Pen pics of Aston Villa's coaching, science, medicine and analytics staff.
Pen pics of Aston Villa's coaching, science, medicine and analytics staff.
BLACKBURN have been one of the surprise packages of the Championship season so far - and 35-year-old Stewart Downing has been their talisman. He tells TGG about the astute management of Tony Mowbray and how it's helped prolong his career.
IN the latest edition of the Training Ground Guru Podcast, Stewart Downing talked about 10 key coaches in his career - from his earliest days at Marton Juniors through to Liverpool, England and now Blackburn Rovers.
FORMER West Ham captain Kevin Nolan and ex-Brighton assistant Paul Nevin have been appointed as first-team coaches by the Hammers.
WAS Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta justified in blaming the length of the Turf Moor grass for his side's 0-0 draw at Burnley?
ARSENE WENGER, Fifa’s new Head of Global Football Development, has launched a Talent Development Programme designed to close the gap between Europe and the rest of the world.
EDDIE NEWTON has left Chelsea after seven years to become assistant manager at Turkish side Trabzonspor.
FORMER Barnsley assistant Dale Tonge reflects on 12 months that encompassed elevation from the U16s to the first team, promotion and the sack.
DAVIDE ANCELOTTI may be the youngest assistant manager in the Premier League, but he already has a CV few others can match.
GOALKEEPING COACH Craig Mawson has left Burnley after almost a decade to join Manchester United.
NEW manager Mikel Arteta has named his coaching staff at Arsenal, with assistants Steve Round and Albert Stuivenberg, and keeper coach Inaki Cana Pavon joining the club.
WE'VE been through our analytics to work out TGG's top 10 best-read stories of 2019.
NIGEL PEARSON has retained Hayden Mullins and Graham Stack on his Watford coaching staff following their two games in caretaker charge of the team.
BELGIUM’S 'golden generation' will take their coaching badges while on international duty under a pioneering scheme introduced by the Red Devils.
The Football Association has decided not to bring charges against former Crystal Palace Head of Coaching David Muir, who resigned in March following allegations he made a racial comment while on a Premier League course last year.
CRAIG SHAKESPEARE is to join new Watford manager Nigel Pearson as his assistant, with the rest of the new coaching staff due to be named within the next 48 hours.
TRAINING GROUND GURU is launching a new jobs section, aimed at showcasing the best opportunities in coaching, performance, medical and analysis available in professional football.
PEPIJN LIJNDERS has revealed how counterpressing - the foundation of Liverpool’s playing philosophy - “comes back in every exercise” at their training ground.
MATT CROCKER, one of the driving forces behind England’s recent successes at age group level, is leaving the Football Association after six years to become Director of Football Operations at Southampton.
STEVE HARPER has returned to Newcastle United as first-team coach to provide a link between the Academy and first team.
JOSE MOURINHO has chosen long-time lieutenants Carlos Lalin, Giovanni Cerra and Ricardo Formoshino to join him at Tottenham, with Joao Sacramento and Nuno Santos coming in from Lille to work with him for the first time.
MANCHESTER CITY had one significant weakness last season - which is why they hired set piece specialist Nicolas Jover from Brentford.
JIMMY SHAN looks back on his 13 years at West Brom, which took him from the Under-7s to first-team manager.
NATASHA PATEL, Southampton’s Head of Performance Analysis, has left the club after eight years to join the New York Red Bulls.
ENGLAND Under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd says it is unfair to pigeon-hole Sean Dyche as a long-ball manager.
BOURNEMOUTH have had revised plans for a new multi-million pound training complex unanimously approved by Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council.
ENGLAND Under-21 boss Aidy Boothroyd has told TGG that new Manchester United assistant Martyn Pert is “a great example for any young aspiring coach”.
VITOR MATOS, 31, takes up the position previously held by Pepijn Lijnders, who left Liverpool for NEC Nijmegen in January 2018 and returned six months later as assistant manager.
NEW Manchester United assistant Martyn Pert went to remarkable lengths to pursue his dream of a career as a coach, including living in a tent as he travelled Europe and visiting Marcelo Bielsa's home in Argentina.
WORLD-CUP WINNING coach Jill Ellis says she refers to players on the bench as “gamechangers” not reserves.
FORMER Wales Head of Performance Ryland Morgans has been appointed as a technical coach by Championship side Luton Town.
BRENTFORD have appointed Swede Andreas Georgson to the new role of Head of Set Pieces and Individual Development.
FORMER Bristol City coach Rhys Carr has been appointed to the new role of Individual Development Coach by Premier League newcomers Sheffield United.
