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Football Careers clients make moves in the Scottish Premiership and EFL League One

Two Football Careers clients are making moves at EFL League One side Shrewsbury Town. Shrewsbury has named Daniel Reece — who was most recently Lead Youth Development Phase Coach at the club — as its new Head of Coaching.

Reece initially joined Shrewsbury Town as a Youth Development Phase Coach in early 2022. Previously, the UEFA A Licence holder coached at various clubs throughout England and Wales, including Wrexham, Chester, and Connah’s Quay Nomads. In 2018, Reece took his coaching career overseas to Liverpool FC International Academy in China, where he spent more than three years as Academy Manager and Head Coach.

With additional roles in performance analysis and sports lecturing under his belt — alongside a Master of Science degree in Sports Coaching and a PGCE in Further Education — Reece’s breadth of experience and knowledge has served him well at Shrewsbury, where his newest position will see him support and develop both players and coaches within the club.

Gareth Richards has stepped into the Lead Youth Development Phase Coach role previously held by Reece, bringing with him a wealth of experience garnered at teams across Wales and England.

The UEFA A Licence coach has worked within Academy systems at several English and Welsh clubs, including Everton and Wrexham. Richards has also contributed to player development at the national level with the Football Association of Wales (FAW) as North Academies U18 Manager, and with the FAW Trust in the role of Boys National Regional Programme Coach.

Richards’ impressive track record in player development is bolstered by an ongoing commitment to his own personal and professional development — alongside his coaching qualifications, he holds a Master of Science degree in Sports Coaching, Sports and Exercise, and an Honours Bachelor of Science in Science and Football. He is well-positioned to lead Shrewsbury Town’s young players at a key stage in their development.

Aidan McKendry settles into a new position as Motherwell’s Head of Youth Development Phase

After joining Scottish Premiership side Motherwell in 2022 as a Youth Phase Academy Coach, Aidan McKendry’s success at the club has seen him promoted to Head of Youth Development Phase.

Prior to his time at Motherwell, McKendry held various roles at the University of Glasgow, working across the first team, second team, and the U21 squad. The UEFA A Licence holder has also worked with Hamilton Academical in a number of coaching positions, and with Celtic Women’s 17s team as an Oppositional Analyst.

McKendry’s wide-ranging experience and knowledge of the Scottish game will stand him in good stead in his new role, where he is tasked with leading the development and support of Motherwell’s burgeoning Academy players.

Tony Bryson joins St Mirren as Youth Academy Coach

Tony Bryson, a highly experienced coach and UEFA A Licence holder, has secured a new position as Youth Academy Coach at Scottish Premiership side St Mirren.

Bryson has a wealth of experience across the Scottish football landscape, including coaching roles at Ayr United, Dundee, Hamilton Academical, and the Scottish Football Association. He is also skilled in sports development, having worked within schools and community sports programmes at local councils throughout Scotland.

In 2015, Bryson attained a Master of Science degree in Sports Coaching from the University of the West of Scotland. St Mirren’s young Academy footballers are bound to benefit from Bryson’s extensive experience and expansive knowledge of the game.

The Pars Foundation welcomes Dean Gibson as Football Development Officer

Dean Gibson — a multi-talented UEFA Licensed manager with certifications in talent identification — has been appointed Football Development Officer at the Pars Foundation, which is responsible for running the community programme on behalf of Dunfermline Athletic.

Gibson most recently held the role of First Team Manager at Hibernian Women. He first joined the Edinburgh side’s Community Foundation in 2015 as a Community Programme Lead, and would later go on to become Academy Intermediate Phase Manager with Hibernian Women, then U23 Head Coach and Senior Phase Manager before securing the First Team Manager role.

Earlier in his career, Gibson spent eight years working with Edinburgh Leisure, both as a coach and as a football development officer. His expansive skillset and impressive experience will make Gibson an asset to the Pars Foundation in his new role.

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