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Jon Goodman named as new Notts County academy manager

Joe Jones

Former Millwall, Wimbledon and Republic of Ireland forward Jon Goodman has been appointed as Notts County's new academy manager.

The 45-year-old joins the Magpies from the Nike Academy, where he spent three years coaching and developing talented unsigned players.

Goodman previously worked as head of sports science at Leeds United and Reading, and also ran a consultancy business which included Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton among its clients.

He told the official Notts website: “I am really excited to begin working at Notts County as academy manager.

“While working with Nike I took a keen interest in the club as I have known a number of the staff over the years. It’s also been brilliant to see the impact made by one of our former players, Jorge Grant, this season.

“I have been impressed by the vision, ambition and passion of the chairman, both for the club and the academy, and I look forward to delivering a successful programme that represents our core values of integrity, hard work, competition, positivity and responsibility."

Simon Clark, who was previously reported as having joined Notts as academy manager from Charlton Athletic, is now also on the books at Meadow Lane, as lead professional development phase coach.

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I seem to recall Jon doing well with Millwall, though it looks like we are opting for experience and established coaches - rather than unknowns. This really is the way forward for the academy which I believe will soon be producing the players we require to fill our squad (provided they are given support and playing time).

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