FORMER Charlton and Southend manager Chris Powell has joined Gareth’s Southgate’s coaching staff until Euro 2020 as part of the Football Association’s BAME placement scheme.
IAN FOSTER has been promoted to England Under-18 boss as the Football Association announced its coaching line-up for the coming season.
AUSTRALIAN Andrew Meredith has left German side St Pauli to take up a new position as Analysis Operations Manager at Manchester United.
LA-based Second Spectrum, who describe themselves as the “world leader in building machines that understand sports”, begin their tracking contract with the Premier League tonight.
SOUTHAMPTON manager Ralph Hassenhuttl has lost the only member of staff he brought with him to the club in December 2018.
PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS firm Hudl has bought scouting platform Wyscout, creating “the most comprehensive football video analysis, data and recruitment platform in the industry”.
THE new version of the world’s top performance analysis software has been launched. We got a sneak preview of it from senior analysts with Belgium and the Republic of Ireland.
FRANK LAMPARD has unveiled his Chelsea backroom team, with Chris Jones and Jody Morris joining him from Derby County.
THIS summer, the role of Head of Player Development has been in vogue, with more and more clubs appointing one. Here is why so many are focusing on the individual.
ENGLAND LIONESSES have taken a 15-strong staff to France for the Women's World Cup - their biggest backroom ever for a competition. Here are the pen pics of the coaching and performance personnel who have travelled with Head Coach Phil Neville and his players.
DAMIEN JOHNSON has been promoted from Under-23s boss to the new role of first team Technical Coach and Head of Player Development by Blackburn Rovers.
SOUTHAMPTON have made a number of changes to their coaching and performance teams ahead of Ralph Hasenhüttl’s first full season in charge of the club.
REPUBLIC OF IRELAND Women’s Manager Colin Bell has been appointed assistant at Huddersfield Town.
JIMMY SHAN has ended his 13-year association with West Brom to pursue his managerial ambitions.
RICHARD HARTIS has left the Football Association to become senior goalkeeping coach at Manchester United.
MANCHESTER CITY are advertising for their first dedicated data scientist to work with Pep Guardiola's team.
FREDDIE LJUNGBERG and Steve Bould have swapped jobs at Arsenal, with the Swede becoming assistant manager and the long-serving Englishman taking on the club’s U23s.
LIVERPOOL manager Jurgen Klopp has paid tribute to his new-look backroom team and ‘the details that make it all’ ahead of next Saturday’s Champions League final against Tottenham in Madrid.
WHEN the Under-20 World Cup kicks off tomorrow afternoon in Poland, just one man will be carrying the flag for English coaches: New Zealand boss Des Buckingham.
ASSISTANT MANAGER Christoph Buhler has officially left Huddersfield Town and will now re-join former Terriers manager David Wagner at Bundesliga side Schalke.
OLE GUNNAR SOLSKJAER has confirmed that Michael Carrick, Kieran McKenna and Mark Dempsey will remain on his Manchester United coaching staff next season.
ASSISTANT manager Paul Trollope and first team coach Paul Nevin have been sacked along with Chris Hughton at Brighton.
ALL Belgian Pro League teams are getting free 4k cameras and cutting-edge analysis software as part of a groundbreaking deal that national manager Roberto Martinez believes will give the country “a head start over the competition”.
MANCHESTER UNITED have made Mike Phelan permanent assistant manager on a three-year contract.
GARY NEVILLE says Manchester United's players must dramatically improve their running off the ball if the team is to mount a title challenge next season.
LUKE BENSTEAD, Head of Performance Analysis and Innovation for the Belgian Football Association, tells us what his job entails and how he dovetails with manager Roberto Martinez.
COVENTRY CITY legend Steve Ogrizovic is retiring at the end of the season after 35 years at the club.
WE asked Manchester United first-team coach Rene Meulensteen - who worked with Paul Pogba at Old Trafford - whether criticism of the French midfielder is warranted.
WEST BROM caretaker manager Jimmy Shan has completed his backroom team by bringing in Michael Appleton and Steven Reid as coaches.
ENGLAND Rugby is introducing a mandatory 'Half Game' rule requiring all clubs, schools and colleges to give every player in a matchday squad at least 50% playing time.
MARK CURTIS has been promoted to senior analyst at Arsenal as part of a revamp of the department.
WEST BROM caretaker manager James Shan charts his amazing 13-year journey from Under-7s coach at the club to first-team boss.
WHY more and more clubs are switching onto the idea of cage football as they seek to revive the spirit of street soccer.
THERE'S mounting evidence that the brain doesn't fully develop until the mid-20s. Do coaches need to be aware of this when they work with young players?
STEVE HARPER has succeeded Maik Taylor as Northern Ireland's goalkeeper coach.
