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Cosgrave appointed Director of Medicine & Performance at Orlando City

DAVID COSGRAVE, who has worked for clubs including Tottenham, Liverpool and FC Copenhagen during two decades in performance, has joined Orlando City in the MLS as Senior Director of Sports Medicine and High Performance.

For the last seven years, the Irishman has worked for FC Copenhagen - first as their Head of Medical and then Head of Performance.

At Orlando City he will “oversee the strategic and operational leadership of medical, physical performance, nutrition and sports science departments across the entirety of the men’s pyramid.”

In addition, Cosgrave, who holds the Masters in Sporting Directorship from from Manchester Metropolitan University, will “oversee and implement initiatives which support elite levels of physical capability, low levels of injury and support for cultural development as well as high levels of mental resilience.”

This excellent interview with the practitioner from May 2019, which appeared on FC Copenhagen’s official website, outlines his career, including spells working in the Premier League with Liverpool, Tottenham, Bolton and Fulham.

There are a number of brilliant stories (too many to include here), but a couple of notable ones involve Fulham's former German boss Felix Magath.

"Magath loved to create this psychological uncertainty in people,” Cosgrave remembered. “I remember once when he was standing in the jacuzzi and our second goalkeeper, David Stockdale, came by.

“Magath said, ‘David, wait there,’ and he stood up in the tub, naked, like a metre-and-a-half taller than David, who was stood on the floor, eyes to cock.

“And I was standing in the corner thinking ‘Oh, what am I going to do here?’ and tried to make myself wallpaper. You know, trying to be invisible, while David was trying to keep his eyes up, but they kept coming down.”

Magath also believed in applying cheese in rehab.

"Brede (Hangeland) had troubles with his knee, and our doctors wanted to give him an injection, but Magath told them not to," Cosgrave said.

"Instead, he sent the kit man off to get some quark (soft cheese) from Tesco’s, and one of the physios puts the cheese on Brede’s knee and straps it up.

"Brede went home, and his wife, Celin, was like, 'What is that smell?' Brede tried to explain that Magath said the quark would bring out the tension, but she was just like, 'Get that off!'"


Carr joins Bristol Rovers as Professional Development Phase Lead

RHYS CARR, who spent almost six years at Bristol City, has joined local rivals Bristol Rovers as their Lead Professional Development Phase Coach.

The Welshman was Head of Fitness and Conditioning at Ashton Gate before becoming Development Coach under Lee Johnson. He left in the summer of 2019 and was then appointed Individual Development Coach at Sheffield United.

Announcing his new job on Twitter, Carr said: “Very grateful to those at the club for this opportunity and looking forward to giving my all, alongside the other staff, to a talented group of young players.”

Kevin Maher was in charge of Rovers' Development Squad (effectively the Under-23s) before leaving to become manager of Southend in October.

Carr delivered an excellent presentation at TGG’s Individual Development Coaching Webinar in June. You can watch it on-demand HERE.


Hayball promoted to Loans Co-Ordinator by Arsenal

SAM HAYBALL has been promoted to the new role of Loans Co-Ordinator by Arsenal as the club continue to beef up this important part of their operation.

Ben Knapper became the club's first Loans Manager in February 2019 and is a highly-valued member of Edu's Football Intelligence Team.

Now Hayball has been promoted from first-team analyst to assist him. He joined Arsenal straight from University in February 2014 as junior Academy analyst, was promoted to the first-team assistant analyst in June 2016 and then to analyst in March 2019.

The Gunners are advertising for a first-team analyst to replace Hayball.

READ MORE: Arsenal staff profiles


Sinclair confirmed as assistant manager at Doncaster Rovers

FRANK SINCLAIR has been confirmed as permanent assistant manager at League One Doncaster Rovers.

The former Chelsea defender moved up from Youth Development Phase Lead in early December to assist caretaker manager Gary McSheffrey.

Now that McSheffrey has been made permanent manager, on Wednesday, Sinclair has been confirmed in his role too.

