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Coaching staff boosted with new arrivals

Lee Clark bolsters his backroom staff with three new additions

28 June 2017

Left to Right: Tony Caig, Lee Clark, Paul Smith & Jim Henry Bury FC Media
Left to Right: Tony Caig, Lee Clark, Paul Smith & Jim Henry

Manager Lee Clark has appointed three new key members of staff to his coaching team with the arrival of Head Physio Paul Smith, Sports Scientist Jim Henry and Goalkeeping Coach Tony Caig, who all arrive with a wealth of experience and expertise from Championship clubs.

Physio Paul Smith arrives at Carrington with over 20 years’ experience of working in the game. Specialising in the treatment, management, rehabilitation and prevention of sports injuries with a proven success rate in the reduction of non-contact injuries and injury recurrence.

Paul has a wealth of experience in the game with such clubs as Notts County, Derby County, Rotherham United and a seven-year spell at Sheffield Wednesday.

Sports Scientist Jim Henry joins Paul amongst the back-room staff with the Shakers. Again, Jim arrives with a wealth of experience and expertise in his field. A former champions Judo athlete, Jim retired from competition in 1990 and developed a successful conditioning business for athletes.

Jim joins the club as a specialist in football conditioning and will set to work immediately to evaluate both the demands of the game, and individual player physical, physiological and nutritional needs ahead of the new season and going forward.  Jim’s previous clubs include Aston Villa Sunderland and Celtic.

Goalkeeping coach Tony Caig also arrives at Bury with a wealth of experience. As a player, Tony represented such clubs as Carlisle United, Newcastle United, Hibernian and Charlton Athletic as well as clubs in the United States and Canada. With just under 500 appearances to his name, Tony easily stepped into the coaching role once he stopped playing and briefly took charge of Carlisle United as caretaker manager in 2013 and 2014.

Speaking of his new arrivals, manager Lee Clark said:

“Paul Smith has come to us with a wealth of experience. He’s worked at the highest level and has worked with top players. He came in and showed a real passion and wants to be a part of what we are doing here. He’s bought into it straight away and has already made a few tweaks to the facility and what he has to work with.

“For me, this is a massive appointment after last year. That doesn’t mean I am pointing the finger at anyone, we all have to take responsibility for the injury situation last season. It’s a crucial role and that’s why it took a bit of time to get the right person and we went through a very diligent process to get him in and we are delighted with the outcome.

“Paul comes from a background of physio’s. His father was a very experienced physio with England and the FA. Paul has been brought up on high standards and working with the best, so we are delighted to have him with us.

“Jim Henry is another with some huge experience. Again, he’s worked at the highest level in the Champions League with Celtic and he’s worked in the Premier League with both Aston Villa and Sunderland and was a valuable member of Martin O’Neill’s staff at three clubs.  He’s one of the very best and has come in and made a huge impact already.

“The changes he has made and the work he has don, over the summer, with the players that were injured. The work he does in terms of strength and conditioning and fitness will be up there in terms of the very best.  It’s a real coup that we have somebody with such a CV at our football club.

“Tony Caig is somebody that I have played with and worked with at Newcastle. He will make the position his own. Having worked in the same role at Carlisle and Hartlepool, he comes to us with a vast knowledge of the goalkeeping industry and, again, comes with experience.

“I’m delighted with the way the staff is looking and the way the squad is looking, we just need a couple of more additions and we will be there. Now with the players arriving back on Thursday, I can get my boots on and get back onto the training ground.”

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