Bulletin Board


Ranson appointed Head of Academy Medical by Palace

JOE RANSON has left Charlton Athletic after five years to become Head of Academy Medical at Crystal Palace.

He replaces Andrew Caton, who left the Eagles in December to become Head of Academy Medical at Oxford United.


Court leaves FA to make ECB return

DAVID COURT, the Football Association’s Performance Education Lead, has been named as the new Men's Player Identification Lead for the England and Wales Cricket Board.

The appointment marks a return to the ECB for Court, who was their Performance Manager between 2013 and 2016.

He said: “It’s great to be joining the ECB at an exciting time off the back of an inspiring 2019 summer.

“I’m looking forward to continuing the excellent work done in player identification in recent years and supporting England’s short, medium and long-term selection needs.”

Court, who joined the FA in November 2016, replaces Mo Bobat, who was named as the ECB's Performance Director in October 2019.


Schofield appointed Huddersfield U19 coach

FORMER Huddersfield forward Danny Schofield has returned to the club as Under-19 coach.

The 39-year-old takes over from Dean Whitehead, who moved to Shrewsbury Town late last year. Schofield joins from Middlesbrough, where he was part of the U23 set-up.

Academy Manager Leigh Bromby said: "It’s absolutely a big plus that Danny knows the club so well, and that we know him. Everyone who worked with him during his playing days here spoke very highly of him as a person, and equally he clearly has a deep understanding and affinity with Huddersfield Town.

“It’s also clear that he has a real passion to develop young footballers, and his developmental mindset is exactly what we were looking for in this role.

“The fundamental purpose of this coaching role is to develop individual players to progress to our first team; not to take shortcuts to win games. Danny shares that ethos entirely, and we’re excited to see him get started.”


Manning promoted to Academy Director at New York City

LIAM MANNING, West Ham's former Under-23 coach, has been promoted to Academy Director at New York City FC.

Manning was U23 coach and Assistant Academy Manager at West Ham from July 2015 to June 2019.

He left to become Director of Coaching at the MLS side, which is part of the City Football Group, and has now been promoted to Academy boss.


Tosti leaves Burnley for New York City FC

BURNLEY'S first team technical recruitment analyst Kevin Tosti has joined New York City FC.

Tosti, who has been with Burnley since October 2016, will be an Academy analyst with the MLS side.


Carter promoted to lead sports scientist by Millwall

JOEL CARTER has been promoted to lead sports scientist at Millwall following a reshuffle in their performance department.

He replaces Chris McConnell, who has left after three-and-a-half years to join AFC Wimbledon. Australian Carter joined the Lions last August from the India national team as assistant sports scientist.

Meanwhile, Dave Carolan has joined the club on a consultancy basis after working with manager Gary Rowett at Birmingham, Derby and Stoke City.

“Dave has been my head of sports science at previous clubs and is a very, very experienced operator," Rowett said.


Dunn joins Blackpool coaching staff

FORMER Blackburn and England midfielder David Dunn has joined the first-team coaching staff at Blackpool.

Dunn worked with the Under-23s at Blackburn from February 2016 to June 2018, alongside Damien Johnson, and the team won Premier League 2 Division 2 in 2017/18.

He played alongside Blackpool boss Simon Grayson at Blackburn and said: "I'm really looking forward to being back in a day-to-day role at a football club.

"I played with the manager at Blackburn - we live quite close to each other - and he's somebody that I respect a lot. I also know a couple of the players, I've coached a couple and I've played with Jay Spearing as well."


Kerr appointed Academy Performance Support Manager at Leeds

ADAM KERR, the former Head of Fitness at Middlesbrough, has been appointed to the new position of Academy Performance Support Manager at Leeds United.

The new role will be responsible for “defining and overseeing the delivery of the performance support strategy” and will manage “physical development, medicine, nutrition, psychology and performance analysis provision across the Academy pathway”.

Kerr was Head of Fitness at Middlesbrough for four years before leaving when Garry Monk became manager in July 2017. He then became Head of Physical Performance at Scunthorpe United.

At Leeds, he will be part of the Academy Management Team and report into Academy Manager Adam Underwood.


Halsall joins Stevens at West Brom

MICK HALSALL has been appointed Head of Academy Coaching at West Brom.

The move sees him reunited with Richard Stevens, his old boss at Coventry City, who is now Academy Manager for the Baggies. Halsall joined Coventry's Category 2 Academy as Head of Coaching in November 2017.

Meanwhile, Daniel Bolas has succeeded Stevens as Academy Manager at Coventry. He was previously Early Development and Retention Co-ordinator at Aston Villa.


Jenkinson & Warner promoted to first team by Derby

LUKE JENKINSON and Ben Warner have been promoted to first-team duties by Derby County.

Jenkinson, who has been with the club since August 2016, takes on the role of Head of Sports Science and Academy Medicine.

Warner, who joined from Nottingham Forest in October 2015, becomes Head of Analysis.


Inman and Wood appointed sports scientists at Macclesfield Town

MATT WOOD and Jack Inman, who lost their jobs when Bury were thrown out of the Football League at the end of August, have been appointed as first team sports scientists at Macclesfield Town.

Wood was at Bury for almost three years, latterly as Head of Academy Sports Science, while Inman was with the club for more than two years - for most of the time as an intern and then as Academy sports scientist from July 2019.

TGG spoke to Wood shortly after he lost his job at Bury. You can read the interview HERE.


Henderson promoted to Assistant Director of Football by Forest

ED HENDERSON has been promoted from Football Operations Manager to Assistant Director of Football by Nottingham Forest.

The trained lawyer, who joined the club as Academy Secretary in September 2018, will report into Director of Football Kiriakos Dourekas.


Analyst Hill leaves Tottenham to rejoin Parker at Fulham

JONATHAN HILL, Tottenham's lead post match and data analyst, has left the club to join Scott Parker at Fulham.

He worked with Cottagers boss Parker at Spurs Academy - as well as with Fulham first team coach Matt Wells and goalkeeping coach Rob Burch.

Hill joined Spurs' Academy in February 2017 before being promoted to first team duties in February 2019.

Read more: Tottenham staff profiles


Heppinstall leaves Forest for Blackburn

STEWART HEPPINSTALL has left Nottingham Forest to become lead performance analyst at Blackburn Rovers.

Heppinstall held the same role at Forest, where he worked for one year. Prior to this, he worked in Academy football for Sheffield Wednesday and Derby and also had a two-year stint at the ASPIRE Academy in Qatar.


Cook returns to AFC Wimbledon as Academy Operations Manager

MICHAEL COOK has returned to AFC Wimbledon to become the club’s first Academy Operations Manager.

From 2012 to 2014, Cook was community football scheme administrator and coach at the club. After that, he worked on special projects and operations for Tottenham for 18 months and as a Performance Academy Manager for Coerver Coaching.

New Academy Manager Michael Hamilton will work “day-to-day with the players and staff on the grass, whilst overseeing the business side of the Academy”, while Cook will “take responsibility for all senior administrative and operational tasks, including project managing the annual audit process”.

He said: “It’s an honour and a privilege to accept such an exciting role back at this fantastic club. The Academy has seen many years of success as of late, largely down to a team of innovative staff who have created such a unique identity and culture.”


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

Read more on:


More stories

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