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Chris Markham appointed as Bolton Wanderers’ Technical Performance Director

15 February 2021

Bolton Wanderers is pleased to confirm the appointment of Chris Markham as the club’s Technical Performance Director.

Chris will support manager Ian Evatt in establishing an elite and innovative performance culture for the football department.

During his eight seasons at Huddersfield Town, where he was Head of Analysis, Chris was part of the Terriers’ staff who achieved an EFL record 43-game unbeaten run, as well as winning promotion from League One via the play offs in 2011/12.

He spent five seasons in the Championship with the West Yorkshire side and was a key member of David Wagner’s backroom staff as they won promotion to the Premier League for the first time in their history.

Chris joined the Football Association in 2017 where he was Head of the innovative Game Insights Department leading on key strategic projects across the Men’s and Women’s games. This included applying a modern approach to player monitoring for the England Men’s Senior Team to aid squad selection and the world-leading Penalty Shoot Outs project. Chris also played a key role in opposition intelligence for the major international tournaments, including the 2018 Russia World Cup.

Chris said: “It’s is a very exciting time to be involved with Bolton Wanderers and I’m extremely pleased to join the club at such an important stage.

“In the short term, I am looking forward to supporting the manager in any way necessary to allow him to continue to focus on evolving his team and embedding the identity on the field.

“In the long term, my aim is to provide stability and develop a platform for Bolton Wanderers to be successful for years to come, aligning to the ownership’s vision of forward thinking and doing things differently.”

Wanderers Manager Ian Evatt said: “We are delighted that Chris has joined us. He is highly experienced having worked at Huddersfield Town and the England teams for a number of years.

“We are both aligned with our views on the future and I am excited to work with him to provide a solid structure for the future of Bolton Wanderers Football Club.”

Sharon Brittan, the Chairman of Bolton Wanderers, said: “I’m really pleased by the appointment of Chris, whose talent and experience will make a real and immediate impact at the club.

“Chris is excited by our long-term vision and we are delighted to have attracted a person of his calibre.”

Chris will start his role at the University of Bolton Stadium on Monday 1 March.


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