PEN pics of Huddersfield's coaching, science, medicine and analytics staff.
PEN pics of Huddersfield's coaching, science, medicine and analytics staff.
NICK CHADD has left City Football Group and Manchester City after five-and-a-half years to become Head of Sport Science and Strength and Conditioning at Portuguese giants Benfica.
FORMER Ipswich Town manager Paul Cook says he faced “daily challenges” with the performance staff brought in by Chief Executive Mark Ashton.
RUTH TITTERTON has left Sheffield United after four years to join Manchester City Women.
BURNLEY boss Sean Dyche says players need to be careful before complaining about their welfare, because things have never been so good in terms of the support available. Is he right?
NEWCASTLE UNITED Head of Sport Science Callum Walsh has left the club after just five months following the arrival of Eddie Howe as manager.
LEAD Sport Scientist Jack Sharkey has left Aston Villa after four-and-a-half years.
STEVE COOPER has completed his Nottingham Forest backroom staff with the appointment of David Tivey as Head of Sport Science.
EVERTON have parted company with Director of Medical Danny Donachie following a review by manager Rafa Benitez.
WATFORD Head of Performance Jordi Garcia has left the club after less than four months. The Spaniard, who has previously worked for Atletico Madrid, Barcelona and Real Madrid, was appointed in July when his compatriot Xisco Muñoz was Head Coach.
FITNESS COACH Cristian Fernandez has left Newcastle United after five years to join Everton.
BARNSLEY have made six new appointments to their first-team staff, with five being internal promotions.
NORWICH CITY have revealed plans for the next stage of development at their Lotus Training Centre.
SUNDERLAND manager Lee Johnson says snus is a “big big problem in football” and "very detrimental to development and performance.”
ENGLAND Lead Physio Steve Kemp says Gareth Southgate “puts a lot of energy” into making sure that the "team behind the team" feel valued and part of the culture with the Euro 2020 finalists.
WOLVES have announced a big revamp of their medical and performance department, involving the hiring of six new staff and a change of roles and responsibilities for several others.
TOTTENHAM are advertising for their first Mental Health and Emotional Wellbeing Manager to “drive workforce awareness and development about mental health and embed it into all aspects of the business.”
SCOTT GUYETT, one of the longest-serving performance practitioners in the Premier League, has left Crystal Palace after almost 11 years to become assistant manager at Brisbane Roar in Australia’s A-League.
LONG-SERVING performance duo Ronan Kavanagh and Tom Short have left Burnley as the club continue to make changes following the takeover by ALK Capital.
PAUL BOWER has been promoted to Head of Performance and James Beck to Head of Performance and Innovation at Huddersfield Town as part of a revamp of roles at the Championship club.
JAMIE HARLEY has been reunited with manager Rafa Benitez as Head of Sport Science at Everton. The duo worked together at Newcastle United during the Spaniard’s three years in charge of the Magpies.
CALLUM WALSH has left Huddersfield Town to become the new Head of Sport Science at Newcastle United.
CHRIS NEVILLE, one of the most experienced performance practitioners in English football, has returned to the club game as Head of Performance at Oxford United.
FULHAM Head of Performance Alastair Harris has left the club after 11 years along with manager Scott Parker and four other members of his backroom staff.
NICK DAVIES has left West Brom after three years as their Head of Performance. The decision follows the arrival of Valerien Ismail as Head Coach last week.
JORDI GARCIA has been appointed as Head of Performance at newly-promoted Watford. The Spaniard, who has previously worked at Barcelona and Real Madrid, replaces compatriot Moises de Hoyo, who left at the end of last season for family reasons.
PLAY-OFF hero Emiliano Marcondes explains the work he did with sleep scientist Anna West that helped to get his Brentford career back on track.
WATFORD Head of Performance Moises de Hoyo is leaving the club after four months after “one of the most difficult decisions in my life.”
PHYSIO Jonny Picot is leaving Manchester United after 11 years because ”lockdown made me realise how important it is to prioritise family and lifestyle.”
TONY STRUDWICK is leaving Sheffield Wednesday after two years to become Head of Academy Performance at Arsenal.
NEWCASTLE UNITED Head of Sport Science Jamie Harley is leaving the club after 11 years for a “new challenge”.
DAVE RENNIE, who was Leicester City’s Head Physio for more than 20 years, has been appointed Head of Medical Performance at Bristol City.
ASTON VILLA have opened a new £6m High Performance Centre that takes their sports science, strength and conditioning, rehab and sports therapy to “elite 21st-Century standards”.
ANDREW ROLLS, who left Bristol City last week after three years at the club, has been appointed Director of Performance at League One Ipswich Town.
CRYSTAL PALACE Head of Sports Medicine Dr Zaf Iqbal says a landmark mid-game break that allowed two players to break their Ramadan fast showed the 'unity of football.'
BRISTOL CITY Head of Performance Andrew Rolls has left the club with immediate effect after three years.
WHY newly-promoted Watford are the only team in England to use gpexe, an Italian GPS system developed to provide insights into metabolic output.
THE story of Angus MacDonald's recovery from bowel cancer to relaunch his playing career is inspirational & uplifting. However, running in the background was a long and expensive legal battle between two of his former clubs.
FRANCESCO MAURI, Everton’s Head of Conditioning, explains why he focuses on intensity instead of volume and how this approach was influenced by Cristiano Ronaldo.
SUNDERLAND have dropped their £13m legal case against former Head of Medical Services and club doctor Ishtiaq Rehman, thus drawing a line under a costly saga that has gone on for four years.
NORWICH CITY Head of Performance Chris Domogalla says the team will still look to “dominate the ball and the game” if they are promoted to the Premier League.
LUKE JENKINSON has been promoted to Head of Performance at Championship side Derby County. Meanwhile, former Head of Fitness Steve Haines has joined Toronto FC in the MLS.
PREMIER LEAGUE backroom staff have been put on alert over a new Twitter account that monitors their activity in the Fantasy Premier League game.