ARSENE WENGER says a top player has a “head like a radar” and that more work needs to be done on perception and decision making at young ages.
TOTTENHAM Under-18s coach Matt Wells has left the club to become first-team coach at Fulham.
BIRMINGHAM have enjoyed a dramatic resurgence since Garry Monk arrived at the club - and set pieces have been key. Josh Schneider-Weiler went to meet mastermind Pep Clotet to find out more.
A TACTICAL transformation has underpinned Manchester United's renaissance under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. David Adams explains a 4-4-2 diamond has liberated the club's best players.
BRENDAN RODGERS has taken Glen Driscoll, Chris Davies and Kolo Toure with him from Celtic to form part of the backroom staff at Leicester City.
FORMER Scotland international Lee McCulloch is now strikers coach with Dundee United. He told TGG about about his unusual job, holistic coaching, the psyche of the modern player and his Sporting Director studies.
ADAM SADLER, who was Leicester City’s tactical analyst just eight months ago, has been put in temporary charge of first-team affairs at the club along with goalkeeper coach Mike Stowell.
FORMER Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke says British managers do not get opportunities at the top level because foreign bosses are “put on a massive pedestal”.
BRENTFORD co-Director of Football Rasmus Ankersen says the club invests in specialist coaches to increase the value of their "assets" instead of paying big wages for players.
GERMANY will emphasise small-sided games and the spirit of the streets as they attempt to reverse the recent decline of their national teams.
FORMER Manchester United Under-18 coach Paul McGuinness shares his memories of mentor Eric Harrison, who has died at the age of 81.
ALBERTO MENDEZ-VILLANUEVA, who taught Eddie Jones about Tactical Periodisation, tells TGG about a concept used by many of the world's top coaches.
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN have triggered a buy-out clause in the contract of Barnsley assistant Andreas Winkler to bring him to the club.
LIVERPOOL assistant Zeljko Buvac has now officially left the club - more than eight months after walking out on the eve of their Champions League semi-final against Roma.
FORMER Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper, now a lead Academy coach at the club, tells TGG how life has changed for the men between the posts.
NEW Stoke City manager Nathan Jones has brought Joaquin Gomez and Jared Roberts-Smith with him from Luton to bolster his backroom team at the bet365 Stadium.
FORMER Leeds United manager Paul Heckingbottom says he's been most intrigued by what the team do WITHOUT the ball under his successor Marcelo Bielsa this season.
FROM Bielsa to Belgium: our top 10 best-read stories of 2018.
WE would like to wish everyone a Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year and thank you for your interest and support in 2018.
PREMIER LEAGUE footballers Tom Heaton and Ben Mee were among the attendees at TGG's second Cohesive Coaching event in Manchester.
THE Brazilian duo are the undisputed kings of free kick taking, according to ball-striking expert Bartek Sylwestrzak.
BARTEK SYLWESTRZAK, football's only full-time ball striking coach, explains why we're missing a trick by neglecting this most fundamental skill.
HUGO FARIA has joined Bournemouth as first-team assistant coach, while Carl Fletcher has taken up the new role of loans manager.
FORMER Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer believes Ben Marshall still has a big part to play in Norwich’s promotion push this season.
PAUL LAMBERT has been appointed Ipswich Town manager and taken Stuart Taylor, Jim Henry and Matt Gill with him as assistants.
FRANCE went against footballing fashion to win the 2018 World Cup. Former Middlesbrough first-team coach David Adams looks at some of the tactical take-homes from Russia.
THE arrival of tablets on the bench during matches should revolutionise the way managers and coaches do their jobs. Here's why...
KIERON DYER says he was “blown away” by the quality of England Under-20s’ training after spending a week working with the team.
LEICESTER CITY have secured planning permission for what they hope will become “the best training centre in Europe”.
BOURNEMOUTH have shelved plans to build a new multi-million pound training ground at Canford Magna golf club.
BRIGHTON first-team coach Paul Nevin says he is delighted to be invited into the “inner sanctum” of the England team as part of a BAME placement set up by the Football Association.
ROSS BARKLEY says he had not “been coached much” before working with Maurizio Sarri and that his development stalled once he began playing first-team football.
THERE’S one table in which Manchester United have continually improved and challenged for top spot under Jose Mourinho: that of tallest team.
DAVE REDDINGTON has been promoted to first-team coach as Crystal Palace make a number of changes to their backroom set-up.
FOLLOWING the success of our first Cohesive Coaching event in June, we decided to put on a sequel.
LIVERPOOL have appointed Jack Robinson as their new first-team goalkeeper coach to assist John Achterberg.
