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Weekly Highlights: Raymond Atteveld joins Shakhtar Donetsk, Paul Clark moves to Dundee United, and more

Raymond Atteveld appointed Assistant Head Coach of Shakhtar Donetsk


Born in the Netherlands, Raymond Atteveld began his senior playing career with former Eredivisie side HFC Haarlem in 1985. Four years later, Atteveld secured a dream move to Everton. He made his debut in 1989 and would become one of just nine Dutchmen to have played for the club.

The 56-year-old Football Careers client enjoyed spells in teams across Belgium and the Netherlands before he hung up his boots in 2002. Since then, Atteveld has embarked upon a fascinating coaching career that has seen him work with leading clubs in Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Israel, and Armenia.

Now, the UEFA Pro Licence holder takes up an exciting new role as assistant head coach at Ukrainian Premier League’s Shakhtar Donetsk. Atteveld will continue his partnership with new Shakhtar Donetsk manager Patrick van Leeuwen, who he worked alongside last season at Ukrainian Premier League rivals Zorya Luhansk. 

In 2009, Shakhtar Donetsk made history as the first club in independent Ukraine to win the UEFA Cup (now known as the Europa League). It is one of two Ukrainian clubs — the other being Dynamo Kyiv — that has won a major UEFA competition.

On Saturday 29th July, Shakhtar Donetsk’s new season will begin with an away fixture to Metalist 1925.

Paul Clark is Dundee United’s new Head of Academy Talent ID & Recruitment


During his playing days, Paul Clark spent time at Airdrieonians under the management of Aberdeen, Tottenham Hotspur, and Barcelona legend Steve Archibald. Archibald had earlier tried to sign Clark for East Fife, and would later become his agent.

Now, in the world of talent identification and recruitment, Clark hears Archibald’s name often. When he took up a lead scout position for Aberdeen’s youth academy, Jim Fraser (head of academy recruitment at Aberdeen) said: “If you find another Steve Archibald for Aberdeen, you’ve done your work!”

Clark began his scouting career with Dundee in 2014, who appointed him Head of Scottish Recruitment in 2021. In his work with Dundee, Dundee United, and Aberdeen, the Football Careers client has garnered experience in talent identification and recruitment across various Academy age groups.

That experience — along with his sharp eye for special talent — will stand Clark in good stead as he begins his new role at Dundee United.

Thomas O'Ware, former Partick Thistle player
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Thomas O’Ware named Head Coach of Young Queen’s Park


Former Greenock Morton and Partick Thistle defender Thomas O’Ware is settling into a new role as head coach of Young Queen’s Park, the B-team for Scottish Championship club Queen’s Park FC.

In his youth career, O’Ware honed his skills as a player in the Academy system at Rangers, where he would later return as a coach to lead the U16 squad. He also spent time at Kilmarnock before signing for West of Scotland Football League’s Bonnyton Thistle in 2010.

The 30-year-old Football Careers client joined Greenock Morton in 2011, sparking the beginning of an impressive seven-year spell at the Scottish Championship side. During that time, O’Ware made 174 appearances for the club and ended the 2016/17 season as Europe’s top-scoring defender with 11 goals.

Since beginning his coaching career with Troon Thistle YFC in 2012, O’Ware has garnered experience working with talented young footballers in a number of Scottish clubs. The UEFA A Licence holder’s keen understanding of the Scottish game and its Academy system will make him a valuable addition to Young Queen’s Park.

Dries Van Meirhaeghe joins STVV as First-Team Assistant Coach


Dries Van Meirhaeghe has been appointed first-team assistant coach at Belgian Pro League club Sint-Truidense V.V. (STVV). 

The UEFA A Licence holder’s previous coaching roles include Academy work with K.V. Kortrijk, who also compete in the Belgian Pro League, and a stint in Denmark with FC Midtjylland.

Van Meirhaeghe holds a bachelor’s degree in Sports Science and two master’s degrees: one in Movement Sciences with a specialisation in Football Coaching and the other in Advanced Performance Football Coaching.

With experience in performance analysis through positions at SV Zulte Waregem and Royal Charleroi Sporting Club, the 25-year-old Football Careers client brings impressive knowledge and a unique skill set to STVV. 

STVV’s first fixture of the new Belgian Pro League season will take place at home to Standard de Liège on Sunday 30th July.

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