INTRODUCING an energy gel strategy was a key focus for England's performance team at the 2019 Women's World Cup. As Lead Nutritionist Chris Rosimus explains, it was a creative, collaborative and sometimes controversial process.
LEADING neuropathologist Dr Willie Stewart says football should be “ashamed” of its management of head injuries following the English game’s first concussion substitution on Tuesday.
WOLVES players and staff have commissioned a painting of club doctor Matt Perry to thank him for his work during the coronavirus pandemic.
TOM BARNDEN has been reunited with manager Chris Hughton after being appointed as Head of Sports Science at Nottingham Forest.
JURGEN KLOPP says Liverpool have hired the “number one in Germany” in new Head of Recovery and Performance Andreas Schlumberger.
TWICE-WEEKLY Covid testing for staff and players is to be reintroduced in the Championship, League One and League Two from Monday, the EFL and PFA have announced.
ROBIN SADLER has been appointed Head of Rehabilitation and Physiotherapy by Manchester United.
BLACKBURN’S Head of Athletic Performance, Chris Rush, is leaving full-time work in professional football after 15 years because “the sacrifice of the family is far too great.”
LIVERPOOL have appointed Dr Andreas Schlumberger as their new Head of Recovery and Performance.
JOHN HARTLEY has left Aston Villa after almost nine years to become Head Physio at Derby County.
THE list of backroom staff who worked under Sam Allardyce at Bolton Wanderers reads like a who’s who of football performance.
DERBY COUNTY Head of Fitness Steve Haines has left the club after 13 years as part of a restructure that followed the sacking of Phillip Cocu.
LEEDS UNITED have by far the highest sprint output in Europe this season, according to data from tracking provider SkillCorner.
STEVE SPARKS has left Southampton after a decade to become first-team physio at Manchester City.
IPSWICH TOWN Head of Athletic Performance and Sport Science Jim Henry has moved back to Scotland for personal reasons and will take on a new consultancy role for the club.
SCOTLAND'S Head of High Performance, Graeme Jones, reveals a behind-the-scenes revolution that has taken place with the national team over the last three years.
THE Premier League is rolling out a 90-minute rapid covid test for players returning from international duty in an effort to get them quickly back into training grounds ahead of the weekend’s fixtures.
DR ROBIN THORPE, Manchester United's former Head of Recovery and Regeneration, tells TGG about his work at Old Trafford and how the club reached sports science 'utopia'.
THIRTY backroom staff from 19 clubs have united to run 10km a day in November to raise money for Prostate Cancer UK.
ASTON VILLA Head of Nutrition Dr Marcus Hannon has carried out the first piece of research into the body composition, physical loading patterns and daily energy expenditure of Academy players - and the results show the need for full-time nutrition support for young players.
HEAD PHYSIO Dave Watson and Head of Medicine Dr Andrew Dent are leaving Stoke City after almost 50 years' combined service.
INSTEAD of spending big money on transfer fees and wages (because they can’t), Brentford decided to invest in specialists to maximise player performance. One of them is Danish sleep expert Anna West, who has been working with the Bees since 2016.
PRESTON NORTH END Head of Performance Tom Little explains how a football gym differs from a standard public one.
MATT KONOPINSKI has stepped down as Rangers Head of Medical for family reasons after 10 months at the club.
EDDIE NEWTON has introduced some of Chelsea’s groundbreaking sports science expertise to Trabzonspor by adding Malcolm Harkness to his backroom staff at the club.
PRESTON have this week moved into a new training centre that was once a temple of high performance for Sam Allardyce's Bolton Wanderers.
PHYSIO Michael Harding has joined Robbie Fowler at East Bengal in the Indian Super League after leaving Newcastle United after 14 years.
JOSE LUIS RODRIGUEZ has left Liverpool after two years, making him the third physio to exit the Premier League champions this year.
DAVE CAROLAN has been appointed first-team performance coach at Millwall, meaning he is reunited with manager Gary Rowett and Technical Coach Joe Carnall.
JAMES BUNCE, former Head of Performance for both the Premier League and US Soccer, has been appointed to lead a new unified performance department at Monaco.
BRIGHTON are the first club to make wellbeing an explicit part of their performance department, with staff dedicated to promoting health and happiness. The club's Senior Performance Psychologist, Sarah Murray, explains more.
MO GIMPEL, one of the longest-serving medical practitioners in the Premier League, has left Southampton after 23 years.
LEICESTER CITY manager Brendan Rodgers has spoken for the first time about the sacking of Head Physio Dave Rennie after more than 20 years, which was first revealed by TGG last month.
ARSENAL physio Tim Parham is leaving the club after two years and returning to his native Australia. Means that all three physios brought to the club by Darren Burgess in 2018 have now left.
PHILIPP JACOBSEN, Liverpool’s Medical Rehabilitation and Performance Manager, is leaving the club after little more than two years.
LEICESTER CITY Head Physio Dave Rennie has been sacked by the club after more than 20 years in post.
CAMBRIDGE UNITED Head of Performance Matt Walker describes the challenges - and the joys - of being back in action after an enforced five-month lay-off.
LIVERPOOL, Manchester City and Manchester United are among the elite clubs to have worked closely with STATSports on the latest software upgrade to their market-leading analysis platforms.
SUNDERLAND’S Paul Walsh has replaced Jared Roberts-Smith as Head of Sports Science at Stoke City as manager Michael O’Neill completes his backroom staff at the club.
JAMES BELL, UK Sport’s Head of Culture Development and Mental Health, is to lead a new Performance Psychology and Wellbeing department at Brighton.
DO football clubs need to change their approach to chronic pain? Richmond Stace is a specialist 'pain coach' who has worked with several teams.
QPR Head of Medical Imtiaz Ahmad explains how testing, temperature and questionnaires have helped the club to create a safe environment for players during the Covid-19 pandemic.
WEST BROM Head of Academy Sports Science and Medicine, Nick Irwin, is leaving the club to join the Academy Audit Company.
JAMES BUNCE has stepped down from his role as US Soccer’s first Director of High Performance after three-and-a-half years.