Meanwhile, Steve Hernandez has been named as the club's first-team goalkeeper coach, having also assisted McSheffrey during his time as caretaker.

Hernandez was previously Head of Academy Goalkeeping at Rovers.


Kavanagh appointed Head of Academy Performance at Forest

FORMER Burnley sport scientist Ronan Kavanagh has been appointed Head of Academy Performance at Nottingham Forest.

Kavanagh left the Clarets in the summer after almost six years' service.

Meanwhile, Tom Short, who also left Burnley in the summer after almost nine years as Strength and Conditioning Coach, is now working as Head of Sport Science at Bristol Rovers.


Eastoe-Smith promoted to first-team duties by Norwich

JAY EASTOE-SMITH has been promoted from Head of Academy Athletic Performance to First Team Senior Physical Performance Coach by Norwich City.

The practitioner has been with the Canaries for almost a decade, having started off as an intern in June 2012.

His appointment follows that of Glyn Lewis, who was promoted to Head of Physical Performance last week following the exit of Chris Domogalla with Daniel Farke last month.

READ MORE: Norwich City staff profiles


Lewis promoted to Head of Performance by Norwich City

GLYN LEWIS has been promoted to Head of Physical Performance by Norwich City following the exit of Chris Domogalla with Daniel Farke last month.

Lewis joined the Canaries in August 2013 from Birmingham City as first-team sport scientist.

READ MORE: Norwich City staff profiles


Purse returns to Cardiff City as U23s boss

FORMER Cardiff City captain Darren Purse has been appointed as the club’s new Under-23s manager.

He replaces Steve Morison, who was promoted to first-team manager last month. Purse made 123 appearances for the Bluebirds between 2005 and 2009.

In July 2018 he joined Oxford United’s Academy as a coach and since June this year he has been their Lead Professional Development Phase Coach.

Cardiff Executive Director Ken Choo said: “To be able to welcome Darren back to our club in this critical position is something I’m extremely happy to be announcing. Having somebody with that experience and personality working with our young players will be invaluable as we look to bring more exciting talent through in the coming years.”


Head of Sport Science Barnden exits Nottingham Forest

NOTTINGHAM FOREST Head of Sport Science Tom Barnden has left the club after 11 months.

After being appointed manager in September, Steve Cooper brought in his own Head of Sport Science, Dave Tivey, with whom he had worked for England Under-17s and Swansea City. That led to Barden's exit.

The practitioner arrived at the City Ground under previous manager Chris Hughton in January. He was previously U23s fitness coach at Manchester City and Lead Strength and Conditioning Coach at Brighton.


Marsh appointed first-team coach by Preston North End

MIKE MARSH has joined Preston North End as first-team coach following the appointment of Ryan Lowe as manager.

Lowe left Plymouth to replace sacked Frankie McAvoy as manager at North End earlier this week.

He has been joined by Marsh, who was most recently assistant to Steve Cooper with England Under-17s and Swansea City. Lowe said: “First and foremost Mike is a fellow scouser (and) he’s a very, very good coach.

“He finished in the play-off areas with Swansea over the course of his campaign there. He’s worked with another magnificent coach in David Wagner at Huddersfield and ultimately he’s worked at Liverpool Football Club, which is massive for me.

“He’s worked under Brendan Rodgers, he’s worked on the England scene in different age groups.

“He’s a fantastic coach but more importantly he’s a fantastic, hard-working man, and when I gave him the call to say do you want to come and join us, he couldn’t wait to say yes.”


Tinkler appointed Boro U23s boss

MARK TINKLER has taken over from Graeme Lee as Middlesbrough’s Under-23s lead.

Last week Lee, who had worked for Boro for more than a decade and was their U23s boss from 2019, was appointed manager of Hartlepool United.

He succeeded Dave Challinor, who had moved to Stockport last month. Former England U18 international Tinkler joined Boro’s Academy as a coach almost a decade ago and became their U18s lead in 2016.

His final U18s game will be Saturday’s FA Youth Cup third round clash against Manchester City. Paul Crager took temporary charge of the team at West Brom on Monday and will remain as Tinkler’s assistant.

