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Analysis & Recruitment Staff

Performance Analysis & Recruitment Staff at Leicester City Football Club.



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Andy Blake
Andy Blake

Andy Blake
Senior First Team Performance Analyst 

Andy is responsible for utilising various modes of technology to provide information to the manager, coaching staff, and players.

Primarily focusing on upcoming opponents, Andy produces detailed reports for the coaching staff, and also pre-match presentations to be delivered to the players, along with other information to assist with match preparation.

On match days, Andy is involved in the live analysis, communicating with the manager and coaching staff to review key events, and preparing footage to be relayed at half-time and full-time.

This work then feeds in to the post-match analysis processes. A Sport and Exercise Science graduate from the University of Bath, Andy has been at the Club since the start of the 2008 season, having previously worked for Hawk-Eye Innovations, and undertaken a work placement at Reading Football Club.

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Matthew Edge
Matthew Edge

Matthew Edge
First Team Performance Analyst

Similar to Andy, Matt’s primary focus is to carry out detailed analysis about the upcoming opposition for the coaching staff and players, and to provide live analysis support on match days.

Matt’s role also involves the analysis of set plays as he works closely with the coaching staff to try and improve performance. He utilises various sources of information to create interactive reports, analysing team performances, upcoming opponents and trend analysis on leagues and teams from around the world.

Matt brings a wealth of experience to Leicester, following six years at Aston Villa Football Club, where he had been responsible for the provision of analysis services for both the Academy and First Team. He also holds a BSc Hons in Sports Coaching Science and a MSc in Performance Analysis.

Callum Smithson
First Team Technical Scout 

Callum’s role at Leicester City is to assist the Club's Head of Technical Scouting in providing analytical insights into the performances of prospective transfer targets. 

Using his technical knowledge, Callum is able to collate both in-house and external statistical data to generate monthly reports and comparisons on potential signings. He then analyses the data further in order to compile detailed individual statistical reports. Callum will also scout games live and via video analysis to develop both an objective and subjective view on prospective targets.

Having originally joined the department in July 2015, he moved to a full time position following a successful internship period. Prior to the role, Callum obtained a First Class degree in Mathematics and Sports Science at the University of Birmingham.

José Fontes 
First Team & U23 Technical Scout 

José is responsible for assisting the Club’s Head of Technical Scouting in identifying and providing analytical insights into the performances of prospective First Team and U23 transfer targets. 

José uses his technical and tactical knowledge to help identify, profile and monitor players both domestically and abroad. He is also responsible for tracking players in the U23 remit. This involves frequently scouting live matches, editing video footage and aiding in the generation of in-house statistical data.

He joined the club in September of 2016. He left the investment banking industry to pursue a career in professional football, having since worked for Leixões SC and Boavista FC in Portugal. He is multi-lingual in Portuguese, English and Spanish.

Before joining Leicester City, Jose obtained a degree in Management Studies at the University of Nottingham and a postgraduate in High Performance Football Coaching at the University of Lisbon. He is currently completing a Masters in High Performance Sports Coaching at the University of Lisbon as well his UEFA A license.  

Tom Thacker
U23 Recruitment Officer 

Tom’s role in the department is to scout and identify players in the Under-23 and Academy age groups. Tom will link in with the senior members of the Recruitment Department and also the Club’s Under-23 coaches.

He also keeps an up to date knowledge on the non-league circuit, working with the Club’s non-league scouts identifying any outstanding talent.

Tom will use his scouting experience to target younger players coming through the system and will attend relevant fixtures. He keeps an up-to-date database on potential target players for Leicester City.

He joined the department in January 2017 having previously worked for six years at Birmingham City Football Club. He held the roles of academy scout, academy elite scout and finally for three years was the National scout leading recruitment in the Under-16, 18 and 23 age brackets for the Midlands area.

Tom worked for 15 years as a Police Officer with West Midlands Police before taking a career path change into professional football.

Gina Carrelli
Recruitment Administrator

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