SENIOR PHYSIO Chris Morgan is leaving Arsenal after two years to return to Liverpool.
FORMER England doctor Robin Chakraverty has been appointed to a full-time position by Wolves.
ONLY six Premier League clubs have a Director of High Performance, or equivalent. David Slemen, founder of Elite Performance Partners, explains why more should.
THE third and final stage of Project Restart gets underway tomorrow, with Aston Villa taking on Sheffield United to mark the return of Premier League action after the coronavirus pandemic.
DAMIAN RODEN has been appointed Director of Performance at Anderlecht, where he will be reunited with manager Vincent Kompany.
PHYSIO Paulo Barreira has left Arsenal at the end of his two-year contract with the club.
FLO NEWTON has been promoted from the Academy to become first-team doctor at Arsenal.
PREMIER LEAGUE shareholders have voted unanimously to return to small-group training from tomorrow afternoon (Tuesday 19th) as the first step towards restarting the Premier League.
FOOTBALL LEAGUE clubs will have to foot the bill for coronavirus testing, despite the EFL stating that it would fund the programme on Wednesday.
A range of new roles and responsibilities will emerge at training grounds in the coming weeks as football resumes in a COVID-19 world.
THE Premier League is asking clubs to share their performance data in order to ensure they do not gain a competitive advantage from new Project Restart protocols.
NICOLÁS MAIDANA has been a fitness coach at Club Nacional, the current Uruguayan champions, since January 2018. He gave TGG the lowdown on Uruguayan football, Club Nacional, his work and coping during coronavirus.
MILLWALL's Head of Performance, Laurence Bloom, explains how the club have managed to train and monitor their players during lockdown.
PREMIER LEAGUE clubs are preparing to ramp up training to include small groups of players within the next fortnight.
ARSENAL and Tottenham have re-opened their training grounds for players to use for individual sessions.
MANCHESTER UNITED have revealed their nutrition regime for players during lockdown, including Instagram cooking lessons, bespoke ready meals and a weekly weigh-in.
THE Premier League has outlined a best-case scenario of players being able to return to their clubs for training on Monday May 18th.
PROFESSIONAL football in Britain has been suspended until at least the start of June as a result of the spread of coronavirus. Here is a guide to what is happening at Premier League and EFL clubs in response to the crisis.
PRESTON Head of Performance Tom Little says his players are focusing on three key elements to maintain ‘football fitness’ during the coronavirus shutdown.
HOW are clubs managing to train and monitor their players during the coronavirus shutdown? George Perry asked Crystal Palace's Scott Guyett, Bristol City's Patrick Orme and Callum Lester of Grimsby Town.
SHEFFIELD UNITED have become the final Premier League club to close their training ground because of the coronavirus pandemic.
ENGLAND team doctor Rob Chakraverty has stepped down from his role after three-and-a-half years in order to “seek new challenges”.
BLOOD flow restriction training was described as “the next big fitness trend” by Forbes last year. Here's what it's all about and how it can be used in football.
ARSENAL Head of Medical Gary O’Driscoll has decided to remain at the club, having initially agreed to join Liverpool at the turn of the year.
SIMON TIMSON, the Performance Director at the Lawn Tennis Association, is joining Manchester City in the summer to head up their performance department.
PREMIER LEAGUE doctors have held a special meeting to discuss their response to the coronavirus pandemic.
EVERTON have confirmed the appointment of five more Italian staff to Carlo Ancelotti’s backroom team.
ED FRANKLIN has left Reading after more than 14 years and is currently working as part of Arsene Wenger’s Talent Development team at Fifa.
MIDFIELDER Andre Gomes has thanked Everton Director of Medical Dr John Hollingsworth for the “massive work” he did in treating his serious ankle injury on the pitch at Goodison Park in November.
LIVERPOOL have hired another physio from rivals Manchester City with Steve Lilley joining the Anfield club next month.
USING social media and video games before matches can impair a player's decision-making ability, a study in Brazil has found.
WOLVES Head of Sports Science and Medical Phil Hayward is leaving the club after 11-and-a-half years to join LA Galaxy.
LIVERPOOL physio Richie Partridge is leaving the club in March to work for the Qatar national team.
FORMER Arsenal Head of Elite Performance Darren Burgess has defended his cull of medical staff at the club in the summer of 2018, saying a “culture change needed to happen” and that “the players often ran the place” when he first arrived.
SPORT SCIENTIST Nathan Beardsley has left Nottingham Forest after seven and a half years to join England Rugby.
HEAD of Sport Science Ian Coll explains why he is enjoying life at upwardly-mobile Bulgarian side Ludogorets and reflects on his time under Brendan Rodgers at Celtic.
GARY O’DRISCOLL is leaving Arsenal after 11 years to become Head of Medical Services at Liverpool.
MATT KONOPINSKI has been appointed Head of Medical by Rangers after 16 months at the Football Association.
BOURNEMOUTH lead strength coach Ben Donachie has been appointed Director of Performance by MLS side Chicago Fire.
SENIOR Sports Scientist Steve Barrett is leaving Hull City after five years to join wearable technology firm Playermaker.
ANDY MASSEY, described by Liverpool as their ‘master of medicine’, is leaving the club after six and a half years to become the new Director of Medical at Fifa.
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.
HEAD OF PERFORMANCE Bruno Mendes is one of five staff to have left Everton along with sacked manager Marco Silva, TGG understands.
AMAN SINGH SHERGILL has left Birmingham City after four and a half years to become Physical Performance Scientist at near rivals Aston Villa.
SPORTS stars such as Chris Froome have turned vegan after watching the Netflix sensation Game Changers. However, Dr Tom Little, the Head of Performance at Preston North End and a nutrition expert, says the science in the film is a mix of the good, the bad and the downright ugly.
DAWN SCOTT, who played a major role in helping the USA win back-to-back Women’s World Cups, has been lured home to work with the England team.
REHAB has been described as a process of 'control to chaos'. The only problem has been the absence of an accurate and objective way to measure that chaos - until now, perhaps.