Middlesbrough placed ninth in TGG’s 2020/21 Academy Productivity Rankings - the highest of any club outside the Premier League.


Allen leaves Loughborough to join Yokohama FC

RICHARD ALLEN is leaving his role as Director of Football at Loughborough University to become Senior Football Executive and Technical Adviser at Japanese side Yokohama FC.

Allen was Loughborough’s first ever Director of Football and took up the role at the start of 2018.

Prior to this he was Head of Talent ID at the Football Association for four years, and before that the Academy Manager at QPR for two years.

Yokohama play their last game of the J-League 1 season at home to Consadole Sapporo tomorrow. They have already relegated to the second division.

Allen takes up his new role in February.


Samba returns to Blackburn Rovers as U15s coach

FORMER Blackburn Rovers defender Chris Samba, who made 186 appearances for the club between 2007 and 2012, is returning to coach their Under-15s.

The 37-year-old has been working with the Academy on a voluntary basis since April to gain experience for his coaching badges. He has now landed an official part-time position assisting U15s lead Andy Taylor.

“I had to learn to play football and now I have to learn to coach,” said Samba. “Everything is new for me.

“I have to start right from the start and take it step by step. It’s not something that you just walk in and know what to do straight away. It’s a totally different type of talent.

“On the pitch, it was about Chris Samba the player. Now, it’s about developing my communication skills and giving the best information possible to these young players, so that hopefully they can play at Ewood Park one day, like I did.”

Taylor came through the ranks at Blackburn as a player, although he never made a senior appearance for the club. He has been U15s lead at Rovers since April this year, while also working as a performance analyst and coach at AFC Fylde.


Conte completes Tottenham coaching staff

ANTONIO CONTE has completed his Tottenham backroom staff with the addition of Goalkeeper Coach Marco Savorani.

The Italian left Roma in the summer after seven years' service following the arrival of Jose Mourinho as boss. He has previously worked under Conte at Siena.

Savorani joins Assistant Head Coach Cristian Stellini, First Team Coach Ryan Mason, Technical & Analytics Coach Gianluca Conte, plus Fitness Coaches Costantino Coratti, Gian Piero Ventrone and Stefano Bruno at Spurs.

READ MORE: Tottenham staff profiles


Liverpool welcome new physio Lena Aschenbrenner

LIVERPOOL have added German Lena Aschenbrenner to their backroom staff as a prevention and performance physio.

Aschenbrenner previously spent nine years working for physio and rehab centre EDEN Reha in Donaustauf, Germany. During which time she was a regular physio at tournaments for the German national team.

“I really enjoy working with the whole team at Liverpool and playing my part in helping each player perform to their maximum and minimising the risk of injury," she told the club's official website.

Aschenbrenner joins a medical team that includes Head Physio Lee Nobes, Senior Physio Chris Morgan and physios Joe Lewis and Steve Lilley.

READ MORE: Liverpool staff profiles


Ipswich U23s boss Kieron Dyer to undergo liver transplant

IPSWICH TOWN Under-23s boss Kieron Dyer has revealed he requires a liver transplant after being diagnosed with primary sclerosing cholangitis.

The 42-year-old, who won 33 England caps, was appointed as Ipswich's U23s lead in October last year, having previously worked with the club's U18s.

He said: “Unfortunately, I was diagnosed with a condition of the liver a couple of years ago, that would lead to me one day needing a transplant. Over the next week, test results will confirm when I need to go through this procedure.

“I see myself as a very positive person that will overcome this minor setback. I’m very grateful to the club, the supporters and the general public for their messages of support over the past week. I would like to ask everyone now to respect my privacy, and my family’s privacy.”

Dyer started his professional career with Ipswich, his hometown club, in 1996 before going on to spells with Newcastle and West Ham.


Morison to continue as Cardiff caretaker

STEVE MORISON is to continue in caretaker charge of Cardiff City - and could even be in contention to get the job permanently.