COLIN COOPER has been sacked as assistant manager of the England Under-21s after almost two-and-a-half years in the role.
FORMER Exeter City manager Paul Tisdale says England rejected Chelsea star Ethan Ampadu because he “takes too few touches”.
STEVEN REID has stepped down as first-team coach at Crystal Palace after just a year because of “personal reasons”.
THE newest member of Liverpool's coaching staff explains his craft.
THIS season the NFL will share comprehensive player-tracking data with all of its teams, heralding a new era of data analysis.
A PITCH at St George’s Park has been dedicated to Dick Bate in memory of a figure who "helped thousands become better coaches".
MANCHESTER CITY analyst Richard Bredice says he expects the introduction of electronic devices into the technical area to create “huge controversy” this season.
THE trade in backroom staff in the Premier League has almost outpaced the turnover of players this summer.
CHELSEA manager Maurizio Sarri has confirmed his backroom staff following an exodus from the club this summer.
WHY are there just only English managers in the Premier League, when all but one of the bosses in Serie A is Italian?
GRAEME JONES has ended an 11-year spell as Roberto Martinez’s assistant to team up with close friend Darren Moore at West Brom.
MIDDLESBROUGH have settled their High Court claims against both Birmingham City and Garry Monk’s backroom staff.
FORMER England rugby coach Brian Ashton says players are sport's great innovators - if coaches give them the chance.
COACH Pedro Mendonca, who has written a book on Maurizio Sarri, discusses the philosophy and tactics of Chelsea's new manager.
BOURNEMOUTH have released Football Operations Manager John Yems after almost six years at the club.
PETERBOROUGH UNITED chairman Darragh MacAnthony has hit back at Danny Lloyd’s claim he was earning “absolute peanuts” at the club - revealing the midfielder was on more than £80,000 a year in his first season in pro league football.
TGG's first live event, Cohesive Coaching, has been described as “a rare opportunity for world-class practitioners to share ideas”.
FULHAM have appointed former captain Scott Parker as their new first-team coach.
IAN CATHRO has been reunited with mentor Nuno Espirito Santo after being appointed as first-team coach at Wolves.
LEICESTER CITY have promoted tactical analyst Adam Sadler to first-team coach as part of a restructure that has seen assistant Michael Appleton leave the club.
DERBY manager Frank Lampard has appointed Chris Jones, Shay Given and Stephen Rands to his new-look backroom staff.
FORMER England Under-16 coach Dan Micciche explains how the national team changed style and perceptions.
NEW Stoke boss Gary Rowett has taken five of his key Derby County lieutenants with him to the Potteries - and added St Johnstone assistant manager Callum Davidson.
BLACKBURN U23 boss Damien Johnson explains how technology has transformed the way he coaches and empowered his players.
DOZENS of coaches from a variety of sports and organisations - including a number of Premier League clubs - packed into Training Ground Guru’s first live event last week.
HEAD COACH Unai Emery has taken five of his long-time assistants with him to Arsenal - while first-team coach Jens Lehmann has exited the club after less than a year.
JAMES SHAN has been named first-team coach at West Brom - 12 years after joining the club as Under-7s coach.
ANDER HERRERA was a key figure in a remarkable season for Marcelo Bielsa’s Athletic Bilbao in 2011/12. He gave a brilliant insight into the beautiful, brutal world of the new Leeds manager.
JED DAVIES uncovers the coaching secrets of new Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa.
DELE ALLI and his mentor, Dan Micciche, chart his progress from the Heelands Courts in Milton Keynes to becoming a key player for England at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
THERE is just a week to go to Cohesive Coaching - an exclusive half-day event in Manchester featuring Brian Ashton, Dan Micciche, Tony Strudwick and Martin Fairn - and all tickets have now been sold.
PEPIJN LIJNDERS has returned to Liverpool after six months as head coach of NEC Nijmegen in Holland.
COULD England finally win a penalty shoot-out at the World Cup this summer? Noises from the England camp seem positive so far, explains author Ben Lyttleton.
LEEDS UNITED have sacked Head of Sport Science Nathan Winder, first-team coach Jamie Clapham and performance analyst Alex Bailey following the firing of manager Paul Heckingbottom, while set piece specialist Gianni Vio has not had his contract renewed.
NEW Everton manager Marco Silva has brought his familiar quartet of assistants - Goncalo Pedro, João Pedro Sousa, Hugo Oliveira and Antonis Lemonakis - with him to Goodison.
FORMER Olympic sprinter Craig Pickering knows what it's like to make a massive mistake in front of a global audience. He offers Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius some advice about the road to redemption.