PAUL BALSOM says Leicester City have a motto of “lift heavy to get strong”, which puts them at odds with a lot of other clubs.
JOSHUA HOOK has been promoted to the new position of Physical Performance Manager by Brighton.
MARTYN PERT has been drafted in to beef up Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s coaching team at Manchester United, while goalkeeper coach Emilio Alvarez has left the club after three years.
MIDDLESBROUGH’S Frankie Hunter has relished her return to first-team football this season - which has made her the only female lead sports scientist in the top two divisions.
FRANK LAMPARD has taken another member of Derby County’s backroom staff with him to Chelsea.
VERN GAMBETTA has been described as "the Sir Alex Ferguson of the athletic performance world" by Tony Strudwick. Here, the American shares some of his lessons from 45 years as a practitioner.
A LEADING podiatrist says clubs need to re-think how close artificial grass is placed next to touchlines in their stadiums following an ankle injury suffered by Liverpool's Divock Origi at the weekend.
BRIGHTON’S lead first team strength and conditioning coach Tom Barnden has left the club after seven years to join Manchester City.
NORWICH Head of Performance Chris Domogalla charts his journey from Dortmund to Carrow Road and explains his performance philosophy.
SUNDERLAND are suing their former Head of Medical Services and club doctor Ishtiaq Rehman for more than £13m for breach of contract and negligence.
CHAMPIONS LEAGUE players performed more than twice as many sprints over 30km/hr in 2018/19 compared to the previous season, Uefa’s Technical Report has shown.
NORWICH Head of Performance Chris Domogalla explains the ways in which the club have had to adapt to the physical demands of the Premier League, with the help of Irish science and analytics firm Kitman Labs.
PHYSIO Matt Konopinski is set to leave the Football Association after a year to be reunited with Steven Gerrard at Rangers.
WHY Arsene Wenger has invested in an innovative Israeli start-up called Playermaker, which was first demo'd in his back garden 18 month ago.
FOOTBALL clubs are being “deficient, neglectful and possibly negligent” in their care of players because of inadequate psychological support for injured players, a study has found.
JAMES WITTS heads to Charlton's Sparrows Lane training ground to discuss the physical challenges of promotion and the importance of pre-season with lead sport scientist Josh Hornby.
DAMIAN RODEN is leaving the Seattle Sounders after 18 months to return to the UK as a Sports Science and Medical Performance Support Auditor.
PROFESSOR BARRY DRUST says clubs and practitioners need to think more carefully about the impact that their numerous sports science interventions are having on players.
DAVE REDDIN, the Football Association’s Head of Team Strategy and Performance, tells the TGG Podcast that sports science is creating a generation of players with “limited physical capabilities”.
HEAD OF REHAB Matt Taberner has been sacked by Everton after six years at the club.
FORMER Manchester United player Michael Clegg has returned to the club as strength and power coach.
CRYSTAL PALACE Head of Sports Science Scott Guyett gives an insight into pre-season, new Manchester United signing Aaron Wan-Bissaka, working with Roy Hodgson and his studies on the Master of Sport Directorship course at Manchester Metropolitan University.
WHEN players report back to their clubs for pre-season, body fat testing will reveal whether they have stuck to their diet and training plans over the summer or not. DEXA is regarded as the 'gold standard' of fat testing.
PATRICK ORME has been promoted from Under-23 Sports Scientist to Head of Fitness and Conditioning by Bristol City.
RESEARCH scientist and podiatrist Athol Thomson says footwear can be a major factor in injury risk - but players are not given all the information they need to make a good choice.
WALES Head of Performance Tony Strudwick will be appointed Head of Sports Science and Medicine at Sheffield Wednesday in the coming days.
EVEN during a playing career at the very top level of rugby league, which ended only five years ago, former St Helens and Great Britain winger Ade Gardner didn’t really experience monitoring. Now, in his role as Head of Performance at Warrington Wolves, it’s a daily ritual.
ARSENAL Head of Elite Performance Darren Burgess is leaving the club just a year after carrying out a radical revamp of his department.
FORMER Barnsley, Leeds and Ipswich Head of Sports Science Nathan Winder has been appointed lead strength and conditioning coach at newly promoted Sheffield United.
DR JOHN HOLLINGSWORTH has been promoted to Director of Medical at Everton following the departure of Dr Aboul Shaheir after four years.
DEVELOPMENT COACH Rhys Carr is leaving Bristol City by mutual consent after almost six years.
QPR Head of Performance John Phillips is leaving full-time club football after 18 consecutive seasons.
INFECTION and illness is often a neglected area in pro football, says Celtic sports scientist Scott Breddy. That's why the club has invested in unique pillows that filter out pathogens.
DAMIAN RODEN tells us about life as the Seattle Sounders Director of High Performance - and lifts the lid on how Stoke City went from boom to bust during his four-and-a-half years there.
WOLVES are on course to match Liverpool’s 23-year-old record for the fewest number of players used in a Premier League season.
ED LENG is set to leave Melbourne City to become Lead Sports Scientist at Manchester United, while fitness coach Charlie Owen has been promoted from Academy to first team.
ARSENAL's Richard Allison lifts the lid on the club's nutrition programme.
ARSENAL Director of Performance Darren Burgess says training has become much more “aggressive” since he arrived at the club at the end of 2017.
PAUL DEVLIN, the Brisbane Broncos Head of Performance, tells us about his personal journey and the development of his performance philosophy.
PAUL DEVLIN, the Lancashire-born Head of Performance at the Brisbane Broncos, explains how their training philosophy is built around the principle of peak demands.
WHO's who of a modern performance team, explained by the practitioners in their own words.
MANCHESTER UNITED Senior Sports Scientist Robin Thorpe is leaving the club after a decade to become Director of Performance and Innovation at Altis in the United States.
FORMER Arsenal physio Ben Ashworth has been appointed as Head of Performance by Sparta Prague, where he will be reunited with Tomáš Rosický.