The 38-year-old, who was appointed as the club's Under-23s Lead in February, was put in caretaker charge after Mick McCarthy was sacked on October 23rd.

Morison took charge of his first game on Saturday and led a remarkable comeback from 3-0 down to earn a point against high-flying Stoke City. The result halted a run of eight consecutive defeats for the Bluebirds.

Former Newport County manager Mike Flynn is hot favourite with bookmakers to get the manager's job.


Hamer leaves Oxford United after three years to join Southampton

GARETH HAMER has left Oxford United after three years to become Academy Lead Regional Scout for the South West & Wales at Southampton.

Hamer joined the U's in August 2018 as an Academy scout and was promoted to Academy Head of Recruitment in February 2019.

“I know he agonised about the decision to leave but ultimately working in the Premier League is an amazing opportunity and he leaves with our blessings,” said Oxford United Academy Manager Dan Harris.

“It is typical of the man that he gave us plenty of notice and has been part of the process to find his replacement, which we are close to being able to announce.

"On behalf of all of us, and of all the young players and their families who will be just as sad to see him leave, we thank him for his efforts and wish him well for the future.”

Hamer will focus on the 13 to 19 age group at Southampton.


Simpson exits Bristol City, with Downing set to follow

PAUL SIMPSON has left Bristol City, while the future of his fellow first-team coach Keith Downing is also in doubt.

The duo arrived at Ashton Gate last summer to assist Dean Holden, who had succeeded Lee Johnson as manager. However, Nigel Pearson took over in February this year and has instigated a backroom shake-up.

Speaking after yesterday’s 3-0 defeat by West Brom - their third league loss on the bounce - a tetchy Pearson said: “I’ve already pointed out it was Paul's decision to settle with the club.

“I don't want players at the club if they don't want to be here and likewise the staff. It's very straightforward in my head.”

Downing was not on the bench for the game, but Pearson said: “I don't know on that one, we'll see what happens. As far as I'm concerned it's football. I've got no time to dwell on irrelevant situations if they have negative connotations for the squad. I don't have anything further to add.”

Meanwhile, former Bristol City player Micky Bell has been appointed as a Professional Development Phase coach for the club.


Balsom joins Mexican giants Tigres

PAUL BALSOM, Leicester City’s former Head of Performance Innovation, has been appointed Performance Advisor with Mexican side Club Tigres.

The Englishman, who is also Performance Manager for the Sweden national team, left the Foxes in June after 13 years’ service.

Writing on LinkedIn, Balsom said: “It’s an honour to be joining the best football club in Mexico over the last 10 years and one of Latin America’s most successful clubs, Club Tigres, as a Performance Advisor.

“I’ll be joining a club with ambitious owners, a forward thinking CEO, passionate supporters, a vastly experienced and open-minded manager and successful men’s and women’s teams.

“I’m really looking forward to working with my new colleagues and my trips to Monterrey and to Mexico, a beautiful country with truly authentic people who are so passionate about their football.

“After spending such a long and successful period of time at Leicester City, I feel that Tigres is able to offer me the type of new challenge that I have been looking for, whilst still being able to continue working with the Swedish national men’s team and my fitness advisory role at Uefa.”


Arsenal's former data science chief sets up new tech firm

SARAH RUDD, Arsenal’s former Vice President of Software and Analytics, is one of the people behind a new sports technology company that aims to “help organisations make better decisions and drive on-field performance.”

Blue Crow Analytics is based in Houston, Texas, and was founded “by executives and investors in the technology and sports sector with experience across sports including football, baseball, basketball, motor racing and eSports.”

Rudd left Arsenal in August, having headed up their data science department since 2012 - the year that Arsenal bought StatDNA, for whom Rudd worked.

Writing on Twitter at the time, Rudd said: “After nine seasons with Arsenal/ StatDNA - it's time for a change! I feel incredibly honoured to have worked for the club I love and work side by side with some of the best in the biz.

“Details of my next gig soon, but can't wait to get started with an all-star cast!”


