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Shaw joins Watford as U23s assistant

RICHARD SHAW has been appointed Under-23s assistant by Watford.

The former defender, who made more than 500 senior appearances during his playing career, left Crystal Palace in October 2019.

He had worked for the Eagles for almost six years, first as U16s coach and then with the U23s. With the Hornets he will assist U23s coach Omer Riza.


Bowen appointed Lead Sports Scientist with Southampton Women

LAURA BOWEN has been appointed Lead Sports Scientist with Southampton Women and Girls.

The practitioner has worked with the men’s first team for the last five seasons. She started as a GPS analyst in the Academy in September 2014 before going on to work as a data scientist and sports scientist with the senior men's team.

Marieanne Spacey-Cale, Head of Girls and Women’s Football at Southampton, tweeted: “Super excited that @NotaRealDrLaura is joining us. Her knowledge, experience and passion fits perfectly with our ambition as a squad within @SouthamptonFC.”

Writing on LinkedIn alongside a shirt that had been signed for her by Ralph Hasenhüttl's first-team squad, Bowen said: “Ending on a high!! What an unbelievable five seasons I’ve had with Southampton Football Club first team! I got the career I always wanted, had some incredible experiences and learnt a lot.

“Thanks to everyone who added to my life, knowledge and love of the game! What a way to close a chapter.”


Hughes leaves Southampton for Cardiff

SOUTHAMPTON Head of Player Development David Hughes has left the club after 16 months to become Head of Academy Coaching at Cardiff City.

When Hughes took up his new role in August 2019, Southampton described him as a “significant addition” and he was responsible for helping the transition of players from the Academy to the senior squad.

Previously, Hughes was Under-18s coach at Aston Villa and was with the Midlands club for almost three years. He also made 17 appearances for Cardiff City between 2001 and 2003.

Hughes has now been working for Cardiff for over a month and said: "I'm really excited and pleased to be here. This is a very exciting opportunity because Cardiff City has an important place in my heart."

Southampton set up a B team, managed by David Horseman, in September and there are no immediate plans to fill the Head of Player Development position.


Former Wolves Head of Analysis joins Norway

FORMER Wolves Head of Performance Analysis Andrew Findlay has left FC Copenhagen after four months to join the Norway national team.

Findlay was with the Premier League side for three years before joining the Danish side in August. He has also worked for Manchester United and Manchester City.

Now he has joined Ståle Solbakken - who had taken him to Copenhagen - with the Norway national team.

Solbakken was sacked by Copenhagen after seven years’ service in October and appointed Norway national team manager at the start of December.


Thelwell leaves Wolves after four years to join Villa

ROBBIE THELWELL has left Wolves after four years to become first-team video scout at local rivals Aston Villa.

Thelwell, the son of former Wolves Sporting Director Kevin, joined the club as a part-time technical scout in October 2016 and was made permanent in July of this year.

Kevin Thelwell left Wolves to become Head of Sport at New York Red Bulls in February this year.


Kyle appointed assistant with Canada Women

FORMER England specialist coach Richard Kyle, who left the Football Association after three years in September, has been appointed as Bev Priestman’s assistant with Canada Women.

Priestman left the FA, where she was assistant to Phil Neville with England Women, at the end of October to become Canada's Head Coach.

She has moved quickly to bring in ex-colleague Kyle as her number two. Kyle was an out-of-possession specialist with the FA before they scrapped the specialist coaching system as part of a cost-cutting exercise this summer.


Former Stoke man Roberts-Smith joins Melbourne Victory

FORMER Stoke, Luton and Charlton Head of Sports Science Jared Roberts-Smith has joined Melbourne Victory in Australia’s A-League.

Roberts-Smith worked at Stoke and Luton with manager Nathan Jones, having previously been at Charlton for five years.

Paul Walsh moved from Sunderland to replace Roberts-Smith at Stoke City in July this year.


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.

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