STATSports have launched their long-awaited new Apex Pro Series software and promised it will mark a “paradigm shift” in the way that clubs monitor their players.
GARY WALKER, Manchester United’s Head of Strength and Conditioning, is leaving the club after 11 years to move to the MLS.
WALES won their third Grand Slam of the Warren Gatland era by thrashing Ireland on Saturday. Nutritionist Jon Williams told us what they ate before, during and after the match.
MANCHESTER UNITED caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted that the club’s recent spate of injuries is linked to the increased intensity they are playing and training at.
A THREE-YEAR Southampton research project has found that sudden spikes in training load dramatically increase injury risk - but that building load over a longer period protects against this.
INJURY specialist John Hartley found an unused Biodex machine in a storage room when he arrived at Aston Villa. Now he uses it every day and says it has "massive value".
DR Jeremy Bettle, Head of Performance for the Toronto Maple Leafs ice hockey team, tells us about his job, the NHL and his views on the industry as a whole.
MANCHESTER CITY have promoted from within to fill the Head Physio position vacated by Lee Nobes last November.
ALBERTO MENDEZ-VILLANUEVA, who taught Eddie Jones about Tactical Periodisation, tells TGG about a concept used by many of the world's top coaches.
FORMER Manchester United Senior Physio Dave Fevre says many “excellent British clinicians” are unable to get work in English football because they are regarded as being “too qualified”.
DAVE FEVRE was Manchester United's Senior Physio when they won the Treble in 1999. He shared memories from three decades of practice with TGG.
GRANT DOWNIE, Manchester City's former Head of Academy Performance, explains how he managed to get 28 full-time staff working together cohesively.
GRANT DOWNIE has worked in the performance industry fo more than 30 years, holding senior roles with Rangers, Middlesbrough and Manchester City. Now he works as a consultant and mentor and shared some of his key principles with TGG.
SIX years ago today, PSG Performance Manager Nick Broad died following a road traffic accident in Paris. He left a lasting impression at former clubs including Blackburn and Chelsea - and in the industry as a whole.
FORMER England and Arsenal Head Physio Gary Lewin has called on the Premier League to carry out a “meaningful injury audit”, arguing that medical teams are being judged on data “they know is not accurate”.
NOTTINGHAM FOREST Head of Medicine Mark Gillett has been appointed as the medical advisor to the Premier League.
IN his first interview since leaving Liverpool in November 2017, former Head Physio Andy Renshaw reflects on his eight years at the club and explains what he's doing now.
BRISBANE-BASED Tim Gabbett is one of the most sought-after sports scientists in the world, working with the likes of FC Barcelona, Manchester City and Chelsea. He talked to TGG about his influential work on acute-chronic training ratios.
MODERN football's focus on GPS has led many clubs to lose sight of another important part of the monitoring picture: heart rate variability.
MANCHESTER UNITED were the only team in the Premier League not to use GPS after Jose Mourinho scrapped use of the technology.
LES REED’S final legacy to Southampton was a complete revamp of their performance department focusing on “innovation and collaboration”.
JAMES McCARRON is leaving the Premier League after a year to become Head of Sports Science and Medicine for Manchester City Ladies.
THE new Nations League has dramatically increased playing time for some players, research has shown.
HEAD PHYSIO Geoff Scott says Tottenham invested in two speciality mattresses for every member of the squad following the intervention of one sleep-savvy player.
TOTTENHAM assistant Jesus Perez has described manager Mauricio Pochettino’s philosophy as “risk with knowledge”.
GPS used to be the preserve of elite teams. Now it's available to anyone, at any time, as Nottingham Forest sport scientist Nathan Beardsley explains.
FIFA is launching a new system it hopes will “change the way we understand monitoring data”.
BELGIUM Head of Fitness Richard Evans says coaches are now using tech on the bench to help them make substitutions.
MANCHESTER CITY Head Physio Lee Nobes is leaving the club after 11 years to join rivals Liverpool.
MAURIZIO SARRI has sparked a huge debate within the football performance industry by revealing his Chelsea players do not do weight training.
WHAT links Arsenal, Red Bull Salzburg, LA Galaxy, FC Koln and the German national team? The answer is the US performance company EXOS.
A GROUP of prominent football medics are urging clubs to provide players with an Exit Health Examination when they retire.
DARCY NORMAN, the former Head of Performance for AS Roma, believes mindset and communication will be the biggest areas of growth for the industry in the coming months and years.
FORMER Manchester United assistant Rui Faria has revealed he urged Cristiano Ronaldo to ease off on his gym work at Real Madrid.
BELGIUM Head of Fitness Richard Evans takes us inside the camp to reveal how sports science is used to help the likes of Eden Hazard and Kevin de Bruyne.
WORLD heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua says he has knocked 5am alarm calls on the head as part of a drive to protect his body.
DARCY NORMAN, the former Director of Performance at AS Roma, says football still has “a long way to go” with strength and conditioning training.
TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR may not have added to their squad this summer, but the completion of their Player Lodge could make a difference on and off the pitch.
TONY STRUDWICK says sport science has “lost its way” because an obsession with injury prevention is “killing” the pursuit of performance.
ZLATAN IBRAHIMOVIC has incorporated taekwondo into his game since he was a teenager - now Man Utd have introduced it into their Academy training too.
MATT KONOPINSKI, who has been acting up as Liverpool’s Head Physio since November 2017, is leaving to take up a new job with the Football Association.
ALASTAIR COOK, who retired from international cricket with his 33rd Test century yesterday, has long been renowned for his powers of concentration and resilience.
NEWCASTLE UNITED Head Physio Derek Wright says the “phenomenal” reduction in injuries at the club is down to the “meticulous planning” of manager Rafa Benitez.
WHY do so many football clubs use platelet rich plasma injections when there's no firm evidence behind the treatment? Interviews have shown that the reasons are varied - and not always medical.
ARSENAL Head of Elite Performance Darren Burgess says ‘forced recovery’ has become crucial because of the pressures placed on modern players by technology and social media.
