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Goodman discusses new role

29 June 2017

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Goodman discusses new role

29 June 2017

Notts County academy manager Jon Goodman has outlined what he hopes to achieve in his new role with the Magpies.

The former Nike Academy head joined Notts last month and spent his early weeks at Meadow Lane adapting to his new surroundings, meeting staff and learning more about the club's philosophy.

And, with the academy players now in pre-season training, Goodman is looking forward to working towards his ultimate aim - with the help of assistant manager Richard Thomas.

He said: "Our remit is to develop first-team players for Notts County.

"Richard will be a big help to us because he's got great experience as an academy manager at Leyton Orient and a wonderful relationship with Kevin Nolan, who is also very supportive of everything we're trying to achieve.

"The manager's eyes are on the first team but he is very aware of everything that's happening underneath."

Goodman's work at the Nike academy spearheaded the development of players released by professional clubs, such as former Notts loanee Jorge Grant.

Possessing a sports science background, Goodman is keen to build on his reputation of developing players with 'real athleticism', while also recognising the importance of improving each individual as a person.

He said: "I was very lucky when I retired early to do a sports science degree, really when it was in its infancy in the late 90s. I was one of the first sports scientists to work in football.

"Over the years sports science has evolved enormously and I've been lucky to work with some really good support teams.

"If we look at every aspect of player development, there's a scientific rationale behind the best practices. That's what we're trying to implement while remembering there's a human factor.

"These are young men trying to find their way in life so everything we add to the programme is to empower them to make good decisions, have successful careers and be good people."

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