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De Souza becomes Colchester's first Director of Performance

COLCHESTER Academy Manager Jon De Souza has been promoted to the new role of Director of Performance.

Chairman Robbie Cowling said: "I felt that the club needed a department that would concentrate solely on improving the performances of our teams, players and staff.

"Sport has moved on so far in recent years and those teams that have invested in modern methods to enhance their performances have been rewarded with amazing returns.

"Jon has a Sports Science degree, a Business Masters degree, has coached at first team level and he has done a great job for Colchester United since he joined as Academy Manager three years ago.”

De Souza joined the League Two side from Brentford as Academy boss in June 2016.

Meanwhile, Head Physio Tony Flynn has retired after 14 years at the club. He was Head Physio at Leyton Orient from 1996 to 2003, before spending three years at MK Dons and then moved to Colchester.


Congerton appointed Head of Recruitment at Leicester

CELTIC Head of Recruitment Lee Congerton has left the Scottish champions to take the same role with Leicester City.

The 45-year-old Welshman is reunited with manager Brendan Rodgers, with whom he worked at Celtic and Chelsea.

Congerton moved to Celtic in March 2017 after three years as Sporting Director at Sunderland.

Prior to that he was a youth coach and chief scout at Chelsea, where Rodgers was reserve coach, and then spent two years as Technical Director at Hamburg.


Jenkinson promoted by Derby

Luke Jenkinson has been promoted to Head of Academy Sports Science and Medicine by Derby County.

Jenkinson has been Head of Strength and Conditioning at the Category 1 Academy since August 2016.

Prior to that he worked at Sheffield United for six years.


Johnson appointed first team analyst at Crystal Palace

Thomas Johnson has been promoted to first team performance analyst at Crystal Palace.

He has been Head of Academy Performance Analysis at the club since March 2017. Prior to that, Johnson worked at Derby County's Academy for two years.

Crystal Palace staff profiles


Analyst Hill promoted by Tottenham

Jonathan Hill has been promoted to Lead Post Match and Data Analyst at Tottenham.

The former Blackburn and Crystal Palace analyst joined Spurs in February 2017 and was formerly Lead Player Development Analyst at the club.

Tottenham staff profiles


Wiseman leaves S&C role at Exeter

Andrew Wiseman has left his role as strength and conditioning coach at Exeter City.

He joined the club last June following almost three years as S&C and sports scientist with Celtic Women.

“I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Exeter City for giving me the honour and privilege of being the club’s first ever full-time S&C coach,” Wiseman tweeted.

“I cannot thank the staff, players & supporters at the club enough for their help and support, both personally and professionally, during my time in Devon.”


Arsenal advertise for first team analyst

Arsenal are advertising for a new first team analyst.

They will be involved in pre-match opposition analysis, post-match analysis, training analysis and research.

The closing date is April 16th.

Arsenal staff profiles


Wolves create new Head of Academy Operations role

Wolves are advertising for the new role of Head of Academy Operations.

The position is becoming more common at top Academies and reflects the fact they are becoming bigger and more complex organisations.

At the end of last year, Wolves Academy Manager Scott Sellars told TGG: "Academies are massive organisations now. We have 100 odd kids and about 70 staff. For one person to be on top of everything - recruitment, coaching, medical, sport science - is probably impossible.”

The new person will offer operational and administrative support, while Sellars will focus on leadership on the football side.


Rotherham appoint new recruitment chiefs

Rob Scott and Chris Trotter have been appointed to head up Rotherham United’s recruitment department.

Scott joins from Watford and Trotter from Middlesbrough, where he was head of technical recruitment and senior scout.

Recruitment was identified as an area that needed addressing for the South Yorkshire club after they landed just one signing in the January window.

Scott is a former Rotherham player and was a team-mate of manager Paul Warne and his assistants Richie Barker and Mike Pollitt.

“It's a great opportunity to come into a club that I know and still have links to,” he said. “I'm really excited to get into the challenge of the job and to see where we can go with it.