NEW Arsenal boss Unai Emery will bring his long-time assistant Juan Carlos Carcedo and goalkeeping coach Javi Garcia with him to the Emirates.
MANCHESTER UNITED Under-18 boss Kieran McKenna has been promoted to become one of Jose Mourinho’s assistants with the first team.
Fifa confirmed the use of electronic devices on the bench at the World Cup, but there is still confusion about exactly what's allowed and who will police it.
LAPTOPS and tablets will appear on the bench for the first time at this summer’s World Cup as tactical analysts comes out into the open.
STEVEN GERRARD is set to be announced as Rangers manager this afternoon - and is expected to take members of his current Liverpool Under-18s backroom staff with him to Ibrox.
LIVERPOOL assistant manager Zeljko Buvac has stepped down from his position and his future at the club is uncertain.
FA Technical Director Dan Ashworth says England has lost its finest coach educator following the death of Dick Bate at the age of 71.
A three-time Serie A defender of the year, a keeper honoured as the world’s best on five occasions and a European Golden Boot winner feature in our team of players who are available for free this summer.
FOR YEARS, the barmaid at The Borough thought the small, grey-haired chap wearing an old England rugby shirt was just another regular. She was right, up to a point.
THERE are five managers in their thirties in the Bundesliga, led by Schalke's Domenico Tedesco. In England, there are none.
JUSTIN COCHRANE thanked Chris Ramsey for inspiring him to become a coach after landing the England Under-15 job.
RENOWNED youth coach Dermot Drummy took his own life six months after losing the manager's job at Crawley Town, an inquest has heard.
THE half spaces have become football's most fertile ground thanks to Pep Guardiola and Manchester City. Here's why.
LIVERPOOL defender Dejan Lovren says manager Jurgen Klopp demands a front-foot style from his defenders that has risks but even more rewards.
ENGLAND Under-17 coach Steve Cooper has revealed the behind-the-scenes work that led to their World Cup win last October.
JESS IBROM'S determination to further his coaching career took him to the Cook Islands, a country of 17,000 people and seven football clubs, where he had a truly unique experience.
AFTER crashing out of Euro 2000 in the first round, Belgium implemented a coaching revolution that took them to the top of the world. Kris Van der Haegen explains how they did it.
SCOTLAND manager Alex McLeish has appointed Peter Grant and James McFadden as his assistants and Stevie Woods as his goalkeeping coach.
ONE-ON-ONE skills sessions with Saul Isaksson-Hurst were key to Marcus McGuane's progress this season.
NEW Birmingham boss Garry Monk has been reunited with assistant Pep Clotet after assembling the same backroom staff he had at Leeds United.
NEWCASTLE UNITED are this season's corner kings in the Premier League, while Brighton and Burnley are yet to score a single goal from this particular set piece.
WE’RE excited to announce the first TGG Live, led by the highly-respected former England rugby head coach Brian Ashton.
LEICESTER CITY have announced plans for a new £80m training centre “to rival the very best in the UK”.
NEW Watford manager Javi Gracia appoints Iñigo Arteaga, Juan Solla, Jesús Casas and Zigor Aranalde as his assistants.
DAN MICCICHE, the former England Under-16 coach, has been appointed manager of MK Dons and vowed to produce an "attacking, creative and expressive" team.
TOO often, fitness staff and coaches are the victims when a manager loses his job. We're also seeing a narrowing of chances for British staff. TGG is calling for a change of approach.
MICHAEL CARRICK will become a first-team coach at Manchester United at the end of the season, according to manager Jose Mourinho.
NEIL CUTLER, 41, joined Walsall in 2013 as goalkeeping coach before becoming one of Jon Whitney's assistants when he took charge in 2016.
SECRETARY OF STATE Sajid Javid chooses not to call in plans for a new £10m training complex at the former Canford Magna Golf Club.
DANNY MURPHY says some England coaches have been appointed because of a “jobs-for-the-boys” culture and that the path into management is too “restrictive” for ex-players.
MANCHESTER CITY have hired video analyst Piet Cremers after he impressed during his 18 month spell with partner club NAC Breda.
NEW Middlesbrough manager Tony Pulis promotes Jonathan Woodgate from U18 to first-team coach to help him fast-track homegrown players at the club.
STEVE BROWN has been appointed as Head of Coaching by MK Dons after being made redundant by the Football Association.
LIVERPOOL Development Coach Pepijn Lijnders - described as ‘unbelievably important’ by manager Jurgen Klopp - is leaving immediately to become head coach of NEC Nijmegen in Holland.
NEWCASTLE UNITED have been the youngest side in the Premier League so far this season, according to analysis by Ben Mayhew of Experimental 3-6-1.