DESPITE being based in Barcelona, Dr Ramon Cugat has become the key medical figure at Manchester City, following a 20-year association with Pep Guardiola.
BRAZILIAN performance coach Alessandro Schoenmaker has left Crystal Palace following a backroom reshuffle by the south east London club.
ROB PRICE, Leeds United’s new Head of Medicine and Performance, says he will be looking to “push boundaries” this season.
ARSENAL have made the final appointment to their new-look backroom team ahead of the upcoming season - and he could be the most interesting of them all.
THE injury Luke Berry sustained on Good Friday was so bad that the game had to be halted for 12 minutes. Now the midfielder is back six weeks ahead of schedule and says gravity has played a big role in his recovery.
MATT CONNERY has been sacked as Head of Medical Services at Everton after 17 years at the club.
CHRIS MORGAN has been appointed as senior physio at Arsenal - two months after it was announced he was leaving Crystal Palace "to return up North for another challenge".
LIVERPOOL have sacked physio Ruben Pons as they revamp their medical department ahead of the upcoming season.
QPR Head of Medical Services Matthew May has taken over from Paul Godfrey at Cardiff City.
CHELSEA first-team fitness coach Chris Jones is to become Frank Lampard’s Head of Performance at Derby County.
HOW did a 27-year-old Englishman end up working with Denmark at the World Cup - as well as with Malmo in Sweden? Fitness coach Ben Rosen explained all - as well as giving the lowdown on stars including Christian Eriksen.
FIFA has been urged to improve its concussion protocols following the 'negligent' treatment given to Morocco’s Nordin Amrabat during the game against Iran on Friday.
PERFORMANCE DIRECTOR Ryland Morgans has been sacked by Everton - four weeks after being told he would remain at the club despite the dismissal of Sam Allardyce.
FORMER Leeds and Barnsley Head of Sport Science Nathan Winder has joined Ipswich Town as fitness coach.
RICHARD COLLINGE, who is pursuing a discrimination case against Watford, has been appointed Head of Medical by West Ham.
IPSWICH TOWN put Academy Manager Lee O’Neill in charge of a sport science team that they say will be “on a par, in terms of quality man for man" with the best Premier League sides.
EXPERIENCED physios Ben Ashworth and Andrew Rolls have been made redundant by Arsenal as part of the medical department restructure carried out by Head of Elite Performance Darren Burgess.
GERMAN Philipp Jacobsen has been appointed to the new position of medical rehabilitation and performance manager by Liverpool.
WEST BROM Director of Performance Mark Gillett has resigned to take up a new role at Nottingham Forest.
LIVERPOOL’s Jordan Milsom has been appointed Head of Performance by Rangers.
COLIN LEWIN, Arsenal’s Head of Medical Services, has reached a settlement with the club that sees him depart after 23 years. His role has been taken by club doctor Gary O’Driscoll, who will head up a new-look medical department.
PAUL GODFREY has been sacked as Head of Medical Services by newly-promoted Cardiff City.
WEST HAM Head of Medical Gary Lewin has left the club after less than a year in post.
TRACKING data showed LeBron James was the second slowest player in the NBA finals - but further investigation showed this was not all it seemed.
HEAD of Fitness Nick Davies has left West Ham, less than six months after being appointed.
ADAM BEARD became the NFL's first Director of Performance when he joined the Cleveland Browns in 2015. He told TGG all about the role - and why he thinks it will soon catch on in the Premier League.
CRYSTAL PALACE Head Physio Chris Morgan has left the club after 16 months to pursue a “new challenge in the North”.
WHEN Manchester City unveiled their state-of-the-art £200m Etihad training complex in December 2014, it included football’s most advanced altitude chamber.
ROY HODGSON paid tribute to his medical and sport science teams after Crystal Palace secured their Premier League safety.
THE special glasses filter out blue light, aiding good sleep, and are now worn by Bournemouth FC, the Golden Lions rugby team and Northern Ireland's Commonwealth Games athletes.
BEFORE Christmas, Bournemouth gave their players a present - their own sleep pack. There were three items inside: a pair of glasses, an eye mask and a small torch.
ARSENAL's Lead Performance Nutritionist Laura Andrews gives her lowdown on the booming protein bar market.
ENGLAND Under-17 coach Steve Cooper has revealed the behind-the-scenes work that led to their World Cup win last October.
TONY STRUDWICK, Manchester United’s long-standing Head of Performance and one of the leading figures in sport science in this country, has left the club to join the Wales national team.
MK DONS have appointed Leicester’s Matt Willmott as their new Head of Fitness and Conditioning and Crystal Palace’s Liam Sweeting as Head of Recruitment and Performance Analysis.
WALES psychologist Dr Ian Mitchell has left his role to join the Football Association.
NORWICH Head of Sport Science Chris Domogalla says the players are “running faster and longer” following changes in training he has implemented.
CHELSEA striker Alvaro Morata has travelled to Germany for a third time to be treated by a doctor who specialises in "regenerative medicine," according to the Marca newspaper.
RYLAND MORGANS has been released as Wales' Head of Performance as new manager Ryan Giggs attempts to bring in Tony Strudwick from Manchester United.
NATHAN WINDER, the new Leeds United Head of Sport Science, got a team on a small budget to punch well above its weight at Barnsley.
ALMOST 10% of respondents to a survey on pay for sport scientists and S&Cs in football reported earning less than £15,000 a year - with 80% of them having been educated to Masters or postgraduate level.
PRESTON'S Head of Fitness, Dr Tom Little, was frustrated by his players' nutrition choices - so he created a new system for meal choices that proved an instant hit.
JIM HENRY has been appointed Head of Athletic Performance and Sport Science by Stoke City following the appointment of Paul Lambert as manager last week.
RESEARCHERS have investigated the effectiveness of 'phase change materials' as an alternative to cryotherapy chambers and ice baths.
DAMIAN RODEN, who has been Stoke City’s Head of Sport Science since July 2013, has been appointed as Director of High Performance at the Seattle Sounders.
