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Team Behind the Team: Meet Gareth Southgate’s Backroom Staff in England | England


Steve Holland (deputy director)
The 51-year-old became Gareth Southgate’s full-time assistant in 2017, having initially worked with him at the Under-21 level and after a coaching career that saw him manage Crewe before progressing through the ranks. Chelsea ranks, starting with reserves and continuing. work at the first team level with André-Villas Boas, Roberto Di Matteo, Rafael Benítez, José Mourinho, Guus Hiddink and Antonio Conte. Holland leads England’s tactical drills and is widely recognized as one of the smartest coaches in the country. Cesc Fàbregas, who was with Holland at Stamford Bridge, said: “Steve’s meticulous brain is England’s secret weapon.”

Graeme Jones (assistant coach)
The former Doncaster Rovers striker joined the Southgate squad a month before the Euro as a replacement for attacking coach Allan Russell, who “agreed to step down” after accepting responsibility for his involvement in a traffic accident. Jones does not have the same duties as Russell and instead has brought extensive coaching skills with him from an extensive career that began at Hamilton Academical in 2006 before working alongside Roberto Martinez in Swansea City, Wigan Athletic, Everton and with Belgium. He also managed Luton Town before, in late January, becoming an assistant coach at Newcastle United, where he was widely recognized for the tactical adjustments that led his childhood club to avoid relegation.

Graeme Jones, England assistant coach.
Graeme Jones is also an assistant coach at Newcastle United. Photograph: Eddie Keogh / The FA / Getty Images

Chris Powell (assistant coach)
A five-time international for England at the turn of the century, the former left-back joined Southgate’s team in September 2019 as part of a Football Association program designed to improve the underrepresentation of ethnic minority coaches. He came in with a wealth of experience having led Charlton Athletic, Huddersfield Town and Southend United. Since last year he has been balancing England’s duties with his role as manager of Tottenham Hotspur at the U-17 to U-23 level. The 51-year-old was also an assistant to Ryan Mason during Mason’s tenure as the Spurs’ interim manager last season.

Martyn Margetson (goalkeeping coach)
Hired by Sam Allardyce during his brief stint as England manager, the former Manchester City, Southend, Huddersfield and Cardiff City goalkeeper has become an integral part of the setup, specifically in regards to Jordan Pickford. The pair have developed an excellent working relationship, partly since their time together at Everton, with Pickford crediting the 49-year-old, who was part of the Welsh setup that reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016, for his consistently good performances. on an international level.

Sam Johnstone, Jordan Pickford and Aaron Ramsdale from England speaking with Martyn Margetson, England's goalkeeping coach.
Sam Johnstone, Jordan Pickford and Aaron Ramsdale from England speaking with Martyn Margetson, England’s goalkeeping coach. Photograph: Eddie Keogh / The FA / Getty Images

Steve O’Brien (Principal Performance Analyst)
O’Brien has been with the FA since January 2003 and worked as a senior analyst at Loughborough University before moving to St George’s Park in September 2012, from where he is in charge of a four-man team providing detailed analysis. video of England. players and opposing sides. These are directed at coaches and players so that they can evaluate their own performances.

Mike Baker (Senior Performance Analyst)
Baker joined the FA in November 2007 as a performance analyst, having served in that role for the Bath team in a variety of sports, including netball, skeleton, judo, and volleyball. He was promoted to his current position in December 2015 and Noel Blake, the former England U19 coach, described him as a player with “great knowledge and understanding of the game” and a “great guy”.

Daniel Parker (performance analyst)
Having earned a Master’s degree in International Sports Performance Analysis from Nottingham Trent University, Parker worked as an analyst in Notts County and Derby County before joining the FA in August 2013.

Peter Clark (performance analyst)
Clark joined the FA in June 2019 after having worked as a first team performance analyst in Leicester City for seven years, where he had sole responsibility for providing post-match video and statistical commentary to staff and players.

Bryce Cavanagh (Head of Fitness and Nutrition)
Born in Sydney, Cavanagh joined the FA in November 2016 as Head of Physical Performance and Nutrition after having served similar roles on the Melbourne Rebels rugby team and Munster. He had also worked with the West Indies cricket team and is widely recognized for being incredibly progressive when it comes to long-term physical care and advancement of elite athletes. Apparently it was his idea to let the England players play with inflatable unicorns in the pools.

Jadon Sancho from England floats on an inflatable unicorn.
Jadon Sancho with an inflatable unicorn. Apparently it was Bryce Cavanagh’s idea to use them. Photograph: Eddie Keogh / The FA / Getty Images

Dr. Benjamin Rosenblatt (head fitness coach)
Rosenblatt joined the FA in September 2016 after being part of the GB team that traveled to Rio for the Olympics that summer. She is credited with having played a key role in the women’s hockey team that won gold in Brazil and, having become part of the England setup, improving the fitness level of the team that reached the World Cup semi-finals. 2018.

Steve Kemp (Lead Physical Therapist)
After having worked as head of medical services at Wolves for four years, Kemp joined the FA as a physical therapist in August 2012 and became the lead physiotherapist on the men’s side in February 2016. He is also a visiting professor at the University of Birmingham, where he obtained a Postgraduate Diploma in Manual Therapy and at University College London. With England, Kemp works closely with Lead Performance Physician, Dr. Mark Williams.

Gareth Southgate speaks with Dr. Ian Mitchell, Director of Performance Psychology.
Gareth Southgate speaks with Dr. Ian Mitchell, Director of Performance Psychology. Photograph: Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images

Dr. Ian Mitchell (Head of Performance Psychology)
Like Margetson, Mitchell was part of the Welsh setup at Euro 2016. He joined the FA in February 2018 as part of their people and team development department and has largely taken on the role played by Pippa Grange. during the last World Cup, working directly. with the players to improve their psychological stamina. Mitchell, describing the role, says: “My goal is to create vibrant cultures of England through strong environments and resilient people.”


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