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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

All You Need to Know about New Gor Mahia Coach Frank Nuttall

The 46-year-old was born on May 4th 1968 in Hamilton, Scotland

He holds a UEFA Pro License, the final coaching qualification available, meaning he is qualified to manage in the UEFA Champions League or the Europa League

Nuttall loves books. He signed for Greseley Rovers in October 1991 from Welsh League side Bridgend Town at a time he was pursuing his Masters degree at Loughborough University as a 23-year-old. He also worked as a senior lecturer in sports science at the University of Glamorgan (currently called University of South Wales after merger in April last year) between 1995-1988.

He holds a BA Degree in Human Movement Studies and a Master Degree in Sports Science from Loghborough University

His present clients include the Football Association (FA), the Chinese FA, FA Wales, Saudi Arabia FF, Qatar FF, Kuwait and Palestine FA, The Football League, the Asian Football Federation where he works as a coach educator among others. He has also worked for the England u20, u19 and u17 national teams

Among an array of football related services he offers includes injury prevention, sports science, talent identification, youth development, coaching education, fitness, training technology among others.

He joined Middlesbrough in June 2008 as a fitness coach replacing Nick Allambly. Nuttall was brought in by Gareth Southgate as the head of Boro’s physical development department and one of his first jobs was to help ex Egypt international, Mido (notorious for weight gain during offseason), regain fitness. “I wake up every day at 6am and train with Frank at 9am. I have lost 10 kilos and I want to lose four more this month. I apologise to the fans for last season and I am working very hard for the new season,” said Mido.

The highly-rated sports scientist has worked as a fitness coach for West Brom, Rangers, Bristol City, St. Mirren, Middlesbrough, Hibernian FC, Rotherham United, Al Nasr SC (UAE), South China AA FC and also for the Korea Republic FA.

He has worked as an assistant coach in two previous clubs; Al-Nasr in 2006 and China League One division side Qingdao Hainiu who gained promotion from League two last year. Nuttall was at the club until he left to take over at Gor Mahia.

Playing as a left-sided defender/midfielder, he was at Glasgow giants Celtic FC for two years, between 1985 & 87, winning the Scottish League under manager David Hay. Nuttall however never played a competitive match at Parkhead having been signed after trials with Hamilton and Patrick Thistle mainly featuring in Celtic’s youth and reserve teams.

He takes over the reins at Gor Mahia from caretaker Manager Frank Ouna who has been in charge of the league leaders on temporary basis after Bobby Williamson was appointed head coach of national team, Harambee Stars.

The Scot finds Gor in a comfortable position as they currently top the table standings with 42 points, two ahead of Sofapaka and with two games in hand.

His first game will be a tricky away game against title challengers Tusker FC on the 14th of September.

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