CLIENT NEWS: CAHILL’S QATAR CHALLENGE
- Holden lands new job as Stoke City no2
- Falkirk bank on Fergus to inspire Academy kids
- Miller back in the mix at Portsmouth
- Baptiste hired as new FC Laval women’s coach
AUSTRALIAN legend TIM CAHILL has taken up an exciting new challenge as the Chief Sports Officer for the Aspire Academy in Qatar.
The former Everton and Socceroos midfielder has spent some time in the Middle East throughout this year mixing his duties as a global ambassador for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar with studies for his post-football career at the Josoor Institute.
Sport Careers Agency client Cahill will now take up a major role at the Aspire Academy which was created back in 2004 to help scout and develop Qatari athletes.
The Academy's conveyor belt of talent produced a number of graduates for the Qatar national side who won the 2019 Asian Cup.
And Tim said: ”I'm excited and honoured to join Aspire, one of the world's leading sports academies.
”I've been visiting Aspire since my playing days with Everton and the Socceroos and have been constantly impressed by its world-class innovation and competitiveness.
”I am looking forward to contributing to the success and growth of Aspire as well as developing my skills in sports management as I embark on this exciting new chapter in my career.
”Following my retirement from football, I didn't know exactly what I wanted my next step to be, so set out to experience the many different sides of sport."
Cahill has spent time learning about the business of sport, completing his coaching badges and working extensively in the media. Now the fruits of those labours will be put to work helping to raise the next generation of footballers in Qatar.
DEAN HOLDEN'S short spell out of the game has ended as he landed a new role as Stoke City boss Michael O'Neill's new assistant manager.
Sport Careers Agency client Holden left his post as Bristol City boss in February and has been quickly snapped up by the former Northern Ireland manager as his right-hand man.
O'Neill said: "I have no doubts that Dean will be an excellent appointment for us. He knows the Championship well from his time in charge of Bristol City and he's an outstanding young coach with an excellent track record in developing younger players.
"I feel that is going to be very important to us when you take into account the number of young players we have in our team and around the first team squad."
HIGHLY-RESPECTED coach Ian Fergus has landed an exciting role in charge of Scottish club Falkirk's new development squad.
Sport Careers Agency client and UEFA A Licence holder Fergus has elite youth academy coaching experience throughout a host of clubs in his homeland having worked for the likes of Hibernian, Hamilton Academical, Hearts and Dunfermline Athletic.
He was also Head Coach at Selkirk FC in the country's fifth-tier Lowland League which feeds into the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL).
Ian's adventurous spirit and thirst for knowledge has seen him coach in American youth soccer and deliver coaching programmes in Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Netherlands, Thailand and Canada.
He also embarked on learning journeys to Serie A academies in Italy to build his knowledge further and that dedication to self-improvement has always impressed Falkirk Sporting Director Gary Holt.
Former Kilmarnock Scotland midfielder Holt said: "What we're building is a pragmatic programme that will give young players the opportunity to play and impress with a view to earning a contract with Falkirk Football Club.
”I have known Ian for a number of years and it's no exaggeration to say that I believe he is one of the finest youth development coaches in Scotland."
GREG MILLER is the new Academy Manager at ambitious English club Portsmouth.
The 45-year-old Sport Careers Agency client landed the role after leaving English club Barnsley in August 2020 to seek a new challenge.
Greg, who cut his teeth coaching youth players at Hibernian and Rangers, has had a varied career that includes a spell as first team coach of JEF United in the Japanese Premier League.
He also had six fruitful years working at the Scottish Football Association and helped Scotland's under-17s qualify for the 2015 European Championships.
Now the Scot will help mentor the young players at League One Pompey as the club look to once again climb to their former heights in the English Premiership.
ANGELO JEAN BAPTISTE has returned to former club FC Laval as Head Coach of the women's team in the Quebec Premier League in Canada.
Sport Careers Agency client Baptiste is a UEFA A Licence coach with a degree in
Communication and Human Relations.
In his playing days he starred as a pro in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, the United States and Canada before turning to coaching over the last two decades.
Five years ago Angelo Jean was elected Coach of the Year by the Quebec Student Sports Federation while at the helm of Collège Bois-de-Boulogne. Now he brings his expertise to the women's team at FC Laval.