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.
NICK DAVIES has been confirmed as West Ham’s new Head of Fitness, as reported by TGG on December 3rd.
Richard Collinge, Watford’s former Head of Medical, has brought a discrimination case against the club, claiming he lost his job because he was English.
CARLO ANCELOTTI has paid tribute to Nick Broad, his former performance supremo at both Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea, who died five years ago at the age of 38.
THREE members of the performance team at high-flying Derby County have given a superb insight into what a typical working day entails for them.
JONNY NORTHEAST has been appointed as Head of Sports Science at DC United - six months after losing his job at sister club Swansea City.
OUR top 10 best-read stories of 2017, ranging from Redfearn to Ranieri.
ROBIN THORPE, the head of recovery and regeneration at Manchester United, says some teams have been handed a ‘competitive advantage’ because of the festive fixture list.
The UKSCA says it removed a £12,000 Head of Sports Science job advert from its website, but has defended the decision to list it in the first place.
TOTTENHAM fitness and reconditioning coach Anton McElhone has been named Head of Fitness at the New England Revolution.
BLACKPOOL have been heavily criticised after advertising for a Head of Academy Sports Science job with a salary of just £12,000 a year.
MATT KONOPINSKI has been appointed temporary Head Physio at Liverpool following the departure of Andy Renshaw last month.
CLUBS have been urged to start screening their players for asthma after a study found that 27.8% of its sample had the condition.
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.
NICK DAVIES, the former Norwich Head of Sports Science, is returning to West Ham to work under David Moyes.
RYLAND MORGANS, Liverpool’s former Head of Fitness and Science, has been appointed as Performance Director by Everton.
SOUTHAMPTON have lost the lowest number of days to injury so far this season, while Watford have experienced the most.
WEST HAM manager David Moyes says he hopes to appoint a new fitness coach ‘within the next few weeks’.
TOTTENHAM’S ex-nutritionist has revealed how the club monitors body composition and says players are in ‘serious trouble’ if they put on even a ‘tiny bit’ of fat.
FITNESS COACH Matt Green has left West Brom after 10 years to become Elite Performance Manager at the Premier League.
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 are looking for their first full-time nutritionist as they continue to beef up their backroom team under new owner Andrea Radrizzani.
The reward is a year working on the bottom rung of the ladder, often without pay - but a work placement can be the key to a career in pro football.
WOLVES have recruited Andrew Findlay from Manchester United to become their new Head of Performance Analysis.
JOHNNY WILSON, Notts County’s award-winning Head of Medicine and Sports Science, has left the club after seven years.
NEWCASTLE UNITED have renewed their contract with Irish sports science company Orreco.
SEBASTIANO POCHETTINO, 22, is the youngest first-team sport scientist in the Premier League, having been promoted to the role by Spurs in the summer.
HEAD OF S&C Tom Williams tells us why he swapped Leicester City for a job in the MLS with Toronto FC.
STUART WARDLE has left his role as Head Physio at Norwich City, meaning the bosses of every football department at the club have been replaced since Sporting Director Stuart Webber took over in April.
LIVERPOOL have dismissed Head Physio Andy Renshaw, who had been at the club for more than eight years.
LIVERPOOL are the first Premier League team to start using infrared thermography software produced by a Spanish company called ThermoHuman.
LIVERPOOL’S Head Physio, Andy Renshaw, has hit back at critics of the club’s injury record, insisting the medical department achieve ‘outstanding’ results.
DOZENS of clubs use GPS data. But how exactly is it gathered? And, most importantly of all, how does it impact a manager's decision-making? Will Abbott, Head of Academy Sports Science and S&C at Brighton, told us more.
LIVERPOOL defender Dejan Lovren says he has been taking ‘five painkillers before every game’ - despite warnings about the overuse of medication from leading experts.
MANSFIELD TOWN will take on Notts County for the Matt Salmon Trophy tomorrow in honour of their former physio, who died from lung cancer in May at the age of 25.
DARREN BURGESS, the new Director of High Performance at Arsenal, has called on practitioners to “stick together and not publicly comment on what happens at other clubs” following a tweet from his West Brom counterpart.
ARSENAL manager Arsene Wenger says he has no idea whether modern recovery techniques work or not - and claims no-one else does either.
SOUTHAMPTON have brought in an expert to try and discover why their players are losing so many days to hamstring injuries.
SAMMY LEE, Ryland Morgans and Orlando Trustfull have left Crystal Palace following the arrival of Roy Hodgson as manager.
CHRIS RUSH has taken over as Head of Athletic Performance at Blackburn Rovers.
RICHARD MERRON has stepped up to become Manchester United’s first-team physio following a reorganisation of the club's medical personnel.
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.
TONY STRUDWICK, Manchester United's Head of Performance, is approaching 20 years as a practitioner in pro football. We caught up with him at Soccerex to talk about changes in the industry, Sir Alex Ferguson and Marcus Rashford.
HEAD PHYSIO Andy Renshaw explained what happens in a Liverpool medical as Naby Keita completed his switch to Anfield this morning.
ADAM KERR has been appointed as the new Head of Physical Performance at League One Scunthorpe United.
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.
ARSENAL have installed ‘one of the largest cryotherapy units in the UK’ as part of their refurbishment of the London Colney training centre.
LIVERPOOL boss Jurgen Klopp has picked out six key backroom staff without whom he would be ‘nothing’.
K TAPE is becoming increasingly popular and seems to have big benefits, but experts are calling for more research into the reasons why.
SOUTHAMPTON first team data scientist Laura Bowen gives a fascinating insight into her role during pre-season - saying her purpose is to give players 'no place to hide'.
NEIL HOUGH, United's first-team head physio for the last three years, has switched to the same position in the Academy.
HUDDERSFIELD TOWN have had a four-person cryotherapy unit installed at their PPG Canalside training ground.
ADAM KERR has left his role as Head of Fitness at Middlesbrough following a “reorganisation of roles” instigated by new manager Garry Monk.