OUR top 10 best-read stories of 2017, ranging from Redfearn to Ranieri.
NICK LEVETT has been appointed Head of Talent and Performance by UK Coaching after being made redundant by the Football Association.
WE would like to wish all our readers and subscribers a Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.
BRISTOL CITY manager Lee Johnson says the use of technology is crucial to getting buy-in from his players.
DARREN MOORE is to to continue as Alan Pardew’s first team coach until the end of the season.
ALEC CHAMBERLAIN is leaving Watford after two decades as player and coach - leading their former Academy boss to say the club 'has finally given up the last piece of its soul'.
BOURNEMOUTH have had plans for a new multi-million pound training complex approved by Poole Council.
BRISTOL CITY have submitted formal planning permission for new training facilities to “enhance the pathway from Academy to first team".
EVERTON legend Joe Royle leaves his role as Professional Development Co-ordinator at the club, while new boss Sam Allardyce is looking to bring in a psychologist.
THE Wales and Everton Head of Performance tells us how and why he uses Tactical Periodisation.
RANGERS caretaker manager Graeme Murty tells us how the club uses Tactical Periodisation.
JURGEN KLOPP has praised Liverpool’s analysts after Philippe Coutinho’s clever free-kick goal against Brighton.
SET PIECES have been key to Chris Wilder's success at Northampton and now Sheffield United. Analyst Oli Walker went into forensic detail to discover why they have been such an effective weapon.
CHRISTIAN ERIKSEN has highlighted the role Dennis Bergkamp played in his development when he was at Ajax.
RANGERS caretaker manager Graeme Murty says the club’s focus on youth is beginning to pay dividends for the first team.
BRUCE SURACI has been promoted to Academy Head of Coaching and Development by Bournemouth.
WALES take on France in the Stade de France tomorrow night. Their Head of Performance, Ryland Morgans, gave TGG an exclusive insight into what goes on in the week prior to a game.
LEEDS UNITED have added Italian set piece coach Gianni Vio to their staff.
WEST BROM are the tallest side in the Premier League this season, with Manchester City the smallest.
FORMER Manchester United Under-18 coach Paul McGuinness has been appointed National Coach Developer by the Football Association.
MANCHESTER UNITED have become the first professional team in the world to incorporate an elite-level virtual reality system into their training.
NORWICH CITY legend Darren Huckerby has been sacked as the club’s Under-23 assistant following a review of staffing and practices in the Academy.
BURNLEY have been awarded Category 2 Academy status, opened a £10.6m training centre and bolstered their scouting network as they try to cement their position as a Premier League outfit.
SIR ALEX FERGUSON says his experience with Paul Scholes proved to him that developing talent was more important than size.
AZ ALKMAAR have built a ‘Performance Playground’ to evoke the spirit of street football at their Academy.
SEOUL E-LAND assistant Dan Harris tells us about the footballing culture in his new homeland - as well as the challenges of working next to one of the most heavily armed borders on the planet.
STEVEN REID says his connection with the players will be crucial as he takes up his new job as first-team coach at Crystal Palace.
MICHAEL BEALE has returned to Liverpool as head of coaching for the foundation phase at the Kirkby Academy.
SAMMY LEE, Ryland Morgans and Orlando Trustfull have left Crystal Palace following the arrival of Roy Hodgson as manager.
STEVE WEAVER has been appointed as the new Head of Academy at Norwich - but his arrival has not been officially announced because of the terms of Stuart Webber’s departure from Huddersfield.
SAM ALLARDYCE says struggling teams like Crystal Palace do not spend enough time practising how to play without the ball.
EDDIE JONES' Q&A at Soccerex was as intense and stimulating as one of the his coaching sessions. Read and listen to it here.
ENGLAND rugby coach Eddie Jones created back-page news with his superb session at the Soccerex conference this week.
JORDI CRUYFF insists Pep Guardiola is still continuing his father’s legacy despite his record with homegrown players at Manchester City.
RENE MEULENSTEEN worked with Manchester United's Academy for six years, helping develop talents including Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingaard. He told us about his methods and philosophy.
ANY goalkeeper in the world would make mistakes for Liverpool because of their attacking style of play, according to Reds coach John Achterberg.
LIVERPOOL legend Steven Gerrard says coaching is completely different to playing and that stars who expect top jobs are “cutting corners”.
RENE MEULENSTEEN was tasked with improving the technical skills of some of the best players in the world at Manchester United - it was a unique job that yielded incredible results.
NORWICH CITY academy manager Richard Money has left the club by mutual consent as the complete overhaul of the football side of the business continues apace under Sporting Director Stuart Webber.
