Gareth Southgate's backroom staff, from trusted assistant Steve Holland to Spice Girls' former chef Omar Mezine

Gareth Southgate's backroom staff, from trusted assistant Steve Holland to Spice Girls' former chef Omar Mezine

July 9, 2021

GARETH Southgate knows England’s chances of Euro 2020 glory depend on having not just the best team ON the pitch but the best one OFF it as well.

That is why the manager has assembled a crack outfit of fitness coaches, nutritionists, psychologists, analysts and data scientists to try and help the Three Lions reach their first major final since 1966.

Here SunSport gives you the lowdown on who’s who in this team behind the team.

COACHING

Assistant: Steve Holland
Injury forced a premature end to Holland’s playing career but that enabled him to focus on coaching from an early age.

He worked alongside a host of top managers at Chelsea before assisting Southgate part-time with the England Under-21s.

That turned into a permanent assignment with the senior side in 2016.


Assistant: Graeme Jones
On secondment with the national team from Newcastle, following the exit of forwards coach Allan Russell in May.

An accomplished coach who worked alongside Roberto Martinez at Wigan, Everton and Belgium.

Assistant: Chris Powell

Joined England in September 2019 as part of the BAME placement scheme.

An experienced coach and manager in his own right, having been in charge of Charlton,  Huddersfield and Southend.

His full-time job is as Head of  Coaching at Tottenham.

Goalkeeping: Martyn Margetson

Came on board when Sam Allardyce was boss but stayed on under Southgate.

Massively experienced and knows England No 1 Jordan Pickford well from their time together at Everton.

PERFORMANCE

Head of performance: Bryce Cavanagh

You might recognise the Australian from the sidelines — he sports a huge brown beard and is an  enthusiastic onlooker!

Heads up performance, which covers sport science, strength  and conditioning, nutrition and  psychology.

Joined the England set-up in November 2016 having worked in five sports in four different  countries, including being Head of Performance for West Indies cricket and Munster rugby.

Cavanagh is the man behind hot yoga and inflatable water polo at St George’s Park.

Physical performance coach: Ben Rosenblatt

The man who puts the players through their paces in the gym.

Has worked for England since September 2016 and was previously with the English Institute of Sport, the  British Olympic Association and Birmingham City.

Head of performance psychology: Ian Mitchell

The Welshman was part of Chris Coleman’s staff at Euro 2016, where he helped his home nation reach the semi-final.

Mitchell is close to manager Southgate and has encouraged a relaxed, focused and open atmosphere in camp.

Consultant performance coach: Owen Eastwood

A former lawyer who specialises in team culture.

Has worked with the Royal Ballet, South Africa cricket and Stuart Lancaster’s 2015 England Rugby World Cup side.

NUTRITION

Lead nutritionist: Chris Rosimus

Worked for Aston Villa, Leicester and the England cricket team before joining the football side of things.

Was also the nutritionist for England Women at the 2019 World Cup.

Chef: Omar Meziane

Started as a chef at London’s Oxo Tower in the mid-1990s.

First worked with England at the 2017 Under-20s World Cup and has been on board ever since.

His list of clients is a who’s who of sport and includes Harlequins, England’s cricket team and several Formula One drivers. He has also written a cookery book with England rugby star James Haskell.

MEDICAL

Head of performance medicine: Charlotte Cowie

One of the most senior women at the FA. Joined in August 2016 after being Head of Medicine at Fulham and Tottenham.

Oversees all the doctors, physios and therapists in the department.

Where Bryce Cavanagh’s team are focused on optimising performance, Cowie’s are responsible for treating injuries and medical conditions.

Performance doctor: Mark Williams

Was with the Ministry of Defence for 11 years before working with Southgate’s England U21s.

Elevated to the senior set-up in 2020.

Head physio: Steve Kemp

A familiar face for the England players. Has held his position since February 2016.

Previously worked for  Preston, Wolves and Busan Icons in South Korea.

Physio: Simon Spencer

His full-time job is as Head of Physiotherapy for the English Institute of Sport. Worked with England U21s before the senior men.

Soft tissue therapist: Ben Mortlock
A former England futsal player who joined the staff in March 2017.

DATA SCIENCE AND ANALYSIS

Head of analysis & insight: Rhys Long

The Welshman oversees the analysts, who run the rule over England’s performances and that of their opponents.

Before every game, Southgate and his team get in-depth dossiers telling them everything about who they are playing, which allows them to decide on tactics.

They also work on long-term projects, like the one on penalties before the 2018 World Cup.

Long made his name in rugby, working alongside Warren Gatland for Wasps, Wales and the British and Irish Lions.

Lead performance analysts: Steve O’Brien and Mike Baker

The duo have been with England for more than 30 years combined.

They use video and data to paint pictures for the players about their opponents and how they set up.

Performance analysts: Chris Meek and Alex Scanlon

Meek and Scanlon analyse performances in training and matches.

They do something called ‘coding’, which is basically cataloguing video clips of action so they are easy to find and analyse.

Data architect: Alex Thomas
Another Welshman in the England set-up.

Has a Masters in theoretical and mathematical physics and worked for Swansea before joining the FA four years ago.

Together with data analyst Bikash Deb, he works with big datasets, whether that is physical or technical, to get insights. Played a major role in England’s penalties project.

LOGISTICS

Team manager: Emily Webb

While data and science are crucial, you cannot overestimate the  importance of being in the right places at the right time and having good communication in camp.

That is where Webb comes in.

She was Southgate’s personal assistant before being promoted to team manager in October 2018. A key off-field person.

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