Coaching / Development Performance | 16.06.17

Performance Appointments

Senior Appointments at the Buffalo Sabres, Florida Panthers, AS Roma, Bayer Leverkusen, FC Nantes and beyond.

Performance Appointments

The Leaders Performance Institute’s weekly review of appointments across global sport.

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Ice Hockey

Housley brought in by Buffalo

Phil Housley is the new Head Coach of the NHL’s Buffalo Sabres. The 53-year-old led the Nashville Predators to the recent Stanley Cup Final and within a week had made the move to the Sabres. Housley, a Buffalo Hall of Famer, replaces Dan Bylsma.



Ice Hockey

Boughner bound for Florida Panthers

Bob Boughner has been made Head Coach of the NHL’s Florida Panthers. The 46-year-old arrives from the San Jose Sharks, where he served as Assistant Coach for the past two seasons, to take his first head coaching role in the NHL. Boughner is the long term replacement for Tom Rowe, who left the Panthers in April.


Di Francesco’s road leads to Roma

Eusebio di Francesco has signed a two-year contract to become the Head Coach of the Italian Serie A club AS Roma. The 47-year-old, who guided Sassuolo to 12th place in Serie A last season, succeeds Luciano Spalletti.


Leverkusen hire Herrlich

Heikko Herrlich has been appointed Head Coach of German Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen. The 45-year-old replaces Tayfun Korkut, who left the club at the end of the season, and returns to the team he represented as a player between 1989 and 1993.


Schalke take Tedesco

Domenico Tedesco has taken over as Head Coach of the German Bundesliga’s Schalke 04, having signed a two-year contract. The 31-year-old, who only took his first head coaching role in February, replaces the recently sacked Markus Wienzierl.


Ranieri appointed by Nantes

Claudio Ranieri is the new Head Coach of French Ligue 1 side Nantes. The Italian received special dispensation as he has already reached the league’s age-limit of 65 for a coach. Ranieri has been out of work since leaving Leicester City in February and replaces Sérgio Conceição, who has departed for the Head Coach position at Porto in the Portuguese Primeira Liga.


Jiangsu capture Capello

Fabio Capello has been named as the Head Coach of Chinese Super League club Jiangsu Suning. The 70-year-old, who has not worked in coaching since leaving the Russia men’s national soccer team in 2015, assumes control with immediate effect.


Abbiati returns to Milan

Christian Abbiati has returned to Italian Serie A’s AC Milan as Club Manager. The 39-year-old, who played for the Rossoneri for 12 years, will be the liaison between the playing staff and the Sporting and Technical Director, Massimiliano Mirabelli.




Symes signs up with England

Rebecca Symes has been appointed as Sports Psychologist to the England men’s national Under-21s team. She joins the squad as it prepares for the Uefa European Under-21 Championship, which starts this week in Poland.

Rugby Union

Jackman joins the Dragons

Bernard Jackman has agreed a deal with the Pro12’s Newport Gwent Dragons to become their new Head Coach. The 41-year-old, who previously served as Head Coach of the French Top 14 side Grenoble, is set to replace the departing Kingsley Jones next week. Jones has been appointed lead the Wales Rugby Union’s exiles’ programme.


Loer lands at Snowboard Germany

Bernard Loer has been appointed Head Coach of Snowboard Germany’s snowboard cross team. He will replace Gernot Raitmair, who brings to an end his highly successful 14-year reign at the start of August. Loer will be assisted by David Speiser as the team’s preparations continue apace for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyongchang.

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