THE PFA is sponsoring the upcoming Futsal Focus Network Business Conference at Tranmere’s Prenton Park.
BLACKBURN ROVERS have appointed former player Tony Carss as their new Head of Academy Coaching.
DONALD PARK is to combine his current role as Head of Coaching at the Scottish Football Association with that of national Under-19 coach.
ANTONIO CONTE now has nine Italians in his backroom staff following a duo of additions last month - making it the first time since Roman Abramovich took over in 2003 that not a single Brit is among the manager's assistants.
ARSENE WENGER says the manager of the future will not even need a football background, because his or her decisions will be based on science and technology.
SEAN LUNDON has been promoted to Head of Academy Coaching at Everton.
NEW Manchester United Under-23 boss Ricky Sbragia says one of his key objectives in the role will be to make sure his players enjoy themselves.
ENGLAND rugby union coach Eddie Jones visited West Brom yesterday and praised Tony Pulis as ‘a coach who coaches’.
LIVERPOOL boss Jurgen Klopp has picked out six key backroom staff without whom he would be ‘nothing’.
ACADEMY MANAGER Steve Weaver has left Huddersfield Town shortly before their first season in the Premier League.
STOKE CITY will train their goalkeepers using Virtual Reality next season after signing a deal with Dutch firm Beyond Sports.
PAUL BUTLER, Leeds United’s new assistant manager, is unusual in being a senior coach with no experience of playing pro football.
JACK COLLISON has returned to West Ham United as an Academy coach - three years after leaving the club as a player.
LUKE THEAKSTON is only 28, but he's already worked in Hungary, Holland and China as he seeks the experience to advance his career. The coach and sports scientist, who is currently in Shanghai, told TGG what he's learned so far.
GOALKEEPING coach Dean Kiely has left Norwich by mutual consent, with Sporting Director Stuart Webber set to bring in another member of the Borussia Dortmund II backroom team.
GERMAN defender Per Mertesacker is to retire as a player at the end of next season and take over as Arsenal’s Academy Manager.
ADAM OWEN has begun work as Director of Performance and Assistant Manager of Polish Premier League side Lechia Gdansk.
EVERY year hundreds of (mainly unpaid) interns are taken on by professional clubs. Kevin Paxton, Head of Academy Sports Science at Leicester City, says it's time to ensure they're given a fair deal.
HOFFENHEIM boss Julian Nagelsmann has given new meaning to the phrase video analysis by erecting a huge screen on the side of the club’s training pitch at Sinsheimer Strasse.
FORMER Arsenal keeper Jens Lehmann has joined the club as first team coach as Arsene Wenger continues the most significant overhaul of his backroom team since the late 90s.
Matt Gill has been confirmed as Norwich City’s Under-23s manager.
DARREN RYAN has been named as the permanent coach of Wolves Under-18s after holding the position for the final few months of last season..
ENGLISHMAN Michael Beale has resigned from his job as assistant manager of São Paulo.
FORMER Indonesia assistant Jason Withe despairs at the lack of English bosses in the Premier League. He believes more would benefit from working abroad, but says attitudes have to change for that to happen.
WEST HAM's Joe Hart has the worst distribution performance of any goalkeeper in the Premier League this season, according to exclusive analysis conducted by the World in Motion agency.
SCOTT PARKER is the latest top player to take an Under-18s coaching job after being named in the role by former club Tottenham.
FORMER England defender Jonathan Woodgate has been appointed as Middlesbrough’s new Under-18s assistant coach.
DAVE ADAMS has been appointed First Team Coach at Middlesbrough by new Manager Garry Monk.
ENGLAND Under-21 head coach Aidy Boothroyd says Subbuteo will play a key part in his half-time team talk against Poland tonight.
BRITISH coaches will get more opportunities and progress further if they are willing to work with a Sporting Director, Norwich’s Stuart Webber believes.
NEIL REDFEARN was sure he was watching a future England captain as 17-year-old Lewis Cook cajoled his weary team-mates during a 4-1 defeat by Ipswich in December 2014.
FORMER Bournemouth co-owner Eddie Mitchell has appealed to the police and military to use his elite skills arena as an anti-terrorism training tool.
FORMER Ireland international Richard Dunne says England resemble a ‘factory-produced’ side because of the country's failing academies.
MARIJN BEUKER, AZ Alkmaar's head of performance, has explained how the club gets young players thinking for themselves on the pitch.
WATFORD haven't just appointed a new manager - they've appointed a new management team.
CLAUDIO RANIERI says he has not been approached by Leeds United about their vacant manager's job.
WATFORD are again looking for an almost an entirely new first-team coaching staff following the sacking of Walter Mazzarri.
