Manchester City staff profiles
Written by Simon Austin — March 31, 2018
DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL
DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL
A fine player, who was capped 22 times by Spain. Worked as technical director at Barcelona from 2008 to 2010. Brought to City by his old boss Ferran Soriano, who is now CEO at the club.
A disciple of Johan Cruyff and a linchpin of the Barcelona's first European Cup winning side. Graduated from La Masia to manage Barca, leading them to unprecedented levels of success, with three La Ligas, three Copa del Reys and two Champion League titles. Won three league titles with Bayern Munich, though not the Champions League. Arrived at City in the summer of 2016.
Promoted from Academy Technical Director, a role he had held since 2014, by Guardiola last summer. Previously Technical Director and Head of Coaching at Liverpool's Academy.
Joined City in 2017 from Majorcan club CD Llosetense, where he was assistant manager & Academy Director. Initially worked with the U12s & U13s before becoming assistant and then lead with the U18s. Won FA Youth Cup & U18s Premier League in his first season in charge. Promoted to first team when Brian Kidd left in July 2021.
Brought to City by Manuel Pellegrini, with whom he had worked at Malaga. Former Majorca goalkeeper kept on at Etihad by Guardiola.
Analyst worked with Guardiola at Barca B, Barcelona and Bayern Munich. Says Guardiola likes to sit down with him as soon as he can after a match to analyse it on his laptop.
HEAD OF PLAYER SUPPORT & PROTOCOL
An unusual job title but a crucial role: Estiarte is Guardiola's mentor and sounding board. Guardiola once said: "Managers are very, very alone. It is good for me to have him here." The Catalan was once Spain's finest water polo player and won gold at the 1996 Olympics.
Juan Manuel Lillo
Appointed in June 2020, replacing Mikel Arteta, who had left the previous December to manage Arsenal. His long and varied coaching career may not appear that auspicious, but he has been a major influence on Guardiola. Managed him at Dorados de Sinaloa in Mexico in 2005.
Worked with Guardiola at Barcelona and Bayern. Oversees the team and individual fitness programmes. Regarded as crucial to the high-energy, fast-pressing style of the manager.
Appointed in July 2020 and is one of the most respected performance leaders in British sport. Made his name in British Skeleton, helping to turn a little-known sport into a medals factory. Subsequently worked for the ECB, UK Sport and the LTA. Heads up City's performance department, covering S&C, sport science, nutrition and psychology.
HEAD OF HUMAN PERFORMANCE
Joined City in summer of 2011 as Head of Sports Science after seven years in the same role with Spurs. Went on to become Global Lead for Human Performance with City, overseeing their network of clubs. Worked with England at Euro 2016.
A prominent practitioner who has been with City for a decade. Has also worked with world champion boxer Carl Frampton (above, right). His brother Mark is Head of Performance Services at the City's Academy.
SPORTS SCIENTIST/ S&C
Joined in July 2012. Was Head of Sports Science at Charlton before that.
Hails from Blackrock in Dublin, where he played at a semi-pro level. Joined City from STATSports. Worked for Croatia at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Worked with Guardiola at Barcelona, where she spent four seasons. Left in 2012 but continued to work with Lionel Messi afterwards. Personal friend of Chief Executive Ferran Soriano and Director of Football Txiqui Begiristain
Long-standing member of staff who has worked under managers going back to Roberto Mancini.
Has been working with City's first team since July 2019. Also lead performance psychologist with the England and Wales Cricket Board - and worked for Wolves for four years.
HEAD OF SPORTS MEDICINE
City's long-standing team doctor. Despite the recruitment of Eduardo Mauri (below) and regular rumours about his future following Guardiola's arrival, Sala remains. A graduate of the University of Ferrara in Italy.
Joined City last summer. Played for Espanyol before qualifying as a doctor and working for them in that capacity. Went on to Qatar national team and AS Eupen in Belgium. Another Catalan on the staff.
Joined the club from Middlesbrough in March 2009, initially with the reserves. Promoted to first team in November 2010 and then took the top job in February 2019, replacing Lee Nobes.
Joined City in February 2008 from nearby Oldham. Promoted from Academy to first team in February 2019.
Qualified osteopath who previously worked at Lazio and Palermo in Italy.
PHYSIO/ SPORTS THERAPIST
Joined City in October 2016, having previously worked as a sports therapist for Team Sky and British Cycling.
Joined from Southampton, where he had worked for the previous decade, in December 2020.
Was Head Physio at Wigan Warriors rugby league from 2017 to 2020 before joining City.
SOFT TISSUE THERAPIST
Played in the lower leagues as a striker and centre half. Retrained as a sports therapist with the PFA and has previously worked with Bolton and Newcastle.
Joined City in 2007 and also worked for the Wales national team for three years.
Eduardo Alvarez Gil
Spaniard joined the club in July 2016.
Succeeded Stephen Rands (City's former Head of Analysis) as Head of Performance Analysis at Scunthorpe, then joined him at City in September 2014.
Joined in July 2021 from Huddersfield Town, where he was Head of Performance Analysis.
Hired from sister club NAC Breda in January 2018. Worked for Brentford for a year and is an expert in the expected goals model.
SET PIECE ANALYST
Joined in September 2019, having been a performance analyst at Derby for 11 months.
DIRECTOR OF INSIGHTS AND DECISION TECHNOLOGY
Heads up data science across the nine teams in the City Football Group, including Manchester City. Was promoted from Data Scientist in January 2020, replacing Lee Mooney.
LEAD AI SCIENTIST
Has a formidable CV, having worked as a Research Scientist and Lecturer at Harvard University, for a £30bn hedge fund and as a policy advisor to the British government. Joined City in January 2021 as the club looked to bridge the data science gap with market leaders Liverpool.
FOOTBALL INTELLIGENCE OFFICER
Appointed in June 2020 and will be "leading the analytical development of our practitioners and advancing our football intelligence capabilities," in the words of Prestidge.
Previously worked for The Information Lab in London for five years.
Appointed in July 2020. Role is to "accelerate the application of physics-based concepts that have been developed at City Football Group over the last four years in order to solve football-focused performance challenges.”
TALENT ID CO-ORDINATOR
Hired from Huddersfield Town in August 2020.Responsible for co-ordinating scouting operations and integrating data into the process.