to Sheffield United to become their new Academy Goalkeeping Coach.

The 34-year-old had held the same position with the Owls for the last two seasons, following a playing career in which he made more than 300 league appearances for Chesterfield.

Darren Ward, who heads up Sheffield United's goalkeeping department, said: "Tommy's personality and coaching qualities will be a great fit for us.

"The addition of another experienced coach allows us all to assist with recruitment and scouting, as well as coaching."


Bramley leaves Newcastle to take Villa U18s job

LIAM BRAMLEY has left Newcastle United after 11 years to become Under-18s coach at Aston Villa.

He joined Newcastle in 2009 as U16s coach and had been U23s assistant for the last 17 months.

George Boateng was Villa's lead U18s coach last season.


Pollitt appointed goalkeeper coach by Preston

MIKE POLLITT has been appointed goalkeeper coach of Preston North End.

He replaces Jonathan Gould, who came into the club last season, but has decided to move back to New Zealand with his family.

Pollitt, who made more than 500 senior appearances as a player, left Bolton at the start of this month after only six months.

Preston boss Alex Neil said: "I think it was important that we got somebody in a similar vein to Jonathan, who has been about and worked with top goalkeepers.

“He (Pollitt) has got that element of experience and hopefully he can be a steady influence on the 'keepers. I think he will be a great addition to us and hopefully going forward he can show what he's capable of."


Donnelly leaves Fleetwood to make Blackpool return

FLEETWOOD Academy Manager Ciaran Donnelly is leaving the club to return to Blackpool.

Donnelly was a player, coach and then Academy Manager at Blackpool during a 13-year career with the club.

He left in May 2017 under the Oyston regime to make the short journey to near neighbours Fleetwood.

However, with the League club now under new owner Simon Sadler and with Neil Critchley in the manager's seat, Donnelly is making a return.

Fleetwood have started the recruitment process for a replacement and say they aim to move from Cat 3 to 2 in the 2021/22 season.


Lattimore leaves Reading for Cercle Brugge

READING Head of Performance Eddie Lattimore has left the club to join Paul Clement at Belgian side Cercle Brugge.

Lattimore was taken to the Royals by Clement in June 18, having worked with the manager previously at Swansea City.

However, when Jose Gomes came in as boss at the end of 2018, he brought Rui Santos in as fitness coach and Lattimore was sidelined.

Cercle Brugge finished third from bottom in the Belgian top flight during the curtailed 2019/20 season.


Manning appointed manager of Lommel SK

FORMER West Ham Under-23 boss Liam Manning has been appointed manager of Belgian Second Division side Lommel SK.

Manning, 34, left the Hammers last summer to become Academy Director of New York City FC in the MLS.

The move to Lommel means he stays within the City Football Group for his first senior management job. The Belgian side were bought by CFG in May, becoming the ninth club in their portfolio, while New York City are 80% owned by the Group.


Pollitt and Johnson leave Bolton

GOALKEEPER COACH Mike Pollitt and Lead Performance Analyst Tommy Johnson have both left Bolton.

The duo both joined the club under previous manager Keith Hill - Pollitt in December 2019 from Rotherham and Johnson from Wigan in January 2020.

Ian Evatt, who replaced Hill at the start of this month, has brought Peter Atherton in with him as assistant and Lewis Duckmanton as analyst, both from former club Barrow.


Hale leaves Exeter because of coronavirus cost-cutting

GOALKEEPER COACH Steve Hale has left Exeter City after a year because of cost-cutting due to coronavirus.

The former Oldham, Walsall, Forest Green and Swindon coach joined the Devon club last June.

Manager Matt Taylor said: “As with many other clubs across the leagues, we have had to make some tough decisions due to the effects of the pandemic on football.”

Hale added: “I’m gutted to be leaving Exeter. Although I’ve only been part of the club for a year, it’s been a really enjoyable one.”


Johnson drafted into Northern Ireland coaching set-up

BLACKBURN ROVERS first-team technical coach and head of player development Damien Johnson has joined the Northern Ireland coaching set-up.

The 41-year-old, who won 56 caps for the country, will combine both roles.

He said: "Ultimately, my role at Rovers is my priority and the Northern Ireland role is a real bonus for me, which will hopefully help Rovers too.

"It's an opportunity that I feel will benefit me in my role at Rovers, working with international players with the international team and seeing what I can bring back to Rovers with me.”


Meadows joins Norwich performance analysis team

ADAM MEADOWS has been appointed as an assistant performance analyst at Norwich City.

He joins from Qatar Stars League, where he had worked for the last four years.


Reading stop topping up wages of furloughed staff

READING has now stopped topping up the government's furlough payments to its staff.

In April, the club announced it was using the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, under which furloughed staff are paid 80% of their salaries up to a maximum of £2,500 per month. The club was paying the remaining 20%.

This included the women's squad, men's Under-23s players, all Academy staff and 'non-essential' first-team staff.

The club has stopped topping up the wages, as of July 1st, while all accrued holiday has also been cancelled, TGG understands.

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