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Management restructure at West Ham
 Women's Football News 22 Jul 2013
West Ham United Ladies FC is pleased to announce several additions and re-appointments to the management structure at the club, by Director of Football, Julia Setford and First Team Manager Mark Saunderson, for the 2013-14 season. 
Julian Roberts and Roy Nixon have been retained in their key positions as Head of Goal Keeper Development and Head of Fitness & Conditioning from last season's management squad. Director of Football, Julia, believes that these re-appointments will be crucial in the continuation of the success in these areas at the club: "Julian's expertise within the goalkeeping coaching circle is well known. His commitment to the club's goal keepers, both at senior and junior levels, is second to none and he has played an integral part in their overall development during his time with the club.
"Both his professionalism and knowledge have been of huge benefit to the club over the years and after discussions with Mark it was clear that we felt that this needed to continue. I was aware that other clubs had enquired into his availability this season but both myself and Mark are delighted that he has chosen to continue with us at West Ham United Ladies.
"Roy has done some excellent and impressive work with the ladies senior squad, over the last couple of seasons, with their conditioning and fitness levels. Both he and Mark identified that further developments in this field was required at the club in order to meet the growing demands of the ladies game and to also ensure that the players are in optimum condition for the season ahead. It was very important to the club that Roy agreed to carry on with the role and he has played an integral part of the successful preseason schedule delivery that squad is currently undertaking."
The club has also moved quickly to fill the vacancies created by departures of several members of the senior management team from last season, including Kate Da Costa, Paul Blanchflower, Colin Roache, Pete McGuinness, Mark Shannon and Jim Maycock, and Julia was keen to express the club's gratitude for their efforts during their tenure with the club.
"All of these individuals have played a crucial part not only in the successes that the club has enjoyed previously but also in laying the foundations that senior section is currently building upon," added Julia. "The club recognises the efforts and sacrifices that these individuals made to support the club and they depart with our upmost thanks."
As a result, the club have appointed Paul Clark as First Team Coach and have also secured Chris Isted as Development Squad Manager and Jonathan Thorogood as Development Squad Coach. In making the announcement, Mark Saunderson was pleased that his preferred candidates for each role had been unanimously approved by the club's board and that the individuals had accepted the roles.
"Paul's knowledge and understanding of the ladies game is substantial after gaining experience at clubs such as Hutton, C&K Basildon," he said, "Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace during his coaching career. When combined with his UEFA coaching qualifications and his philosophies on football, once I knew he was available there was no other choice and I am delighted that he has accepted the position.
"Chris and Jonathan's appointments demonstrates the club's commitment and desire for elite player development and will support the seamless transition of players from the successful junior squads at the club into the senior ranks. Both have a proven track record within the ladies game, not only at centre of excellence level but also at senior level, via their work at Ipswich Town and Cambridge United Ladies, and their appointments will only serve to enhance the management team."
The club have also appointed Kayleigh Dougan as Head of Sport Science. Graduating with honours in Sports Psychology and Sports Science from Buckinghamshire University she is a qualified Sports Massage Therapist and Diet and Nutrition Advisor, with six years' experience in the Sporting and Leisure Industry. Kayleigh will manage the club's sport science operation, such as sports psychology, match analysis & sports nutrition, to support players to deliver excellent levels of performance and positive results for the club. Commenting on the appointment,
Julia Setford said: "We are delighted to welcome Kayleigh to the club and she brings with her an impressive knowledge of sport science that when combined with the players dedication to training will ultimately support elite player performance."
The club have also restructured the Sports Medicine Department by appointing Steve Spencer as Head of Sports Medicine, who in turn will be supported by Sport Medicine Interns Jodie Fisher, Jade Lennon, Josh Hawksworth & Sam Hemmingway. Mark Saunderson was quick to praise the appointments:
"Steve is highly qualified and highly experienced in the Sports Medicine field and has worked with GB Athletes, Olympic Squad members as well as Dagenham & Redbridge FC, Thurrock FC and Colchester Ladies FC. Steven has also worked with several members of the first team squad previously and is an extremely valuable member of the management team. Jodie, Jade, Josh and Sam bring with them a diverse knowledge base that is desirable in player welfare, injury prevention and player rehabilitation.
"I am confident that the appointments made, when combined with the support of the main club in terms of facility access at the training ground, provide the necessary environment for elite player performance and development that is at the forefront of the ladies game and in line with the long term strategy of the club. As we enter the second phase of the preseason schedule we have friendly games, that started with a 3-3 draw at Ipswich Town, to follow are Arsenal Ladies, Brentwood Town and Crystal Palace, I am confident that we will reap the benefits and start the regular season on the front foot."

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