Dundee United enhance focus on individual with new Academy appointments

DUNDEE UNITED have announced a number of appointments at their Academy which will provide “even greater individually-tailored support, service and opportunity” for young players.

TGG has previously reported how the SPL are focusing on the individual as they bid to create Champions League players. The new appointments are:

  • Andy Payne promoted from Head of Technical Performance to Head of Player Development. Will lead on all player development programmes, including Individual Development Plans, coaching methodology & technical curriculum design.
  • Paul Cowie promoted from Under-11s & U16s coach to Head of Academy Coaching. Will lead on education and development of Academy coaching staff.
  • Ryan Moon appointed U18s Head Coach, having previously coached at Swansea City and Bristol Rovers.
  • Dave Bowman appointed Player Transition Coach, supporting Loan and Development Squad player development.
  • Liam Ross and Andrew Steeves have taken on the innovative new roles of Individual Development Coach/ Analyst, leading the delivery & implementation of position-specific programmes throughout age groups.
  • Chris McKean appointed Head of Talent ID & Recruitment and will help to introduce five new Regional Player Development Centres across Scotland.
  • Ewan Anderson will be Lead Physical Performance Coach; Ben Mitchell the Academy Operations Manager; and Dan Hoban the Head of Academy and Regional Goalkeeping.

Academy Director Andy Goldie said: “We pride ourselves on developing the individual and, as such, have created a staffing structure that provides our young players with even greater individually tailored support, service and opportunity.”


Winskill promoted to Head of Coach Development by Newcastle United

NEIL WINSKILL has been promoted to Head of Coach Development by Newcastle United following Ben Dawson’s switch to first-team duties last season.

Dawson was appointed first-team Development Coach in January, leaving his Head of Coaching role vacant.

Winskill, who has been with the Magpies for more than nine years, has officially taken on the job from the start of this season, while continuing as Under-18s Lead.

It is unclear what impact, if any, the recent takeover of the club by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund will have on the club’s Academy.


Goater joins Man City Academy as part of Coach Inclusion and Diversity Scheme

MANCHESTER CITY legend Shaun Goater has joined the club’s Academy coaching set-up as part of the Premier League’s Coach Inclusion and Diversity Scheme.

The 51-year-old, who scored 103 goals in 211 games for City between 1998 and 2003, has started a 23-month placement and will work across all Academy age groups.

The Inclusion and Diversity Scheme aims to increase the number of Black, Asian and mixed heritage coaches working full-time in professional football.

Goater, a Uefa A Licence holder, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for me. To work at one of the best Academies in the world, in top-class facilities and with some of the most talented youngsters in the country is something every coach aspires to.”


Scott leaves Villa to become Head of Coach Development at Wolves

MIKE SCOTT has left Aston Villa to become Head of Coach Development at nearby Wolves.

Scott joined Villa in August 2020 as their Lead Youth Development Phase Coach, having previously been Head of Coaching at Derby County. He had the same role with the Rams (although a slightly different title) that he will have at Wolves.

Writing on LinkedIn, Scott said: “This week another chapter on my journey of developing players, staff and people comes to a close. It’s been a great experience that has enabled me to meet more brilliant people, learn and work with some outstanding coaches and players in the game.

“I’m excited for the new chapter and looking forward to continuing to support, help and work with more great people who are outstanding at what they do in making a difference to young peoples lives.”


Campbell-Ryce appointed Professional Phase Coach at Peterborough

JAMAL CAMPBELL-RYCE has been appointed as Peterborough United’s new Professional Phase Coach.

He replaces Jon Schofield, who left to become Northern Ireland's Under-21 boss in July, and will be supporting Under-23s boss Matthew Etherington and U18s lead Simon Davies at the club.

As a player, Campbell-Ryce made more than 500 professional appearances for clubs including Sheffield United, Barnsley and Bristol City, and won 18 caps for Jamaica.

As a coach, he has most recently worked with Colchester United.

Academy Manager Kieran Scarff said: “Jamal came highly recommended. We undertook due diligence and spoke to a few people and every conversation I had was extremely positive.

