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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


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.

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