Southampton staff profiles
Pen pics of Southampton's coaching, science, medicine and analytics staff. To see staff profiles for other clubs, click here.
DIRECTOR OF FOOTBALL
A Premier League winner with Blackburn Rovers who is now forging a career in football leadership. Joined Southampton at the end of the 2022/23 season, replacing Matt Crocker. Had worked for Manchester City Academy for the previous decade, latterly as Academy Director.
Played more than 500 senior games and won 29 caps for Scotland. Has since marked himself out as one of the brightest prospects in management following two seasons with MK Dons and two with Swansea City. Outlined his beliefs on and off the pitch on Episode #28 of the TGG Podcast.
Enjoyed a 17-year playing career spanning more than 500 appearances, including at Norwich, where he and Martin were team-mates. Extensive experience in coaching, first at Norwich and Ipswich, then with Martin at MK Dons, Swansea and now Southampton.
Played in the lower leagues before starting his coaching journey at Watford's Academy. Joined Southampton in January 2019 as U18s coach and promoted to first-team duties in summer of 2022. Retained by Martin when he arrived in June 2023.
Joined in October 2023 after two-and-a-half years as Assistant at Northampton Town. Massively experienced, having been Manager at Northampton, Nottingham Forest, Hibernian and Cambridge United, as well as Assistant at clubs including Newcastle United, Norwich City, Brighton and Aston Villa. Knows Martin from their time together at Norwich (when Calderwood was Assistant and Martin was a player).
Has known Martin since they were teenagers at Wycombe Wanderers. Has worked with the manager at both of his previous clubs, MK Dons and Swansea. Spent nine years as Head of Academy Goalkeeping at QPR before that.
SET PIECE COACH
Worked for Malmo for 14 years in a variety of coaching, analysis and scouting roles, at both youth and senior level, before joining Brentford as set piece coach. Performed the same role at Arsenal, before returning to Malmo in September 2021 as Sport Director and then Technical Director. Returned to England - and the set piece specialism - in August 2023.
DIRECTOR OF PERFORMANCE
Joined Saints in June 2023, reuniting him with Wilcox. The duo had previously worked together at Manchester City Academy. Bitcon has also worked for Wigan Warriors and, most recently, England Rugby, as Head of Athletic Performance and Innovation.
HEAD OF SPORT SCIENCE
Appointed in September 2023 and hugely experienced, having worked for Coventry City, Tottenham, Brighton, Manchester City, Nottingham Forest and Swansea City. Longest stint was with Brighton, for seven years, where he became Physical Performance Manager.
Was Head of Rehab under Martin at Swansea City.
STRENGTH & CONDITIONING
Joined the club's Academy in February 2019, having previously worked in rugby union. Promoted to first team in July 2019.
Experienced practitioner. Assistant to Kenny McMillan at Celtic before moving to Southampton.
Has been working as a consultant at the club for two decades. Key in setting up the club's Learning Lab.
Replaced Thamindu Wedatilake as first team doctor in July 2019. Had previously worked with the Academy since 2015 and with Team Sky.
HEAD OF PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL SERVICES
Moved to St Mary's in 2014 from West Brom as Senior Physio. Job title changed to Head of Medical Services for the Professional Phase in 2018.
LEAD PERFORMANCE PHYSIO
Head Physio at Nottingham Forest from 2017 to 2022 before joining Southampton. Has also worked at West Brom and Bristol City.
Joined from Birmingham City in March 2018 and promoted to the first team in October 2021.
SOFT TISSUE THERAPIST
Joined from Huddersfield in 2016. Has extensive experience in rugby league, having worked for Bradford Bull and Leeds Rhinos.
Long-standing member of staff. Explains in this video how the department has changed during his time at the club.
Joined club in 2017 after five years with Reading.
DATA & ANALYSIS
HEAD OF FIRST-TEAM PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS
Joined in August 2011. Responsible for all pre, live and post-match analysis for the first team.
TACTICS & INSIGHTS ANALYST
Started off in a coaching role with MK City Ladies and went on to hold strength and conditioning roles with the Academies at Leicester Tigers and Warwickshire Cricket. Became Academy Performance intern at MK Dons in August of 2017 and promoted to assistant first-team performance analyst in July 2018, before moving to the lead role a year later. Moved with Martin to Swansea and now Southampton.
ANALYSIS OPERATIONS LEAD
Joined in September 2018 from Doncaster, where he had been Head of Performance Analysis for four years. Promoted to current role in July 2021.
Head of Data & Research
Employed by owners Sport Republic, working for both Southampton and Goztepe in Turkey. Focuses on recruitment but also responsible for "building and developing advanced proprietary data models to support decision-making across all departments”, including coaching, player development, sport science and medical. Joined in June 2023 after four years as Data Analyst at Everton.
Player Insights Data Scientist
Physics graduate who joined the club in January 2021.
Player Insights (Recruitment) Analyst
Arrived from Cambridge United, where he was first-team performance analyst, in May 2021.