MICROSOFT has launched a new Sports Performance Platform which it says could enable teams to predict injuries and prolong players’ careers.
NBA superstar Steph Curry swears by the benefits of flotation therapy. Could it become a key part of the training and recovery process for more football teams?
Will Abbott, Head of Academy Strength and Conditioning at Brighton, gives us the lowdown on pre-season at the Premier League club.
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.
JONNY NORTHEAST, Swansea City's Head of Sports Science, is leaving the club after seven years.
MANY players are back at their training grounds this week. The first thing they do is testing. But what exactly does it involve?
CHRIS NEVILLE has left his role as Head of Athletic Performance at relegated Blackburn Rovers.
ARSENAL have appointed Darren Burgess, Liverpool's former Head of Fitness and Conditioning, as their new Head of Elite Performance.
HEAD of Sports Science Nick Davies has left Norwich with immediate effect as the club continues an overhaul under Stuart Webber.
A new app, Fitr Woman, aims to help women with sport's last big taboo - the menstrual cycle.
HAMSTRING injuries went down 5.6% as a proportion of the total in the Premier League last season, according to the website premierinjuries.com.
A MANCHESTER start-up has launched the world’s first virtual reality talent ID and rehab system.
Injury rates are reduced when players get at least six days of recovery between matches, new research has found.
A US study has found that NBA players who tweeted late at night performed worse in games the next day.
GARY LEWIN, one of football’s best-known physios, has joined West Ham as their new head of medical services.
JIRI DVORAK, Fifa’s former chief medical officer, says abuse of painkillers is a ‘bigger threat in the long-term’ than doping.
WEST BROM won the Premier League fitness title in 2016/17, with the lowest number of significant injuries and days lost to injury.
WATFORD haven't just appointed a new manager - they've appointed a new management team.
NOTTS COUNTY win the League Two Sports Science and Medicine team of the year award - and immediately gift it to Mansfield Town in honour of the late Matt Salmon.
AN emotional Steve Evans has paid tribute to the ‘outstanding’ Matt Salmon following the Mansfield Town physio’s untimely death at the age of 25.
MANSFIELD TOWN academy physio Matt Salmon has died from lung cancer at the age of just 25.
MANSFIELD TOWN academy physio Matt Salmon has announced his retirement after being diagnosed with terminal cancer.
LIVERPOOL and Tottenham are taking a “risk too far” with their players by flying them thousands of miles to play friendlies this week, says the MD of one of Fifa’s medical centres of excellence.
LEADING sports scientist Tim Gabbett has defended Liverpool’s approach to training after Raymond Verheijen described it as a ‘mess’.
JURGEN KLOPP says Chelsea have been ‘lucky’ with injuries this season, leading his old nemesis Raymond Verheijen to claim the German has created a ‘mess’ at Liverpool.
CLIVE BREWER has arrived at the Toronto Blue Jays via Widnes rugby league and Manchester United. He gave TGG an exclusive insight into the working of the Blue Jays' performance department.
BENFICA and Cricket Australia are pioneering use of a ‘player performance platform’ that enables them to make sense of their vast amounts of data.
ALAN PARDEW says sports science and medical staff have become ‘too protective’ and that this contributed to his sacking at Crystal Palace.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the film Flubber. Dr Carmel Majidi, of Carnegie Mellon University, is our latter-day Professor Brainard.
LIVERPOOL’S Andy O’Boyle has been appointed as the new Head of Elite Performance at the Premier League.
NORWICH CITY have produced a superb ‘day in the life’ video making a mockery of the belief that a footballer’s working day consists of a couple of hours on the training pitch.
WHAT links scientists at Newcastle United, NASA and IBM? The answer is Brian Moore and his eight-year-old company Orreco.
AS James Bunce sits in his new office at US Soccer’s headquarters in Chicago, he feels the same sense of excitement he did as an intern starting out in the game at Southampton 10 years ago.
WE’VE written a lot about how important sleep is to training and recovery over the last few weeks. Now a California-based company has produced a ’neurostimulation device’ which it says will get a user off to sleep and aid a restful night.
THE often tetchy relationship between club and country seemed to reach breaking point this week, with Jurgen Klopp, Jose Mourinho and Ronald Koeman all furious about the international calendar.
YOU might know Phil Clarke as a former Great Britain rugby league captain and Sky pundit - now he heads up one of the biggest sports performance companies, Sports Office.
JONATHAN WOODHOUSE (above), Southampton academy data scientist, tells us why a work placement was so important for him and gives advice to current students.
PREMIER LEAGUE players have been reminded not to touch team-mates when they go down with injuries and to leave treatment to the professionals.
JOHNNY WILSON, the Notts County head of sports medicine, has improvised a set of suspension training exercises and put his players, including striker Jon Stead, through their paces.
MANCHESTER UNITED’S head of athletic development, Tony Strudwick, says suspension training has become a key part of his squad’s strength and conditioning programme.
BOURNEMOUTH have used the latest principles on 'training load' to manage Jack Wilshere’s regime and minimise his risk of injury this season.
SMART stamps could soon become a feature at football training sessions after two companies entered into an exclusive partnership to commercialise the technology.
Bournemouth’s squad have started using SleepSpecs - scientifically engineered glasses that use amber lenses to help reduce the effect blue light has on sleep patterns.
WE all know the jokes about footballers and tattoos - but the link is about to become more about performance than fashion.
US SOCCER's new director of high performance told TGG about his journey from sports science graduate to one of the key jobs in football.
US SOCCER has continued to overhaul its development programme by luring James Bunce from the Premier League to become its director of high performance.
MANCHESTER UNITED head of performance Tony Strudwick has marked his 20th year in professional football by charting the ‘seismic changes’ he has seen in sports science and laying out the challenges ahead.
NOTTS COUNTY striker Jon Stead allowed TGG inside the physio's room to watch him undergoing a course of acupuncture at the League Two club.
FORMER England striker Alan Smith demonstrates his old centre-forward skills in an indoor drill developed by the club’s head of sports medicine, Johnny Wilson.