“I know what Warney is all about, he was as a player, he is as a person and that doesn't stray too far from the remit of what we need to bring into the football club. I don't think it has changed too much from the days when I was playing here.”


Brighton promote Tribe

Brighton have promoted Jordan Tribe to senior performance analyst.

He joined the club in August 2012 and has worked with the first team since October 2015.

Brighton staff profiles


Rios leaves Wolves

Wolves European scout Miguel Rios has been appointed Football Intelligence Manager at data and tech firm OptaPro.

Rios was at Wolves from September 2017 to February 2019. He was previously senior scout at Fulham for two years and at Brentford for five years.

Rios has also worked as a coach at Arsenal and Barcelona.


Schoenmaker joins Anderlecht

Former Crystal Palace performance coach Alessandro Schoenmaker has joined Belgian side Anderlecht.

The Brazilian worked for Palace from June 2017 to August 2018 and also has a long association with QPR manager Steve McClaren, having worked with him at FC Twente, Nottingham Forest, Wolfsburg, Derby County and Newcastle.

At Anderlecht, he will replace fitness coach. Gino Caen. The club’s Sporting Director, Frank Arnesen, said: "In this phase of the competition we have to do everything we can and we do this with specialists in every domain.

“We are very satisfied with the arrival of Alessandro, who has a lot of experience at top international level.”


Greenhouse promoted to first team by Man City

Physio Anthony Greenhouse has been promoted from Academy to first team by Manchester City.

Greenhouse joined City from nearby Oldham in 2008.

Manchester City staff profiles


Fleming promoted to assistant first team coach by Southampton

Craig Fleming has been promoted to assistant first team coach at Southampton.

The former Norwich City player has been U23 coach since June 2018. He first joined Saints in March 2015 as U18 lead.


Liverpool's Morgan joins Celtic

Oliver Morgan has been appointed Head of Academy Sports Science at Celtic.

Morgan has been a sports scientist as Liverpool's Academy since July 2011.


Goodwin named Head of Academy Sports Science at Fulham

Jon Goodwin has been appointed Head of Academy Sports Science at Fulham, following two years as national S&C manager for the Saudi Arabia Olympic Committee.

Prior to that he worked for St Mary's University in London for 16 years, latterly as programme director for their MSc in S&C.


Ampadu sacked by Monaco

Monaco assistant Kwame Ampadu has been sacked along with manager Thierry Henry after just three months at the club.

Henry was dismissed with the club having won just five games in all competitions since he took over.

Ampadu, who he knew from his time at Arsenal, has also gone, along with fellow assistant Joao Tralhao. Ampadu had spent more than six years with the Gunners, latterly as their Under-18s coach.

Ken Gillard took over Arsenal’s U18s following Ampadu's departure. Sporting Director Michael Emenalo was also sacked by Monaco this weekend.


Williams named U18s boss at Norwich

Former Swansea City assistant manager Paul Williams has been appointed Under-18s boss at Norwich City.

He replaces David Wright, who has stepped up to the U23s following the appointment of Matt Gill as first team coach at Ipswich Town in October.

The hugely-experienced Williams is a Uefa Pro Licence holder who has also been first-team coach at Birmingham City and boss of the England U20s.

He said: “Once I’ve got here I could see that all the work is in place to make this a very successful Academy and the chance to be a part of that wasn’t something I could turn down.”


Norman appointed to US backroom staff

Darcy Norman, the former Director of Performance at AS Roma, has been appointed movement and conditioning coach for the US men's football team.

Norman, who has also worked for Bayern Munich and the German national team, is part of the backroom staff for new Head Coach Gregg Berhalter.

Josh Wolff has joined as assistant coach, B.J. Callaghan as strategy analyst and assistant coach, and Steve Tashjian as Head Performance Expert.


Garner appointed assistant at India's ATK

Former West Brom assistant Ben Garner has been appointed as Steve Coppell's number two at Indian Super League side ATK for the remainder of the season.

Garner was sacked by the Baggies when Tony Pulis got the axe in December 2017.

