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Two backroom staff members moving on

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Two of the club’s backroom staff will be moving onto pastures new, ahead of next season.


Head Physio Ketan Patel will join Sunderland AFC, whilst Head of Physical Performance Michael Cooper will join Tottenham Hotspur.

Director of Football Martin Ling was keen to praise the two, who have been an important part of our staff.

“Ketan has been a valuable member of the backroom team since the day I walked into the building,’ said Ling. “He was actually the second new employee I bought here, and has been so important.”

“Unfortunately for us, an opportunity that he can’t turn down has arisen at Sunderland AFC, and whilst it frustrates me in one way, and am pleased on a personal note this has happened for Ketan.”

Patel said: “I’d like to thank Martin, Nigel and Kent, who have been brilliant since I joined the club, as well as all of the board and staff, and the players I have worked with in my time.”

“I’ve had a really enjoyable four years at the club, and would like to wish its supporters all the best for the future.”

Cooper said: “It has been a privilege to work for this fantastic club for the last two seasons. I would like to express my gratitude to the board, staff, players and fans who made my period at the club such an enjoyable and worthwhile one.

“Despite all of the difficulties that we have all faced during this time. I feel such a strong affinity to the club and will continue to support them from afar. Up the O’s.”

New Opportunities

“Mikey has been with us for two years now, and it’s the second time I’ve worked with him. When I bought him back in to take the role I knew he would be a great success, and that’s proved to be the case,” said Ling.

“When a club like Tottenham come calling, we have to accept that those opportunities don’t come around often, and on a personal note am pleased that he has the opportunity to go into a role which is a massive step up for him.”

“These departures also show that we are a club where both players and staff move onto bigger and better opportunities; which is something we are always proud of.”

“We wish them both all the best in the future, and they will always be welcome back at The Breyer Group Stadium.”