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The Leaders Performance Institute’s latest review of appointments across global sport.
The holiday period saw no let up in the sports performance space. In the English Premier League, Ole Gunnar Solskjær was appointed Manager of Manchester United until the end of the current season, having replaced José Mourinho. The Norwegian has taken a break from his role coaching Molde in his native land.
Elsewhere in English football, Les Reed has returned to the role of Technical Director at the Football Association, a role he first held between 2002 and 2004. Reed replaces Dan Ashworth, who is to take up the same post at Premier League Brighton & Hove Albion. Sheffield Wednesday of the Championship have announced Steve Bruce as their new Manager. Bruce, who has been out of work since leaving Aston Villa in October, takes the reins from interim manager Lee Bullen at the beginning of February. He will be joined by long-time coaching associates Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence. Bruce’s move followed hot on the trail of José Gomes‘ appointment as Manager of Reading.
In the League of Ireland, champions Dundalk have replaced Stephen Kenny with Vinny Perth, who has signed a two-year contract. Perth had been serving as Kenny’s assistant since 2013.
Over in the Netherlands, Jaap Stam is back in work having taken the head coaching position at Eredivisie club PEC Zwolle. The Dutchman, who served as Manager of Reading between 2016 and 2018, has signed an 18-month contract.
On to MLS, where newly-crowned champions Atlanta United have appointed Frank de Boer to succeed Tata Martino. De Boer takes his first coaching role since leaving Crystal Palace in September 2017. United’s new Dutchman has not been the league’s only head coaching appointment, with Guillermo Barros Schelotto departing from this role Boca Juniors in his native Argentina to take the vacant position at the LA Galaxy. Schelotto won both the Supporters’ Shield and the MLS Cup with Columbus Crew, which is the destination for Toronto FC General Manager Tim Bezbatchenko. He heads south to Ohio to become the Crew’s new President. Toronto FC, however, were quick to name the New York Red Bull’s Ali Curtis as Bezbatchenko’s replacement.
The focus now shifts to Asia and the Chinese Super League, as Shanghai Shenhua announced Quique Sánchez Flores as their new Head Coach. The Spaniard, who left Espanyol in April, replaces Wu Jingui as the Chinese takes over as the club’s Sporting Director.
From China to India, where Phil Brown has been installed as the Head Coach of Indian Super League side Pune FC. The Englishman takes over for the remainder of the season.
We now turn our attention to the NFL and the appointment of Mike Mayock as General Manager of the Oakland Raiders. The move sees the Raiders’ former Draft Analyst take his first front office role.
Sticking in the States, the Baltimore Orioles of MLB have hired Brandon Hyde as their new Manager, luring him from the Chicago Cubs, where he served as Bench Coach.
Over in the NBA, the Indiana Pacers have made history in appointing renowned WNBA executive Kelly Krauskopf as the first Assistant GM in the league’s history.
Not to leave baseball out, Scott Brosius has been named Senior Director of Player Development at Team USA.
There has also been movement in both codes of rugby. Starting with rugby union and the Leicester Tigers, where interim coach Geordan Murphy has been appointed as Head Coach on a permanent basis. In rugby league, Lee Crooks has been appointed Wales Rugby League under-16s men’s Head Coach.
On to cricket. Ashley Giles has been appointed as Director of Cricket at the England & Wales Cricket Board [ECB]. The former England international succeeds Andrew Strauss. At county level, Glamorgan have appointed their former captain Mark Wallace as Director of Cricket. Wallace, who retired in April, joins from the Professional Cricketers’ Association, where he had worked in the interim. The appointment comes as CEO Hugh Morris relinquished this part of his role.
Returning to India, WV Raman is the new Head Coach of the India women’s senior cricket team, replacing Ramesh Powar.
Changing sports and crossing the border, Saeed Khan has been appointed as Manager/Head Coach of the Pakistan men’s national hockey team. Khan, who lifted the 1994 World Cup with Pakistan as Head Coach, returns ahead of the FIH Pro League, which begins later this month.
Click here for the last round-up of performance appointments.