“We have seen that already. You can see the impact he is having, the way he is as a person and the manner he has with the players, and they have took to him straight away. He will support the wonderful work that Matthew and Simon are doing, and we are delighted to have him on board.”

Manager Darren Ferguson added: “It is an important role for the club. Kieran and I sat down with Matty and Simon and it had to be someone that we felt could work with them because they are doing a wonderful job for the football club.

“We just felt that Jamal has the personality, in terms of getting across what is required and the players took to him straight away, which is obviously important.

“He has vast experience of the game, good knowledge, a few of the guys know him already and he has fitted in straight away. I have no doubt that he will do a good job for us.”


Hicks leaves US Soccer for Liverpool International Academy

TOM HICKS is leaving US Soccer after three years to become Director of Operations at Liverpool’s International Academy based in San Jose, California.

The Englishman joined US Soccer as Senior Manager of High Performance Operations in July 2018.

He had previously been Youth Projects and Planning Manager at the Premier League. In his roles at both US Soccer and the Premier League he worked under James Bunce, who is now Director of Performance at Monaco.


Reynolds joins Rangnick at Lokomotiv Moscow

TOM REYNOLDS, Stats Perform’s AI Innovation Manager, has been hired by Ralf Rangnick to become Head of Technical Scouting at Lokomotiv Moscow.

Rangnick was appointed as the Russian side’s Head of Sports and Development in July.

Reynolds was a Sport Scientist at Charlton Athletic for a year before joining Opta as a match analyst in July 2014.

He has been AI Innovation Manager (Team Performance) since April 2020, working with data scientists at Stats Perform to build models to help solve football problems.


Davies makes Cambridge return after five years with Swansea

MARTIN DAVIES has left Swansea City after five years to return to Cambridge United as first-team goalkeeper coach.

Davies worked for Cambridge from July 2009 to January 2017, latterly as their Head of Goalkeeping.

After that he joined the Swans and has been their Head of Academy Goalkeeping since July 2018.

Writing on LinkedIn, Davies said: "Just under five years at my hometown club and it’s time to move on. Loved every minute of it working with great people, both players and staff.

"Learnt so much along the way about myself as a coach and a person."

He starts work with the U's today.


Brighton sign goalkeeper analyst from Bournemouth

GOALKEEPER ANALYST Matthew Parker has left Bournemouth after five-and-a-half years to join Premier League Brighton.

He tweeted: “After five and half years, my time at AFCB has come to an end. I’m extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to represent the club and work with the amazing staff.

“I’ve had the best experience working with the goalkeeping department and will cherish the memories.”

Bournemouth were pioneers in creating the role, but it is not clear whether they plan to replace Parker or not.

Brighton staff profiles


Lucas appointed Head of Performance at Salford City

JOHN LUCAS has left Plymouth Argyle after two years to become Head of Performance at Salford City.

Lucas replaces Youl Mawene, who joined Fleetwood Town as Head of Sport Science earlier this month.

Writing on LinkedIn, he said: “Very fortunate to have been apart of such a unique & very special football club with some truly amazing people. Thank you to the staff, players & everyone associated with Plymouth Argyle. I will never forget my time at the club.”

The practitioner joined the League One side in June 2019, having previously been Head of Fitness and Conditioning at Bury.


Jevons leaves Everton to become first-team coach at Sunderland

PHIL JEVONS has left Everton’s Academy after nine years to become first-team coach at Sunderland.

He replaces Andy Taylor, who left the Black Cats at the beginning of August to become Loans Manager at Leeds United.

Sunderland boss Lee Johnson, who played alongside Jevons at Yeovil Town and Bristol City in the mid-2000s, explained that the 42-year-old would have a dual role.

The first will be traditional first-team coach, as part of the staff on matchday as well as focusing on trying to “pick out those scenarios where we can exploit an opponent.”

The second will be as a development coach, working “to make sure that those 16 to 25-year-old players never get left out, and that they continue their development.”