WHY aren't English Under-23 coaches getting the same chances as Norwich's new boss Daniel Farke?
THEY say never go back in life, but Norwich Sporting Director Stuart Webber has returned to Borussia Dortmund to make an identical managerial appointment to the one he did at Huddersfield 18 months ago.
THE All Blacks have been getting inspiration from an unusual source as they prepare for their upcoming series against the British and Irish Lions.
FORMER Springboks coach Jake White says too many organisations underestimate the importance of experience in coaching.
DAVE ADAMS is doing consultancy work for the Football Association of Wales following his abrupt departure from Everton.
British and Irish Lions players will set their own guidelines about drinking and social media use during this summer’s tour of New Zealand.
ALAN IRVINE says it is “astonishing” that neither he nor his coaches know whether they will still be at Norwich City next season.
ZIGGY GORDON’S comment that coaching in Poland is ’far superior’ to what he was accustomed to in Scotland has been met with scorn in some quarters.
Joe Roach, Bournemouth’s long-serving Academy manager and head of coaching, is to leave the club at the end of June for personal reasons.
DAVE PARNABY, who is retiring at the end of the season after 20 years as Middlesbrough’s academy director, says youth football has become too ‘formalised’ and lost the art of play.
NEW ZEALAND mental skills coach Gilbert Enoka has given an insight into how to think like an All Black.
STEVEN GERRARD vowed to switch the focus away from “showboating” and “lollipops” as he was unveiled as Liverpool’s new Under-18s manager today.
SAO PAULO assistant Michael Beale says English football has suffered because of a focus on developing teams instead of individuals at youth level.
The collapse of Notts County Ladies, an established FA Women’s Super League club with four current England internationals and an FA Cup final appearance in 2015, has revived the question of whether professional women’s football is viable in the UK.
ENGLAND rugby coach Eddie Jones says he wants to make training "85% unstructured" because his players are not capable of thinking for themselves.
FOOTBALL has lost one its “brightest young coaches” following the sudden death of Ugo Ehiogu - a man who ensured he was as qualified and experienced as possible for a career in management.
JOHN BARNES does not believe Chris Hughton’s success at Brighton will help the plight of black managers, because he will be “elevated out of blackness”.
WADE ELLIOTT has joined Stoke City's Academy as the assistant manager of the under-23s.
EVERTON’S academy is taking stock after a tumultuous few days that saw the unexpected departure of two senior staff.
CORNERS are much-maligned, with only 3.2% leading to goals, according to Opta. But Stoke City's Charlie Adam and former Aberdeen keeper David Preece, now a journalist, insist they're crucial - if practised properly.
DAVE ADAMS has been named Everton’s new Academy Head of Coaching, after leaving the same role at Swansea City.
SAM ALLAYDYCE is sending his Crystal Palace players homework using an app called Pushfor - and it also allows him to track whether they’ve done it or not.
FOOTBALL tech firm Match Analysis says it has further enhanced performance analytics by developing a new panoramic camera system.
MANCHESTER UNITED and Chelsea’s younger age groups have faced each other in an ‘elite playground’ format at St George’s Park.
WE’RE used to hearing that great players have great ‘vision’. So why isn’t vision trained at most football clubs?
ARSENAL say the process of finding a replacement for Andries Jonker as academy manager is ‘ongoing’, with chief executive Ivan Gazidis playing a ‘central role’ in the process.
FORMER England striker Alan Smith says it would be ‘disrespectful’ to expect to be fast-tracked as a manager just because he was a top player.
ONE of the key roles at the Football Association is currently up for grabs - Head of Participation.
BARCELONA are already one of the main clients of Dorset-based Elite Skills Arena - which seems fitting for a company vowing to bring Tiki Taka to any club or country.
RIO FERDINAND says "people aren’t coached to defend as much any more". It's a familiar refrain about the Premier League. But is it true that we're getting it wrong with the coaching of young defenders?
Ex-England striker Alan Smith reveals the truth about his acrimonious exit from Leeds, the injury that almost ended his career and why he is relishing every moment with Notts County.
JOHN TERRY put on a session for a group doing their Uefa B Licence last year. Hannah Burnett-Kirk was one of them - she gave her feedback to TGG.
SWANSEA CITY are looking for a new head of academy coaching following the departure of Dave Adams.
CHANCES are only avid Manchester United fans had heard of Warren Joyce before he left to become Wigan manager last November.
VISUAL awareness coach Sherylle Calder says mobile phones are damaging players’ skill levels.
NEIL REDFEARN achieved a lifelong dream by taking charge of his boyhood club. His season in charge of Leeds was memorable, though often for the wrong reasons.