Jack Wilson Settles into a Key Backroom Role at Manchester City
Jack Wilson’s meteoric rise in the world of football analysis has continued with a move to become a key part of Pep Guardiola’s backroom staff at Manchester City.
The Football Careers client has joined City as First Team Performance Analyst – Set Pieces and will work closely with Set Piece coach Carlos Vicens to improve Pep’s superstars in a critical area of the game.
Eight years ago, gifted Scot Wilson was working on opposition analysis for Queen of the South and Dundee United in his homeland as he began his football journey. Stints at Heart of Midlothian and with the Northern Ireland national team saw his reputation grow and in 2020, he won a dream move to English Premiership shock troops Brentford.
The Bees have been ground-breaking in their working on maximising set-plays and have seen their staff in this area lured away by the likes of Arsenal and City before. Now Jack becomes the latest graduate after two years at Brentford as he moves on to work with Guardiola’s side.
In one of those twists of fate that football often throws up, Brentford played City in their final game before the World Cup break with Jack’s move in the offing. He stopped work for Thomas Frank’s club before that match but, yes, you’ve guessed it: the game was dominated by set pieces!
Ivan Toney headed Brentford ahead from a combination off a long free-kick by the keeper, City equalised through Phil Foden from a Kevin de Bruyne corner. Then in the dying seconds, Brentford broke from a corner against and Toney dramatically clinched a sensational 2-1 win.
Following a victory over Liverpool in the EFL Cup on 22nd December, City will now face Southampton in the quarter-final on 11th January.
Wilson is certain to be a key element in City’s set-piece work as they prepare for the challenge.