Jevons joined Everton’s Academy coaching set-up in 2012 and had most recently been working with Paul Tait and the U18s.


McElhone replaces Nayler as Head of Sport Science at Celtic

FORMER Tottenham fitness coach Anton McElhone has been appointed Head of Sport Science at Celtic.

He replaces Jack Nayler, who left the Scottish club after almost five years to join RB Leipzig in June.

McElhone worked for Tottenham for almost a decade as Academy and first-team fitness coach before becoming assistant manager at New England Revolution in the MLS in January 2018.

He went on to be assistant at Bradford City and, most recently, Greenock Morton.


Barrow leaves Fleetwood for Wigan/ replaced by Mawene

JAMES BARROW has left Fleetwood Town after four years to become Head of Performance at their League One rivals Wigan.

The move marks a return to Wigan for Barrow, who served as the club's fitness coach from 2013 to 2017.

Fleetwood have replaced him with former player Youl Mawene, who makes a return to the club and takes on the title of Head of Sports Science.

Mawene was a player for Fleetwood in 2012/13, before becoming fitness coach and then Head of Sport Science. He joined Salford City in July 2020.


Former Arsenal physio Haycock returns to Newcastle United

JAMES HAYCOCK has returned to Newcastle United to become their senior first-team physio.

Haycock worked for the North-East club from 2001 to 2005 as Academy physio, before going on to become Head of Medical at Hartlepool and Huddersfield and then first-team physio at Arsenal from 2015 to 2018.

For the last three years he has been working with Tottenham’s Elite Development Squad, as well as with the Wales national team (a role he will continue).

Writing on LinkedIn, Haycock said: “Following the International break with Wales, I am delighted to say I have re-joined the medical department at Newcastle United after 16 years ‘on the road’- learning and trying to keep developing. Excited for Old Trafford today and hopefully getting a result.”

Newcastle United staff profiles


Doyle exits Rangers to become Head of Analysis at Sheffield Wednesday

STEVE DOYLE has left Rangers after two years to become Head of Analysis at Sheffield Wednesday.

Doyle was Technical and Domestic Scout for the Scottish side from June 2019 and also worked for 12 years for Derby County, as Head of Academy Performance Analysis and first-team tactical analyst.

Rangers are currently in the process of recruiting a replacement for Doyle.


Mitchell leaves Leicester to join Malmo

PAUL MITCHELL has left Leicester City after eight years to become first-team performance analyst at Swedish side Malmo.

He said: “I would like to express my thanks for all the support the club, staff and players have given to me.

“During this time I have had the opportunity to see Leicester’s phenomenal rise from a club playing in the Championship to Premier League champions and most recently FA Cup winners, whilst also seeing a number of our academy graduates become established Premier League and international players.”

Mitchell joined the Foxes in 2013 and went on to become Under-23s performance and recruitment analyst.


Sheron named U23s coach of Blackburn

MIKE SHERON has stepped up from Blackburn's Under-18s to become their new U23s coach.

The 49-year-old former Manchester City and Barnsley player replaces Billy Barr, who moved to Salford City to become assistant to manager Gary Bowyer earlier this summer.

"I’m delighted to have been given the chance," said Sheron, who is in his sixth season with Rovers' Academy.

"I'm grateful for the opportunity and it's important for the coaches as well as the players to see there's a pathway through.

"The environment we have at Rovers, it gives you that chance to improve and evolve as a coach. I feel that I’ve been doing that and there's still plenty of room for improvement to come.

"It’s about developing players, but also improving from a tactical point of view as well.

"I’ve always been someone who has found loyalty to be very important and I felt before I came to Rovers, at the start of my coaching career, where I had 18 months here, 18 months there, a year here, six months there, you didn't really see the benefits of your work.

"I've been here a long time now and it's been good to see so many lads come through the system to be in and around the first team environment."


Price appointed goalkeeper coach at MK Dons

LEWIS PRICE has been appointed goalkeeper coach at MK Dons as new boss Liam Manning puts the finishing touches to his backroom staff at the League One club.

