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Bolton Wanderers FC First Team Staff Profiles

Information on the staff involved with the football club. 

Bobby Mimms
First Team Goalkeeping Coach

Following Lee Turner's departure to Charlton Athletic at the start of the 2015/16 season, former Everton and Blackburn Rovers goalkeeper Bobby Mimms was appointed as Bolton Wanderers' new goalkeeping coach in August 2015.

The 51-year-old joined the Whites from Blackpool, having previously held the same position with Wolverhampton Wanderers, Blackburn and West Ham United in the Premier League, as well as with Oldham Athletic and the Bahrain national side.

Featuring for no less than 13 teams during his playing days, Mimms famously served as Neville Southall and Tim Flowers’ understudies at Everton and Blackburn respectively, and was a member of either club’s 1986/87 First Division and 1994/95 Premiership-winning squads.

The former England Under-21s international also started for Everton in the 1986 FA Cup Final against Liverpool, before replacing Ray Clemence as Tottenham Hotspur’s first-choice goalkeeper in 1988 prior to his move to Blackburn.

Following his arrival at Macron Stadium, Mimms started working closely with Ben Amos and Ross Fitzsimons ahead of the Whites' season opener against Derby County.

Iain Brunskill
Development Coach

Iain Brunskill joined Bolton Wanderers as the club’s new development coach in November 2014, tasked with overseeing the club’s Under-21s and development squad.

Having worked for The Football Association before linking up with the Whites, Brunskill has also enjoyed coaching stints with Liverpool FC, Blackburn Rovers and Maltese side Floriana FC.

A former player, he came through the ranks at Liverpool before signing for Bury in 1996 - later returning to Anfield as assistant academy technical director in March 1998.

Brunskill left Liverpool to become reserve team manager at Blackburn Rovers in August 2008 after Paul Ince’s arrival as manager at Ewood Park. He would retain the position under former Trotters manager Sam Allardyce, before being promoted to first team coach by Steve Kean in December 2010.

Leaving Ewood Park in December 2012, Brunskill soon took up his first role in senior management as he joined Maltese side Floriana FC as their new head coach on a short-term contract the following month.

Returning to England in June 2013, he started working for the FA, joining their coach development department as youth coach educator, before later moving to Macron Stadium.

Having seen a number of youngsters feature for the Trotters' first team during his time with the club, Brunskill also led the development squad to Manchester FA Senior Cup success as they beat Manchester City to lift the trophy in August 2015.

Mark Leather
Head of Sports Performance

Boasting experience in the professional game spanning over 25 years including ten seasons in the Premier League as Head of Sports Medicine for both Liverpool and Sunderland, Leather previously worked with the club under the stewardship of Sam Allardyce before returning back in May 2013.

Alongside his exploits in the top flight of English football, Leather has also plied his trade with a variety of other clubs including Brighton & Hove Albion, Preston North End and Burnley as well as holding the position of Head Physiotherapist for Wigan Warriors.

Having obtained a Master’s degree in Sports Physiology and a teaching qualification, Leather has also worked at Edge Hill University where he led the MSc Football Rehabilitation programme.

Dave Dean
Sports Rehabilitator

Dave Dean is part of the Wanderers' medical team and his role represents quite a career change, as he had previously spent 17 years of his life working in a bank.

Despite coming from a completely different industry, Dean does have sporting connections, playing rugby and volleyball and at one point be was the GB women's volleyball coach. 

He was made redundant from his job at the bank which prompted him to go back to college and studied sports therapy at Thameside College for two years before going on to study in more depth at Salford University. 

Part of the course at Salford included a two-month work placement with Bolton and after qualifying he was offered a job in the medical department in 2008. 

Dean’s job involves providing a wide range of massage routines to ensure that everyone at the club remains in peak physical condition. 

The massages are not just for players who have picked up a niggle. On the eve of any away matches for example, Dean will travel with the squad and offer massages to players that helps them sleep, which is all part of the team’s preparation. 

He also has to make sure all the stock of medical equipment we may need is readily available, help set up the treatment room and perform any last minute massages that are needed.

Chris Short
First Team Fitness Coach

Having been involved in the game both as a player and as a coach, Chris Short joined the club in the summer of 2013 as First Team Fitness Coach.

After enjoying spells with the likes of Notts County, Sheffield United and Stoke City during a 15 year professional career, Short went on to secure a BSc Sports Science Degree from Manchester Metropolitan University alongside a diploma in Sports Massage Therapy.

Since his retirement from the game over a decade ago, Short has been employed as a massage therapist with Blackburn Rovers, Sheffield United and Derby County alongside holding the position of first team fitness coach at Crystal Palace, Leicester City and Leeds United.

Heavily experienced in the field, he also enjoyed a spell as Head of Performance at Brad Friedel’s Soccer Academy in Ohio, USA.

In his everyday role, Short is responsible for the conditioning of the players, including rehabilitating gym and Cryotherapy sessions as well as monitoring body compositions and nutritional requirements and conducting warm-up sessions for all players and individuals.

Alongside his duties for the club, the 42-year-old is due to row the English Channel this summer for charity.

Dan Birdsall
Strength & Conditioning Coach

Having spent six years with Morecambe Football Club as Head of Sports Science prior to joining the club in the summer of 2013, Dan Birdsall boasts a degree in Sport and Exercise Science alongside the FA Applied Football Science and Conditioning award.

Wholly experienced in the field, Birdsall provides sports science advice and feedback on a daily basis and works closely with the medical department during gym based rehabilitation of injured players.

Providing each player with a tailored recovery plan following matches and training, he also works closely with the medical department during gym based rehabilitation of injured players and structures the general conditioning program for the whole squad focusing on improving strength and power whilst reducing the risk of injury. 

Kristian Aldred
First Team Sports Scientist

After securing a 1st class honours degree in Sport & Exercise Science and an MSc in Sport & Exercise Science Physiology at the University of Central Lancashire in 2011, Kristian Aldred joined the club in the same year as a Sport Science intern.

Originally brought in to support the academy squad, Aldred progressed to work within Wanderers’ development squad set-up before joining the first team backroom staff in the summer of 2013.

Alongside monitoring the daily training load and producing summaries of collected data to ensure that the players are at the peak of fitness, Aldred also administers Cryotheraphy sessions and assists other members of the medical department with gym and field based conditioning sessions.

Alan Watmough
Soft Tissue Therapist

Now in his third full season as a member of the club’s medical department following eight years with Preston North End, Alan Watmough works full time with the first team squad with his role requiring him to administer both pre and post training treatments of all players.

Working under the supervision of Head Physiotherapist Steve Megson, Watmough helps to form part of the rehabilitation treatment of injured players as and when required and provides soft tissue work on matchdays alongside assisting in setting up medical and nutritional equipment.

Outside of his role with the club, he also works in a well-established chiropractic clinic.