The Uefa Pro Licence holder had previously worked for Crystal Palace for 10 years, latterly as first team coach.

He said: “Steve called me just after Christmas to ask if I’d be interested and we quickly got everything agreed. As a young player growing up he was manager of Crystal Palace and someone that I looked up to.

"I’ve worked with some very experienced managers and Steve is another highly experienced and clever manager that I can learn from. Working with him will undoubtedly make me a better coach and manager.”


Cole working with West Ham Under-18s

Former West Ham striker Carlton Cole has been coaching and mentoring the club’s Under-18s on a part-time basis.

Jack Collison, the joint U18s boss and a former team-mate of Cole’s, said: “Although Carlton is fairly fresh in terms of his coaching, one thing you cannot teach is the years of experience he has of playing at the top level.

“It’s not just about being out on the training pitch and doing extra finishing and stuff like that, but a holistic approach which will see Coley work with the lads as a mentor, offering advice and sharing his experience.”

Collison’s fellow U18 coach, Mark Phillips, was reinstated by the club before Christmas after being suspended following an investigation into social media posts that revealed he had attended a march organised by the Democratic Football Lads Alliance.

After taking external legal advice from employment specialists, West Ham found there was insufficient grounds for dismissal.


Boorman appointed Head of Academy Analysis at Oxford United

Gavin Boorman, who was Bournemouth's first team training analyst until last summer, has been appointed Head of Academy Performance Analysis at Oxford United.

Boorman worked for West Ham, QPR and Watford before arriving at Bournemouth in October 2017.


Lazenby promoted to first team analyst by Man Utd

Luke Lazenby has been promoted to first team performance analyst by Manchester United.

He had previously worked with the Under-18s. Lazenby arrived at United in March 2016 from Brentford.

He replaces Luke Benstead, who's joined the Belgium national team as Head of Performance Analysis and Innovation.

Manchester United staff profiles


Ramsay promoted to first team coach by Shrewsbury

Eric Ramsay has been promoted from Academy Manager to first team coach at Shrewsbury Town.

The Welshman, who is undertaking his Pro Licence, has been with The Shrews for two years.

He was previously a tutor with the Football Association of Wales and Under-18 lead with Swansea City.


O'Driscoll leaves Wolves

Former Walsall and Nottingham Forest manager Sean O'Driscoll has left Wolves after less than 18 months.

O'Driscoll, who was also assistant manager at Liverpool under Brendan Rodgers, was appointed as a professional phase coach at Wolves last July.

His primary responsibility was assisting Darren Ryan with the Under-18s. However, O'Driscoll has now left by mutual consent.


Regis replaces Goodman as Notts County Academy Manager

Dave Regis has been appointed Academy Manager at Notts County following the departure of Jon Goodman to Tottenham.

Goodman, who had been in post for 16 months, has joined Spurs as Assistant Head of Player Development for the U16s to U23s.

Regis, the brother of former England striker Cyrille Regis and uncle of ex Premier League forward Jason Roberts, previously played for the Magpies and coached in their Academy.

For the last six years the 54-year-old has been the EFL’s Youth Development Midlands Regional Manager.


McElhone named assistant manager of Bradford

Former Tottenham fitness coach Anton McElhone has been appointed assistant manager at Bradford City.

Although McElhone holds the Uefa A Licence, his previous experience has been as a fitness practitioner and the appointment shows the fusing of different disciplines in the modern game.

McElhone worked for Spurs for 10 years before joining New England Revolution - manager by Brad Friedel - as Head of Fitness last December.

He said: “I have been good friends with [manager] David (Hopkin) over the years and we have very similar ideas on how we want to do things.

“My job is to assist the gaffer in the philosophy of how he wants the team to play. We need to get the most out of every department – technically, tactically, physically.

Hopkin added: “I am absolutely delighted to be welcoming Anton to the club. He has worked at a high level for several years and he will bring a great deal to Bradford City.

“I have been looking to bring Anton to the club for a few weeks now and he was keen to come here following a stint in the United States.”

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