Price, who made three appearances as a player for MK Dons during a loan spell in 2008, has been Bournemouth’s Under-21s goalkeeper coach since November 2020 in his first coaching role.

He knows Manning - and assistant Chris Hogg - from their time together as young players at Ipswich Town’s Academy.

Price also played with MK Dons' new first-team coach David Wright - who recently joined from Norwich City, where he was U23s coach - at Ipswich and Crystal Palace.

Sporting Director Liam Sweeting said: “Pricey started his coaching badges when he was playing at Crystal Palace so has been preparing for an opportunity like this for a long time, and he will bring us experience of the level and is exactly the type of personality we believe will fit in well at MK Dons.”


Clapham named first-team coach at Notts County

ALEX CLAPHAM has been appointed first-team coach at Conference Premier side Notts County.

Clapham isn’t your average coach. The Uefa Pro Licence holder has worked in Sweden, as first-team Head Coach for Ytterhogdals IK, and in Spain, as Under-19s coach for Getafe.

He is also the founder of the excellent Cano Football website, which goes behind the scenes at some of Europe’s most innovative and interesting clubs.

At Notts County he will lead on set pieces and opposition analysis and manager Ian Burchnall said: “We were fortunate to interview several strong candidates for this role but Alex really impressed us with the depth of detail he went into and his ideas about how we can get better.”


Knill joins Wales set-up

FORMER Sheffield United assistant Alan Knill has joined the Wales set-up for the rest of their World Cup qualifying campaign.

The 56-year-old fills the vacancy left by assistant Albert Stuivenberg - who left in July after the Euros to focus on his role with Arsenal - as Wales attempt to qualify for Qatar 2022.

Knill, who left the Blades after five years in July, said: "I am very excited to be joining Rob (Page), the staff and the rest of the squad.

"I played for Cymru and I recently lost my Dad who was a passionately proud Welshman, he would have been thrilled.

"My role is to support Rob, to help on the training ground and to analyse the opposition. If I can help continue to build the success of our national team, I will be very happy."


Coles appointed Lead Opposition Analyst at Sunderland

LUKE COLES has been appointed to the role of Lead Opposition Analyst and Technical Recruitment at Sunderland.

Last season he worked for the club on a consultancy basis. The move reunites him with manager Lee Johnson, with whom he worked for four years as Senior Performance Analyst at Bristol City.


Craddock leaves Preston after five years for Bolton

MATT CRADDOCK is leaving Preston North End after five years to become Head of Coaching at Bolton Wanderers.

He joined the club in July 2016 from the Football Association, where he was a County Coach Developer.

Craddock becomes the fourth member of staff to leave the North End Academy in nine months, after:

  • Aaron Dagger (Leeds United - U23s Analyst)
  • Paul Gray (Bodo Glimt - 6 to 12s coach)
  • John Prince (Blackburn Rovers - Senior YDP Coach)


Gray appointed Senior Foundation Phase Coach at Blackburn Rovers

PAUL GRAY has been appointed Senior Foundation Phase Coach at Blackburn Rovers.

As TGG reported in April, Rovers have created two new roles - Senior Foundation Phase Coach and Senior Youth Development Phase Coach - to assist Head of Coaching Tony Carss.

John Prince joined from Preston North End in April to take the YDP role. Gray also has a link with PNE, having been their Foundation Phase Coach from 2015 to 2020.

He is a specialist with the age group, having held the same role at Blackpool and Accrington. For the last eight months he has coached the six to 12 age group at FK BODØ/GLIMT in Norway.

Writing on LinkedIn he said: “My adventure in Norway has come to an end for the moment. With the continuing uncertainty over travel restrictions and quarantine rules, family has to come first.

“I would like to thank Gregg Broughton, Ørjan Berg and all the wonderful people at FK BODØ/GLIMT for making me feel so welcome and giving me the opportunity to work at such a fantastic football club. The future is very bright.

“I am very much looking forward to my next role back in the UK.”

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